Release Notes


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SM's Release Notes

This is the fifth-and-a-half distribution of SM(1), but it might still have a few problems. As usual, the authors are actively using SM and it is pretty reliable. (If you don't agree send mail! You may be able to do this with the gripe command).

These Release Notes should include all the changes to SM since version 1.2, but do not detail all of the bug fixes.

Changes Prior to Version 1.2

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Changes to BOX to write labels correctly. Two separate problems fixed (LIMITS -5 5 0 0.2 TICKSIZE -1 0 0 0 BOX should now work).
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A fix to stop x-axes having jiggles on some devices.
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Miscellaneous changes to the imagen driver.
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Changes to stdgraph support a new postscript entry.
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A new postscript graphcap entry, which should produce smaller files.
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Support for coloured lines, in drivers and graphcap.
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A Sunwindows driver, dev sunwindows, used with gfxtool.
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An additional variable syntax, DEFINE name |, to allow access to SM internal variables like expand.
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Restrictions on the length of macros that can be edited have been removed. In addition, the editor now starts on the first line of macros (not the header line). The history buffer is still 80 lines long.
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A new edit character control-Q to quote the next character.
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An interface to fortran, and documentation of the C calls that SM uses, to allow programmes to link to the SM libraries.
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An option to specify the number of lines on your terminal in the TERMTYPE command.
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A change to the default LOCATION, the better to fit x-axis labels.
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A shell escape (pass a command to the operating system), and a change directory command (! and CHDIR).
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A table of contents and index to the manual.

Changes from Version 1.2 to Version 2.0

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Fixed unix version of SM to accept redirected input. Who knows for VMS?
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Command line is read differently. The old behaviour (read one argument, treat it as a macro file, read macro file, strip path/suffix and attempt to execute) is preserved as the -m option. Otherwise, simply execute command line after the startup macro
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Added logfile option to command line (-l logfile), mostly for debugging
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Allowed FOREACH var { list1 } { list2 }, to allow keywords to appear in list1
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Fixed Interrupt handler to return control to user if requested
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Made spaces (and tabs) within quotes non-special, so they can appear as parts of single words
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New utility get_grammar written in C to extract grammar from yacc files
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Added support for ~ in CHDIR
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Made default verbosity 1 not 0
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Made PRINT page if printing to terminal
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The header lines written by PRINT now start with a #, so they can be read without using the LINES command
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Added commands SAVE and RESTORE to save and restore a complete session
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Replaced SHOW by a macro
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Fixed READ OLD to change ERRORBAR and WINDOW to new formats
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Allowed the use of \ to continue long lines
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Columns of data may now be separated by commas as well as white space
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Removed all restrictions on the number of columns in a data file
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HELP gives the values of variables and vectors, as well as macros
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In the unlikely event of SM detecting an internal error (e.g. a segmentation violation) a SAVE file called `panic.dmp' is now written to your current temporary directory
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Strings in double quotes are now treated as words (e.g. "2.80 ", note space following 0)
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TERMCAP variable is treated as the actual termcap
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Added explicit copyright statements to the code, to clarify its status as not being public domain, but the property of its authors
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Added WHATIS builtin function, to determine type of a string
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Added OVERLOAD to allow overloading of keywords, also added set_overload macro to set some of them up. "compatible" also makes use of this facility to redefine commands such as points
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Made do i=1,10 { if($?$i) { ... } } as expected
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Allowed TeX-style labels (if $TeX_strings is defined)
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Allowed points (of specified angle and ptype) and lines (of specified ltype) to appear in strings, if you are using TeX labels
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Allowed you to declare an error handling macro (called error_handler) that is called after control-C interrupts
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RESTORE can be used to read history files
