[ntp:questions] Re: A utility called "S"?

Peter Boettcher boettcher at ll.mit.edu
Mon Jan 5 16:30:56 UTC 2004

"David L. Mills" <mills at udel.edu> writes:

> Danny,
> You are exactly right about Matlab plots. Actually, earlier Matlab
> versions produced better looking publication quality plots, which you
> can see in my papers. As reviewer, I scathe authors who don't take the
> trouble to jack up the font size to something readable. However, unless
> you are very careful, the axes labels and scaling get really ugly. The S
> stuff handled that really well.
> I know that professional typesetters have become truly rare, and I got
> to watch one run an ancient Linotype machine once, but makers of
> professional publication software like FrameMaker and Matlab need to
> coax some of those guys out of retirement and get their plots and graphs
> to scale well and look good in print.

Speaking of typesetting, I've gotten some terrific results using
MATLAB and LaTeX, using a cute MATLAB script called "laprint" to
replace all the ugly text with LaTeX strings.  The fonts are
consistent with the rest of the document, appropriately sized, and
just nice to look at.


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