Galaxy Advanced Engineering


A Universal Graphics Library Insta-Plot for Micro and Mini - Computers

The Universal Graphics Library (UGL) is a high-level FORTRAN graphics library designed to support applications in engineering, scientific, and business environments. UGL's integrated routines allow programmers to generate graphics with the wide range of capabilities. Universal Graphics Insta- Plot (UGLI) is but one of many applications that UGL supports, and was primarily developed to allow "quick and dirty" plots to be made without the necessity of requiring a user to write applications linked with UGL by writing FORTRAN Code. UGLI can easily generate a number of different types of graphical plots, depending on the user's needs. It can be started either interactively or from previously created data files that are ASCII formatted text files. These data files may be generated by UGLI itself or by an independent application. All that is required is the data that defines what needs to be viewed, i.e., typical X-Y data pairs.

For many years, engineering and scientific applications have been executed on mainframe or midsize computers. Very large investments have been made in not only the software developments, but also in the associated data files that have been accumulated throughout the years. UGLI is structured to allow maximum usage of existing data files with minimum interactive tailoring to suite the desired final look. Thus, UGLI will allow an orderly migration path of existing data files to the PC environment. UGLI also provides expanded capabilities to existing graphics without expensive up front development.

The Micro (PC), Mini (UNIX), LINUX and VAX/VMS and ALPHA/AXP version of UGLI is compatible with these operating system platforms. The code is an executable 32-bit product. The same version of the products is available for Networking Environment.

The main body of code is identical on all system. There are some variations in output devices that are routinely supported. For example, on UNIX system, a X-Window Driver is normally the primary interface to the user 9with a terminal interface for multi-user systems). On a PC, a VGA/SVGA driver replaces this interface, and on other host systems, some terminal or printer is usually the preferred target device.

The following list itemizes some of the capabilities of UGLI:
  • Multiple plot type:

    I. 2-D and 3-D graphs and plots.
    II. Interactive processing for:

       1. New TITLE(s)
       2. New X-LABLE
       3. New Y-LABEL(s)
       4. Rescale X-Axis
       5. Rescale Y-Axis(Axes)
       6. NEW Input file
       7. Point Connect(s) with/without/lines
       8. Run-time EDIT File
       9. Company Name
     10. UGI and GAE LOGO
     11. Change Output Device
     12. Date on plot (On/Off)
     13. Border (On/Off)
     14. Plot Type Control
     15. COLOR (On/OFF)
     16. Character HEIGHT
     17. Integer X-AXIS
     18. Integer Y-AXIS
     19. Real X-AXIS
     20. Real Y-AXIS
     21. GRID Spacing
     22. Linear-Linear
     23. Log X
     24. Log Y
     25. Log-Log
     26. Define LEGEND
     27. Line STYLES
     28. Curve MARKERS
     29. Line THICKNESS
     30. Data AVERAGEING
     31. Curve SMOOTHING
     32. FONT Enhancement

  • Support for common printer/plotter formats (HP LaserJet III/IV and PostScript).
  • Support for VGA and SVAG displays.
  • Generation of plots for word processing packages such as WORD and WordPerfect.
  • Optional Printer/Plotter drivers to support older hardware.
  • Windows 3.x, Windows 95/98/2000/NT and latest of Windows operating system supports all the Windows device drivers.
  • Supports multi-plot per page as well as gif format output to support the web pages.
  • It includes the utility that converts any existing CA-TELAGRAF and let you to plot within UGLI program.

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