[R] 3D package in R

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Jan 6 19:30:21 CET 2001

On Sat, 6 Jan 2001, Yves Gauvreau wrote:

> Hi,
> I would agree with Jonathan Baron if Xgobi wasn't such a fuss to use under
> Windows. For all practical purposes it's not very useful at least under
> Windows. I think a 3D visualization package for R is a very good idea as

I would disagree: for me with my XServer/graphics card it works reliably
and transparently as just another window, just quite a bit slower than
under Linux on the same machine,

GGobi promises to be much easier to use under Windows (it uses GTK+ and
GIMP shows that works well as a native Windows application), and easier to
integrate with R.  When I looked (www.ggobi.org) the Windows binaries were
not there, and when I tried it out on Linux it seemed to have a lot of
missing functionality (either it said so or nothing happened). But the
promise is there.

My own view is that GTK+ looks dreadful everywhere, but that is a matter of

> long as it can be used like any other package on all supported platforms. I
> went to have a look at Blender and I think I understand your idea. If I can
> humbly suggest using an existing and portable library in a manner similar to
> how the core developers have used say Linpack or other similar libraries. A
> common denominator could be OpenGL as it is available for most platform

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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