3D Curves (Connected sets of (x,y,z) points in 3-space)
3D Contour Curves (3D Triangles/rectangles to be contoured)
3D Rectangular mesh data (z-values on a rectangular xy-grid)
4D Volumetric data (A field variable on a rectangular xyz-grid)
2D/3D Vector data (Vectors in 2-space/3-space)
The application plotmtv and supporting documentation are available via anony- mous ftp from:
plotmtv [-Pprinter] [-3d] [-colorps] [-debug] [-l] [-nodate] [-nopixmap] [-noxplot] [-pfg foreground color] [-pbg background_color] [-plotall] [-print] [-printcmd command] [-scale scale] [-v] datafile1 datafile2...
A complete description of all of the command line options can be found in the plotmtv man page. Some of the more frequently used flags are:
-colorps Instructs the postscript rendereer to include colors in the description of the plot.
-nodate Suppresses the printing of and time and date stamp on postscript hardcopy.
-l(andscape) Prints the postscript plot in landscape (rotated) mode.
-pfg foreground_color Specifies a preferred foreground color (e.g. WHITE, GREEN)
-pbg background_color Specifies a preferred background color (e.g. RED, YELLOW)
-plotall Plots all the data sets found in a single plot.
If no command line options are invoked, the simplest use of plotmtv would be as follows:
where file.dat is a data file in the MTVDAT format. Most of this quick start document will focus on examples of creating data files in MTVDAT format.
A file in MTVDAT format consists of command lines (beginning with a $); instruction lines (beginning with a %); comment lines (beginning with a #) ; annotation lines (beginning with a @); and data lines (beginning with a data value, i.e. a number). These data set descriptors are summarized in Table 1.
Both command and instruction lines consist of