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You can now specify lists of file/graph/termcap files to be searched in order, allowing private modifications string if it can't be opened as a file Changes to do with history and the editor:
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Made TERMTYPE with a negative number of lines turn off cursor motion
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Changed default bindings to make ESC-q quote_next (in addition to control-Q), and control-} an emergency control-M
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Changed editor to use termcap
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Changed editor to follow columns past a blank line
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Made history ignore consecutive identical commands
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You can now repeat a search to look for a command further back in the history list (use ^TAB)
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Changed paging of history list to allow you to search (use ? while paging to find out how)
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Changed terminal read routine, so control-S/control-Q and typeahead should now work at least under Unix. (`A la unix: characters appear as you type. Refresh the screen (control-L) if it gets scribbled on)
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The history system was deleting commands when the difference between the top and bottom numbers in use exceeded 80, rather than when there were more than 80 commands on the buffer. Fixed this, and took the opportunity to take the size of the history buffer from the `.sm' variable `history' (default : 80)
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Added command HISTORY - to list history in backwards order
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allowed you to move deleted words from line to line (control-[h/control-[u etc.)
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made a TERMCAP environment (logical) variable override a termcap in `.sm'
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Renumbered lines with every HISTORY command. Insert should now work
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ESC-y will successively restore recently deleted lines, up to a current limit of 5. Changes to do with macros:
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Macros beginning ## are not listed if VERBOSE is 0.
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Added command RETURN to return from a macro, or to the prompt if encountered outside a macro. (Useful when fiddling with command scripts)
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We now document that lines beginning # in macro files are comments, and are output for verbose > 0. Lines beginning # in data files now also comments, printed for verbose > 1, lines starting ! are always printed. Note also that lines ending \ are logically continued to next line in data files, as well as to the command language.
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Macros may be declared to have variable numbers of arguments
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When editing macros, RET in the middle of a line splits the line at that point. The behaviour of the history editor is unchanged. We now delete blank lines as we go, so typing many RET's will just get the 1 line, and it'll go away if you control-P or control-N without typing something
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If a macro has a -ve number of args in MACRO EDIT, it is deleted
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If VERBOSE is 3 only trace macros as they are executed, VERBOSE 4 is the full trace
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Added command KEY to define keyboard macros. The keys PF1 - PF4 may be specified in a terminal independent way.
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Allowed you to redefine macro arguments inside macros, including ones that weren't declared. This allows you to use numbered variables as temporaries.
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Allowed MACRO name { DELETE } to delete macros with an uppercase "DELETE"
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Empty macros are deleted upon leaving the macro editor Changes to do with variables:
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Added more macros to utils, for instance arrow, wilcoxon, and smirnov
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Changed DEFINE var ? to allow prompt string The value of the variable now consists of the complete line typed, rather than just one word. You are now offered as a default value the old value, if it is defined
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Added uxp and uyp for user plot position to DEFINE var | rule.
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Made variable names being defined appear on error traces
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Added variable $date with value of the current date and time
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Allowed you to redefine macro arguments inside macros, including ones that weren't declared. This allows you to use numbered variables as temporaries. Changes to do with vectors:
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allowed < ... > as well as { ... } for PRINT and SORT
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Added SET DIMEN(WORD) = expr to declare WORD, and initialise it to zero. Also a macro declare to do this for you
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{ list } is now an expression
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Allowed READ < list > as well as READ { list }
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Changed verbosity in vector arithmetic to report first error in a call for VERBOSE > 0, but only report further errors for VERBOSE > 1
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Added new operator INT(expr) to take integral part of an expression, can be used for rounding.
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Changed precedence of CONCAT to just below `+' and `-'
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allowed < list > as an expression
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Allowed v1 and v2 to both be scalars in ?: statement

