Before I get too far into this I should note that any of the news items
I post in this section are just that - news. Either I happened to run across
them via some mailing list I was on, via some Usenet newsgroup, or via
email from someone. I'm not necessarily endorsing these products (some
of which may be commercial), I'm just letting you know I'd heard about
them in the past month.
R is a system for statistical
computation and graphics. It consists of a language plus a run-time environment
with graphics, a debugger, access to certain system functions, and the
ability to run programs stored in script files. R implements a language
which is not entirely unlike the S language developed at AT&T Bell
Laboratories by Rick Becker, John Chambers and Allan Wilks. Indeed in the
absence of an R manual, you can (mostly) get along by using the S manual.
Changes: There have been
lots of bug fixes since the last release, please check the ChangeLog for
details. The most important change is probably that the windows version
now is in sync with the unix version.
- Year Two
The IRTC CDROM (Year Two)
is a compilation of all entries made to the Internet Raytracing Competition
during its second year of operation. As the IRTC is bi-monthly, this covers
round #7 (May/June 1997) to round #12 (March/April 1998). There are over
1000 images and source archives available.
In addition to the entire
year's worth of stills submissions, the CD also contains the first three
rounds of the quarterly animation competition (October 1997-January 1998
through April 1998-July 1998). This CDROM is designed to be
used with a web browser - the entire CD is indexed via HTML and bears some
resemblance to the IRTC website (with enhancements).
For more details see:
Mesa to be
integrated with XFree86
Precision Insight has announced
that Brian Paul has given them authorization to integrate the majority
of Mesa directly into X as a product they will call X-Mesa and distribute
under a license similar to the existing XFree86 license. (The announcement
isn't clear if this is going to be a GPL/BSD licensed commercial product
only, a GPL/BSD licensed product that will be freely available, or a subset
of the actual XFree86 project.)
DC20 is a user friendly
package for the Kodak DC20 camera. It consists of two programs, a low-level
driver for manipulating the camera from the command line and a Tcl/Tk front-end
which uses the driver. You can use the internal viewer, or choose any standard
Changes: This is the first
ImageMagick (TM) is a package
for display and interactive manipulation of images for the X Window System.
It is written in C and interfaces to the X library, and therefore does
not require any proprietary toolkit in order to compile. Although the software
is copyrighted, it is available for free and can be redistributed without
fee. ImageMagick is known to compile and run on virtually any Unix system
and Linux. It also runs under Windows NT, Windows 95, Macintosh, and VMS.