The matplotlib philosophy is one of "make easy things easy" - which I
totally agree with.
I am a new user of matplotlib; and a relatively new Python programmer.
I am trying to produce some bar charts for a colleague, in an attempt to
show how easy it is to do this with Python/matplotlib (as opposed to the
old Excel/cut-n-paste approach!).
I think I have got the basics OK (two subplots), but I am struggling
with what *I* think should be trivial tasks - such as setting line
widths, font sizes, bar colours etc. The examples do not really seem to
deal with these issues, and in fact the homepage implies these are for a
"power user", which I find strange because these are some of the first
things most users want to "fiddle" with! What I have done as a
temporary fix is alter all the settings in the matplotprc file; but this
is not ideal as these settings affect *all* charts.
It appears the manual (which I assume might be able to help me) is not
"downloadable". The link :
results in a 2.41MB PDF file, which Acrobat Reader reports is
"damaged". (I also noticed when running
the download, that the download manager seemed to be expecting a 4.5MB
shows how to setup labels for a bar chart - but it would be great if
there was a line-by-line explanation of what each step means; its not
The last point of "mystery" to me is that of "plot" vs "subplot" vs
"bar" - are these all essentially the same family of object, with some
differences in their capabilities - or vastly different beasts?
Any help with these "newbie" issues would be appreciated!
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