Changes to how plotting is done are as follows:

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Stopped SM changing between graph and alpha modes so often, flashing the screen
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Changed behaviour of CTYPE commands, and treatment of colour in graphcap. It is now possible to specify a private set of colours for use in drawing lines
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Added support for plotting to terminals other than the one that your are logged onto
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Changes to prevent plotting at above device resolution
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Added command PTYPE { list } to plot a user defined symbol at points
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Wherever the name of a vector is expected you can now use an expression in parentheses
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Added support for aspect ratios in drawing characters
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Allowed DRAW ( num num ) by analogy to RELOCATE ( num, num )
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Fixed ERRORBAR to accept scalars for size of errors
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Redefined IDENTIFICATION as a macro
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Added ILABEL 3 to BOX, to omit both ticks and labels, useful in conjunction with AXIS
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Added test in BOX for arguments to logarithmic axes out of range
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If ANGLE is non-zero, it is used for XLABEL and YLABEL (e.g. ANGLE 360 YLABEL N)
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Added axis(), curs(), gflush(), plotsym(), and shade() to interface.c
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Changed ticksize in interface.c to take real arguments, not integer
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WINDOW now ignores initial value of location and attempts to fill (almost) entire screen with little windows
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WINDOW can be used to draw boxes that touch
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Changed playback to allow you to optionally specify the line or range of lines to be played back, and similar changes to hcopy.
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If the two limits given for an axis in the LIMITS command are the same, the limits for that axis are not changed.
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When using the RANGE command, LIMITS now attempts to centre the axes on the median of the data.
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Can now shade inside a region, or shade a histogram (see SHADE).
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Changed fonts somewhat. Old characters in old order available as old_fonts.bin (in `.sm' file), added Old English font (\o), changing font sizes inside strings (\digit), and a number of new characters.
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Modified filecap to understand FITS data files for contouring.
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In a label, (e.g. PUTLABEL), @\ is printed as a real \.
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Added ASPECT command, to allow you to override SM's choice of aspect ratio (e.g. to position labels for a plot that will finally appear on a laser printer)
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Fixed WINDOW to allow boxes to touch. The macros wind and bo take touching into account when labelling axes.
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made histograms draw `flanges' at ends (as had been done historically) Changes to stdgraph:
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Changed stdgraph to accept %T for 12-bit encoded Tektronix (Also changed graphcap to reflect this: xr, yr, XY, TB, SC)
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Removed RT capability from graphcap, and changed stdgraph to use ch and cw (the height and width of the hardware characters)
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Added DT to graphcap to deal with funny requirements of devices
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added support for raster devices (e.g. printronix). These actually use a combination of graphcap and a stand-alone rasteriser
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Added support for area fill in graphcap for PTYPE n 3 Changes to drivers
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The postscript drivers are now available landscape, postscript, or square (and work over a network for Unix users)
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The sunwindows driver now supports a cursor
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control-C interrupts now work even if you are using sunwindows
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Mouse buttons work with the X10 cursor
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There is a new SunView driver (device sunview) that creates its own graphics window. Bug fixes: (only the ones most visible to users are noted)
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Fixed bug with PTYPE n 3 for angle != 0
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Fixed bug in CONTOUR, to do with 2 lines in one plot cell; previously always assumed lines SW-NE
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Fixed bug in CONTOUR, that could lose last row/column of contour plot
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Fixed occasional bad axis labels
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Fixed rounding error in drawing ticks
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Fixed contouring fortran files
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Fixed precedences of logical and and or
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Fixed bug in CONTOUR to do with point at (or beyond) right hand size of image
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Miscellaneous postscript problems fixed

Real, Inconsistent, Changes from V2.0 to V2.1

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The programme's name has been changed to SM, that the default directory name is now `sm', and that the `.smongo' file is now called `.sm'.
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Typing `make install' now installs the macro and help libraries. The destinations of some files is now different -- see the main Makefile for details.
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The compiled graphcap entry format has been changed (fixed); you must rerun `compile_g'.
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The command SET name = macro(vector) has been changed. Previously only one argument was permitted, but it could be an expression, and the result was returned by assigning to $1 in a rather confusing way. Now many arguments are permitted (but they can't be expressions), and the result is returned as $0. See SET in the manual for more details.
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the SET DIMEN(vec) = expr statement has been altered, so the right-hand expression must be a number (with an optional suffix to denote a string-valued vector).
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The way you specify limits for logarithmic axes to AXIS is now consistent with the way you specify them to BOX.
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The 8th bit of graphcap entries is no longer stripped. To include an ascii null (\000) in an entry specify \377, a \377 may be written \377\377.
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You must now include the library utils.a in addition to plotsub.a and devices.a when linking to SM as a graphics library.

Changes from Version 2.0 to Version 2.1

Note that the programme's name has been changed to SM, that the default directory name is now `sm', and that the `.smongo' file is now called `.sm'.

Changes to do with making SM:

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Compilation options are now in a file src/options.h rather than in the Makefiles.
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The compiled graphcap entry format has been changed; you must rerun `compile_g'.

Changes to do with history and the editor:

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Syntax errors now report the macro in which they occur. Beware that this may be incorrect, if the macro has already been fully scanned.
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If VERBOSE is 1 or more, report the line that arithmetical errors occur on (e.g. mismatched dimensions, lg(0)).
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You can now choose your history character (default: ^). This may be useful for TeX strings, I use `.
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You can go to the start or end of a macro/the history list with ESC-< and ESC->. Use ESC-g to go to a line number.
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You can no longer type a space after the history character to insert it into a line -- use quote_next instead (e.g. ESCq^).
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Lines starting with a # in READ EDIT files are comments
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In `.sm' files comments run from a # to the end of the line.
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The various DELETE HISTORY commands now have siblings that omit the HISTORY and do not themselves appear on the history list.
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The way that DO, FOREACH, IF, and MACRO command lists are treated has been fixed. If VERBOSE is 5 or more such lists will be printed as they are scanned.

Changes to do with macros:

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The command APROPOS lists all macros whose names or initial comments match a given pattern.

Changes to do with variables:

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Variables given in <> or {} are no longer tokenised, so spaces will no longer appear in funny places.

