ANN matplotlib-0.30 - matlab style python plotting

[This didn't make it through when I sent it this afternoon. Not sure
why; sorry if you get a duplicate. ]

matplotlib-0.30 is available for download at, and has many new features since the
last major release.

Multiple outputs

  matplotlib now supports postscript and GD output, as well as the
  traditional GTK backend. The postscript backend goes a long way
  towards the goal of acheiving publication quality output. The GD
  backend allows you to use matplotlib even in environments with no X
  server, such as for a web application server serving dynamic charts.

Log scaling
   With the help of Andrew Straw, matplotlib now has log axis
   capabilities, with new commands semilogx, semilogy and loglog


  With the help of Charles R. Twardy, matplotlib now has a matlab
  compatible legend command. See

Numerous bug fixes and minor additions

  DPI parameter allows multiple output resolutions with correct
  Several bug fixes in GTK interactive mode using

  Multiple ways to specify colors, including matlab compatible format
  strings, RGB tuples, and html-style hex color strings

  Rewrite of line class for much greater compatibility with matlab
  handle graphics commands and flexibility in choosing line styles and

See for screenshots
and for more detailed
information on what's new.

John Hunter
Hi Nigel,

There has been a discussion on the scipy mailing list about a desire
to include your matfile in the scipy distribution. There is a
problem, however, in that scipy is distributed under a BSD compatible
license and the maintainers are hesitant to put GPL'd code in for fear
that it would hinder adoption by the business community. Would you be
willing to release a version of your matfile under a BSD/Python
compatible license for inclusion in scipy? There is currently support
for matfile version4 , but version 5 would be wonderful.

BTW, I have also done some work in matlab/python compatibility in a
plotting library I developed
Thought you might be interested.

John Hunter