[R] [R-pkgs] cairoDevice 1.2 on CRAN

Michael Lawrence lawremi at iastate.edu
Thu Sep 21 14:39:19 CEST 2006

The cairoDevice package has recently been released on CRAN. cairoDevice 
is an R graphics device based on the cairo 
(http://www.cairographics.org) vector graphics library. It is 
distinguished from many other devices in its ability to render high 
quality anti-aliased graphics. It is available on all three major 
platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and requires the GTK+ 2.8.0 library 
and its dependencies. For the current users, version 1.2 fixes many bugs.

cairoDevice is capable of rendering in three different ways: to the 
screen inside a GTK+ window, to an arbitrary GtkDrawingArea that is part 
of an RGtk2 GUI, or to any GdkDrawable, allowing for example the output 
of png and jpg images derived from R graphics using the GdkPixbuf 
bindings from RGtk2.

cairoDevice is interactive in that it supports the locator tool as well 
as the getGraphicsEvent() functionality, which previously was available 
only from the Windows device.

To obtain the requisite GTK+ (>= 2.8.0) libraries:

Windows: Download and run the installer from http://gladewin32.sf.net.
Mac: DarwinPorts
Linux: packages from your distribution

Please enjoy the package and let me know if you have any problems,

Michael Lawrence

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