Changes to do with vectors:

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You can now specify a printf-style format string to PRINT
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The command SET name = macro(vector) has been changed. Previously only one argument was permitted, but it could be an expression, and the result was returned by assigning to $1 in a rather confusing way. Now many arguments are permitted (but they can't be expressions), and the result is returned as $0. See SET in the manual for more details.
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It's possible to FFT vectors (actually pairs of vectors for the real and complex parts).
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String valued vectors have been added to SM. They may be read from files (either by the row or by the column), printed, assigned to, tested for (in-)equality, and used to set the PTYPE. In the latter case the strings are used to label the points.
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the SET DIMEN(vec) = expr statement has been altered, so the right-hand expression must be a number (with an optional suffix to denote a string-valued vector).
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You can now define variables from IMAGE files (currently only supported for FITS), using DEFINE variable IMAGE
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The expression vector[expr] has been generalised to allow expr to be a vector, so the result is now a vector of the same dimension as expr.
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You can convert an expression into a string using STRING(expr).
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It is now possible to specify that IMAGE files have no header, in which case you'll be prompted for the values of nx and ny (file_type no_header).

Changes to how plotting is done are as follows:

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The values of TICKSIZE now make a difference for logarithmic axes.
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The way you specify limits for logarithmic axes to AXIS is now consistent with the way you specify them to BOX. This Is A Change!
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GRID now takes an optional second argument, specifying only an x or y grid
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LTYPE ERASE allows you to erase some lines in a plot without erasing everything. This is only supported by some devices
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ANGLE and EXPAND can now be given as vectors, to specify different angles and expansions for each point plotted
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DOT will now work with user-defined ptypes
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You can specify a PTYPE of a vector of strings.
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The order of the default CTYPEs has been changed; you can now restore the default using the macro reset_ctype.

Changes to labels:

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TeX strings now makes A_a^b put both sub- and super- scripts on the same symbol (use A_a{}^b if that isn't what you want)
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A new bold (over-struck) \bf font is available.
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If you define the variable default_font it will be used as your default font for labels (including for axes). You can define it in your `.sm' file if you so desire.
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The position of the symbol for the constellation Taurus has been moved; this will not affect TeX_strings users. An Old English full stop is now a full stop.
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`TeX definitions' are now specified in a file (and put into fonts.bin). This will not affect users, but does allow a SM administrator to add new definitions.
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You can use \def to define your own TeX definitions.
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You can specify more than 9 sides in TeX `point' or `apoint'
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The `TeX' commands \raise and \kern are now available to move parts of strings about.
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TeX-labels can now be put into variables without difficulty.

Changes to stdgraph:

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A new encoder command `str` prompts you, then reads a character from the keyboard.
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You can specify graphcap entries (or parts of graphcap entries) on the command line.
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The 8th bit of graphcap entries is no longer stripped. To include an ascii null (\000) in an entry specify \377, a \377 may be written \377\377.

Changes to drivers

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You can now specify options like -Ws to the sunview driver, use -WH for a list.
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There is a new driver for a Unix-PC.
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There is a new X11 driver (try DEVICE x11 -help for a list of options).
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If you write your own drivers, the declarations of some functions have been changed to return void.

Changes to Callable SM

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You must now include the library utils.a in addition to plotsub.a and devices.a when linking to SM as a graphics library.
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The library names have been changed by pre-pending a `lib', so you can now say either `libdevices.a' or `-ldevices'. This allows the -L option to ld to work (under Unix).
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If you compiled SM with an ANSI compiler, you should include the file "sm_declare.h" at the top of any C code that calls SM functions.

Bug fixes: (only the ones most visible to users are noted)

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You can now define arbitrarily big vectors with the cursor.
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LOCATION now works with non-touching WINDOWs.

Changes from Version 2.1 to Version 2.2

Changes to do with making SM:

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Typing `make install' now installs the macro and help libraries. The destinations of some files is now different -- see the main Makefile for details.
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There is now a search path for `.sm' files; you may want to prepare a system-wide one (see SMPATH in the manual).

Changes to do invoking SM

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SM now searches a path looking for .sm files; you can override this by setting the SMPATH environment (VMS: logical) variable.
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The command line option -u name makes SM treat `~' as name's home directory when looking for `.sm' files.
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There is a new command line option -h to print a help message.
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SM now supports a search path for help files.

Changes to do with .sm files:

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Entries in .sm files with `@' in the first column mean that the entry isn't present, and that SM shouldn't search the rest of the path.
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Entries in .sm files with `+' in the first column direct SM to keep looking for more entries, whose values are concatenated with this one.

