Graphics Software

How do I use xv?

xv is an interactive image manipulation program for the X Window System. It can operate on images in the GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PBM, PGM, PPM, XPM, X11 bitmap, Sun Rasterfile, Targa, RLE, RGB, BMP, PCX, FITS, and PM formats on all known types of X displays.

You can use xv on any LPL UNIX machine by typing this command at the UNIX shell prompt: 
/opt/lpl/bin/xv

Click here for more information: XV Home Page

How do I use Xmgr?

Xmgr is a plotting program that provides a wide range of functions such as multiple line plots, color plots, some data analysis tools, multiple axis options and others.

You can use xmgr on any LPL UNIX machine by typing this command at the UNIX shell prompt:
% xmgr

Click here for more information: Xmgr User's Guide
Or here: Xmgr FAQ

How do I use SuperMongo?

On LPL Solaris machines (except hindmost), you can run SM by typing this command at the UNIX shell prompt:
% /usr/local/sm/bin/sm 

Click here for more information: SM Home Page
Or here: The Joy of SuperMongo

How do I use PGPLOT?

To use pgplot to display plots to an x-term window on an LPL Solaris system, csh and tcsh users should use the following commands to set up their environment:

setenv PGPLOT_DIR /usr/lpl/pgplot 
setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH /usr/lib:/usr/lpl/lib:/usr/local/lib:/opt/sfw/lib:/usr/openwin/lib:/usr/ucblib:/usr/lpl/pgplot

You might also need to set your DISPLAY env variable in order to send the output of PGPLOT to your workstation: 
setenv DISPLAY ip-address-of-your-workstation:0.0

Then run the pgplot demo to check your env:

/usr/local/pgplot/pgdemo1 
(answer the device prompt with: /XWINDOW)

If you are connecting from a PC or a Mac to the Solaris system, you will need to start an X server on your PC or Mac before connecting to the Solaris system. 
MacOS X users can download X11 from Apple, install, and run X11 (the install is very easy). 
PC users can download, install, and run X-Win 32

Click here for more information on PGPLOT: PGPLOT Home Page

How do I use gv?

Ghostview is an X11 user interface for Ghostscript, allowing you to view and navigate PostScript files. There are several derivatives of Ghostview that are now in common use. GV is a version of Ghostview with an improved user interface and the ability to display PDF files.

On LPL UNIX machines, you can run gv version 1.5 by typing this command at the UNIX shell prompt:
/opt/lpl/bin/gv

Click here for more information: GV Home Page

How do I use gimp?

The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program, suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

On LPL UNIX machines, you can run gimp by typing this command at the UNIX shell prompt:
/opt/sfw/bin/gimp

Click here for more information: GIMP Home Page

Why are the IDL 5.5 online help files missing from the 5.5 distribution?

David Fanning's miscellaneous IDL tips page has the answer: IDL 5.5 Help Info

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