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Asymptote is a powerful script-based vector graphics language that provides a natural coordinate-based framework for technical drawin
Asymptote is a powerful script-based vector graphics language that provides a natural coordinate-based framework for technical drawing.
Asymptote has labels and equations that are typeset with LaTeX, for high-quality PostScript output.
A major advantage of Asymptote over other graphics packages is that it is a programming language, as opposed to just a graphics program: it can therefore exploit the best features of script (command-driven) and graphical user interface (GUI) methods.
Here are some key features of "Asymptote":
inspired by MetaPost, with much cleaner, powerful C++-like programming syntax and numerics;
mathematically oriented (e.g. rotation of vectors by complex multiplication);
LaTeX typesetting of labels (important for document consistency);
compiles figures into virtual machine code for speed without sacrificing portability;
uses simplex method and deferred drawing to solve overall size constraint issues between fixed-sized objects (labels and arrowheads) and objects that should scale with figure size;
high-level graphics commands are implemented in the Asymptote language itself, allowing them to be easily tailored to specific applications;
provides a standard for typesetting mathematical figures, just as TeX/LaTeX has become the standard for typesetting equations.
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