Changes to do with history and the editor:

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There is now a macro input_new analogous to the Mongo "input" command, but reading a file of SM commands. Not recommended.
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There are two new commands control-R and control-S (or ESC-s) to do searches in macros or history. The use of ^-TAB is no longer supported.
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There is a new command ESC-control-D to delete the current line; this includes deleting it from the history list.
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If you set the variable remember_history_line the history editor will remember where you are in the history list, so a control-P will get the command before the last one that you retrieved.
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Negative history numbers are now taken relative to the current command, so -1 is the previous command.
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APROPOS will (on most systems) search the help files as well as the macro headers.
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When reading from a file (or a pipe) SM will behave as if you gave the -S option.
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Key bindings may now contain ASCII NUL's.
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Shell escapes (with !) now look for a variable $SHELL to decide which shell to use; the Bourne shell is still the default. They also now reset terminal modes before the shell command, and set them after.
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There is a new variable exit_status which is the return code from a shell escape.
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You can now use control-V and ESC-v to move around the history list as well as within macros.

Changes to do with files:

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If you define the variable noclobber (maybe in your `.sm' file) MACRO WRITE and PRINT won't overwrite existing files.

Changes to do with macros:

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If a macro is declared to have 100 or more arguments the last argument will extend to the end of the line.
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Tabs in macro definitions are now expanded to spaces when read; you can set the tab width with the `.sm' variable tabsize.
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Macros used as functions can now be used in expressions.
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In a file of macros, lines starting ## are only printed if VERBOSE is two or more.

Changes to do with variables:

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If a "DEFINE var :" fails, if var is capitalised SM will now look for it from the environment.
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The way that `internal' variables (those defined as DEFINE name |) work is changed. If you don't define them they will always have the correct value -- see the section on DEFINE for further explanation.
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You can get at the size of an image with DEFINE NX IMAGE and DEFINE NY IMAGE (note that NX and NY are capitalised).
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There are two new `internal' variables $nx and $ny which give the current size of the screen in hardware-specific units such as pixels or dots, and $cheight and $cwidth which give the current (average) size of a character in plot units.
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There is a new special form of variable expansion $(expr) which expands to the result of expr (taken to be a scalar).

Changes to do with vectors:

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You can now specify names for user ctypes, e.g. CTYPE={ puce khaki vermillion }.
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You can make the PRINT command append to the output file, rather than simply overwriting it.
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In response to overwhelming public pressure, an element of a vector may once more be specified wherever a number is allowed (e.g. in a RELOCATE command).
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You can now write a number as 1.234d56 if you must.
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There is a new operator ATAN2 that takes two arguments and returns an answer in the correct quadrant.
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STRING will now (by default) produce nicely formatted strings, similar to those used to label axes.
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You can now declare an image (with IMAGE (nx, ny)), and fill it with SET IMAGE(x,y) = z.
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There are some more string operators, similar to those in the new Unix awk, INDEX, SPRINTF, STRLEN, and SUBSTR.
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You can determine how long a string is (in device coordinates) with LENGTH.
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You can specify your own format statement for SM to read lines of data with: READ 'format' { vectors }.

Changes to how plotting is done are as follows:

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The hcopy and hmacro macros will now work even if the printer name is omitted (using the value of PRINTER from `.sm' or the environment instead).
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`Dotted' lines (ltype 1) are now really dotted, not short lines.
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You can now start a new page for hardcopy devices with the new command PAGE.
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The new command ABORT closes the current device without making a hardcopy.

Changes to labels:

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SM's "TeX" macros can now take arguments
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There is a new pseudo-macro \move to move a group around, but leave the current position unchanged.
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There are new pseudo-macros depth, height, and \width to find the dimensions of a group.
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The height and depth information is used to place axis labels more intelligently. This will only work if you draw the axes before the axis labels, which seems not unreasonable.
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LABEL will now draw a string with its baseline at the starting point. If you want the old behaviour use PUTLABEL 6.

Changes to stdgraph:

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:RA: has been retired in favour of the much more general :DV=device:.
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The new :TC: entry is like :tc: but doesn't start scanning graphcap again. This can be used to modify standard entries.
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Comments are now permitted within graphcap entries.
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SY entries can now use $"..." to prompt the user for a string; the $"..." will be replaced by the reply.
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SY entries now support graphcap variables, so that you can say things like
BIN = /usr/local/bin
device|some device:\
           ...
        :SY=${BIN}/rasterise -r $0 $F $1:

Changes to drivers:

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The imagen driver now supports portrait, landscape, and square plots.
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There is a new driver (sgi) for Silicon Graphics's Irises, which should also work on IBM's RS/6000.

Changes to Callable SM:

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The device call now returns 0 for success, -1 for failure.
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You can now compile SM to prefix external names with "sm_" (or any other string of your choice).
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There is a new call redraw that should be used on window systems that need some help redrawing their windows (e.g. SGI's GL, or X11 on machines like RS/6000 that don't support backing stores).

Changes to 2-D SM:

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If you specify nx or ny to be negative they will be taken to be the negation of the actual size of the image, rather than an offset in the file.
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If you specify nx or ny as string values (e.g. :nx=10:ny=100: they are taken to be the actual size of the image (just like the previous item).
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You can get at the size of an image with DEFINE NX IMAGE and DEFINE NY IMAGE (note that NX and NY are capitalised).
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You can now declare an image (with IMAGE (nx, ny)), and fill it with SET IMAGE(x,y) = z.
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You can define any (2-letter) name in filecap and retrieve the value at the specified offset with DEFINE nn IMAGE.
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In FITS files, CRPIX, CRVAL, and CDELT are now interpreted correctly.

Bug fixes: (only the ones most visible to users are noted)

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The problems with calling SM routines have been fixed.

Changes from Version 2.2.0 to Version 2.3.0

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When reading from a file (or a pipe) SM won't trap control-c
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Commands are now put on the history list even if you run with -s or -S.
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The history editor is now active when you have entered a partial command (e.g. macro hello {). There is a different prompt, which you can change by defining $prompt2.
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The primary and secondary prompts can be set by specifying prompt or prompt2 in your `.sm' file.
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In a graphcap SY string, if a positional parameter is called (e.g.) $[3] instead of $3 there's no complaint if it is missing.
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You can now say !expr just like in C
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Two new `number' operators in TeX strings, \multiply and \divide. Both multiply (or divide) by the argument/1000.
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You no longer need the parentheses in vec[(1+2)]. This might be thought of as a bug fix.
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A side effect of the previous item is that whereas define v vec[0] used to be accidently legal, you must now say define v (vec[0]).
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LWEIGHT is now a floating point number
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The graphcap encoder now has limited support for floating point numbers; specifically you can use `%e', `$f', or `%g' to format the bottom of the stack, and `|' to convert the bottom of the stack to int.
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New `|' variables swidth, sheight, and sdepth give the (pixel) size of the last string drawn.
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PUTLABEL 0 str doesn't draw anything, but does set the string dimensions (and any TeX definitions are remembered).
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Commands that draw strings now leave the plot pointer on the baseline at the right of the last character drawn.
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You can give AXIS vectors of values where you want the small and big ticks, thereby finally relieving us of the need to make TICKSIZE infinitely complicated. You can even provide a string-valued vector to specify the labels that you want written.
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There are two new SM variables x_gutter and y_gutter that are used to modify the spacing between boxes left by the WINDOW command.
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You can now specify a font size along with a type in default_font, e.g. \ti\bf\it\2.
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WRITE can now append to a file by saying WRITE + filename.
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SUM is now implemented using a double precision intermediate value.
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There is a new operator RANDOM to generate uniformly distributed random numbers. The seed can be set with SET RANDOM.
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Any combination of string- and arithmetic-vectors is now allowed in SORT.
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If you define $save_read_ptr, the current READ pointer is saved, allowing faster sequential access to a file.
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You can specify a range of columns to be used for reading numerical vectors.
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Macro files may contain left-justified comments within macros which are not included in the macro, but processed at read time.
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The hidden surface code (VIEWPOINT and SURFACE) now works. The C is based on a set of SM macros written by Gabor Toth.
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There are a set of SM macros for use with the new surface commands; say load surfaces if you want to use them.
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If the environment file specified by -f filename on the command line starts with a /, no search path is used. Note that this means that you can't inherit entries from other `.sm' files.
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Argument parsing for DEVICE commands now understands quotes, e.g. DEVICE x11 -title \"Hello World\".
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You can now call the SM parser from your own code. There is also a function to declare your arrays to SM as vectors. Examples have been added to the `callable' directory.
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If VERBOSE is one or more, you'll be warned if the axis labels are expected to overlap the ticks (and a solution is suggested).
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If a macro isn't found, the macro macro_error_handler is called with 2 arguments; the first is NOT_FOUND and the second the name of the macro. If the variable missing_macro_continue is defined (maybe in your `.sm' file) the behaviour is unaltered.
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There is a new command USER ABORT that forces SM to think that a syntax error has occurred.
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If you retrieve that last history command with ^$ or ^^ you will always get the last command, even if it doesn't appear on the history list; using the arrow keys or ^P still gets you the previous remembered command.
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There are macros to support greyscale plots (glevels and greylevel)
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The vms_var filecap entry has been changed, and so has the documentation on how to write out image files under VMS Fortran. For variable recordtype files, you must specify recordtype='variable', and not give a record length. This seems to work for VMS 5.x, but Robert has only been reluctantly persuaded that my "bug fix" in this case is any more than sleight of hand, so you are free to complain vociferously (to monger@mcmaster.ca) if this causes problems.
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SM now supports metafiles via the pseudo-device META and the command META READ file.

Changes from Version 2.3.0 to Version 2.4

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(This one is actually a change for 2.3.0). You can no longer choose your own prefix for SM graphics calls.(2)
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You can specify a pattern to restrict the output of the LIST DEVICE command.
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You can say IMAGE CURSOR WORD WORD WORD to get intensities into a vector.
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An argument of 4 to BOX stops that axis from being drawn.
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VERSION is now implemented as a macro, printing $version.
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The algorithm for choosing axis labels now checks that there is enough room for the labels that is has chosen and acts accordingly.
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Searches are now by default case in-sensitive. You can still use $case-fold-search to change this behaviour.
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You can specify :tc=...: or :TC=...: as part of a DEVICE command.
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You can set the maximum size of string-valued vector elements in `options.h'.
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Removed restrictions on number of vectors in READ and PRINT commands.
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Added atof to convert string-valued vectors to arithmetic.
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LIST DEFINE | will list internal variables (such as $fx1).
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You can use READ ! to continue reading past lines that don't match what SM expects (either the wrong number or types of columns, or a mismatch with the format)
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There is a new format %n that returns the number of fields correctly matched in the line being READ.
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You can now specify the minimum and maximum number of arguments that a macro expects (but see the change notes (see section Inconsistent Changes from Version 2.3.0 to Version 2.4) for a slight inconsistency). Note that you cannot declare macros that expect zero -- n arguments with a macro name nargs {...} command.
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Most of the behaviour that is influenced by values in your `.sm' file will now look at a variable of the same name rather than the `.sm' file directly (they are defined from `.sm' when SM is started).
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There is now support for a wider range of fonts; the changes were introduced to support Japanese. Details in the fonts appendix (see section `Fonts' in The SM Manual).
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Shading with a solid colour on hardware that supports area fills is now done using the hardware support; this currently means X11 and postscript.
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The -f command line option can now be used to name the `.sm' file instead of specifying a full path.
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Startup files can be called `.sm' or `sm.rc'; the latter is looked for first on non-unix machines.
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You can now specify the slant and condensation of fonts with \slant and \condense.
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Support for reading tables, in particular FITS binary tables.
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The WINDOW command can handle ranges of windows (e.g. WINDOW 1 4 1 2:3) (n.b. for a while this was written as WINDOW 1 4 1 2.3).
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You can now create vectors and variables with local (actually nested) scope with the commands DEFINE var LOCAL and SET vec LOCAL.
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PRINT now supports the integer formats 'd', 'o', and 'x'.
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Added colour to the raster devices
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Added new devices to generate pbm, ppm, and gif files.
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Added a compile-time option to use doubles rather than floats for vectors.
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Understand hex integers (of the form 0x...).
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The X11 driver now puts up the current cursor position when in cursor mode; this can be disabled with the -nocurswindow flag to the DEVICE x11 command.
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SM now supports the syntax FOREACH var name { ... } to iterate over each element of a vector name.
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You can access the help string associated with a vector name as the string-valued expression HELP(name); useful in labels as $(HELP(name)).
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(This isn't really new, but it's little known). The devices tpic and gpic can be used to generate figures that TeX can pass to dvips and xdvi.
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You can now use %o and %x formats in READ 'format' ... commands.
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You can now declare a macro abort_handler to trap USER ABORTs.
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Added command DITHER to do Floyd-Steinberg dithering of images.
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Added expressions DO(s_expr, s_expr) and DO(s_expr, s_expr, s_expr) to allow implicit DO loops within expressions.
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You can now extract values from images by index as well as by coordinate; furthermore you can specify entire rows or columns (e.g. set r=image[*,0] to read the entire first row of an image).
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You can refer to an entire image as image[*,*] (e.g. set image[*,*] = 2*image[*,*]).
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Commands like "list device" now work even if device is overloaded.
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Added "list table" to list columns in (fits binary) tables
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When reading tables, you can now say "read table { name[0-4] }" to read an array from the table into (in this case) 5 vectors.
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Added "while { expr } { commands }".
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Added break to escape from WHILE loops.
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Added modulus operator, %.
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Added bitwise operators, | and &.
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You can define the variable print_noheader to stop the PRINT command printing the vectors' names.
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Expressions are now allowed among the arguments of macros used as functions
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The default is now to save the read pointer (see READ).
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Added incomplete Gamma functions (useful for, e.g., chi^2 probabilities)
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SM is now able to open an arbitrary number of X11 devices simultaneously (e.g. dev x11 -dev 1).
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You can request a private colour map for X11 devices; allocating (e.g.) 256 colours should work with this option.
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The connect function for callable SM is now sm_connect (sm_conn is still supported for backwards compatibility).
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Added sm_ctype_i and sm_set_ctypes to manipulate colour maps from callable SM.

Inconsistent Changes from Version 2.3.0 to Version 2.4

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The changes to macros with variable numbers of arguments means that you'll have to declare macros with zero to one arguments as having 01 arguments; the old form (11) means between one and one arguments.
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Italic fonts are now not toggled off again by a second \it in TeX mode; rather you must use explicit grouping with {}.
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In callable SM, sm_window now expects 6 arguments, not 4.
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The macro is_set now does what it says; it doesn't do an implicit WHATIS. You probably want to use is_macro or is_vector rather than is_set.
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The command "set image(expr,expr) = expr" is now deprecated; please say "set image[expr,expr] = expr".
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The command to use ranges of windows is of the form "WINDOW 1 4 1 2:3", but for a while it was "WINDOW 1 4 1 2.3" (it was changed as "WINDOW 1 12 1 8.10" is indistinguishable from "WINDOW 1 12 1 8.1").
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For devices with strange aspect ratios, points are now expanded to preserve shape rather than compressed (this is now consistent with the behaviour of characters). Axis ticks are also suitable scaled.

Changes from Version 2.4.0 to Version 2.4.1

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Added a new SM device TK for creating Tk widgets to display SM plots. See also tkSM in the callable directory.
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Added experimental driver for linux virtual console windows; can corrupt video memory and require a reboot (not, I claim, an SM bug). See RHL for details.
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The variables angle, expand, and ptype now acquire an extra value when vector-valued (namely, the dimension of the vector).

Changes from Version 2.4.1 to Version 2.4.2

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The CURSOR command now always updates the plot position
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The command CURSOR READ updates the plot position, i.e. it RELOCATEs to the current cursor position.
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When using the cursor to define vectors, a `p' is now equivalent to `e' `q', i.e. it defines a point and exits.

Changes from Version 2.4.2 to Version 2.4.4

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Macros are now automatically forced to end in space or newline, which means that local variables/vectors don't softly and suddenly vanish at the end of (some) macros.
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When reading a table, if you specify the name of an array field without specifying the desired element, it's now taken to be 0, and a 0 is appended to the field name.

Changes from Version 2.4.2 to Version 2.4.4

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Added TABLE N command to select Nth HDU of a table; for fits binary tables this caches the read pointer and is much more efficient than using TABLE N filename.
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Added WRITE IMAGE to write images to disk (useful for binary i/o of vectors)
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Added IMAGE DEFINE to define keywords for images written to disk
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Added an ability to run SM from within emacs, e.g. sending the current buffer to be executed; load sm-mode and type M-x describe-mode for details.

Changes from Version 2.4.4 to Version 2.4.5

No record exists of these changes; see the changes in 2.4.6.

Changes from Version 2.4.4 to Version 2.4.6

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Added LTYPE EXPAND to rescale the pattern of dots and dashes used in drawing lines
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Added SET WORD[expr, expr] = expr to efficiently set parts of vectors.

Changes from Version 2.4.6 to Version 2.4.7

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Allow FITS binary tables following image HDUs

Changes from Version 2.4.7 to Version 2.4.8

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Advertised an SM bug page at http://www.astro.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/gnatsweb.pl.
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Support for FITS files with IMAGE extension (IMAGE n filename)
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Support for integer valued vectors. Watch out! This is a major change deep down in SM's insides and may well have broken something. Please reports any problems ASAP.
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Added << and >> operators.
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Allow set_opts to control byte swapping
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Added (bad) CMYK support to DEVICE postfile to make ApJ happy (I hope).
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Added $cwd to track current directory
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Added "DEFINE name < str > [ INT, INT ]" command

Changes from Version 2.4.8 to Version 2.4.20

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Support IMAGE n file [ ... : ... ] to read parts of images.
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Added "STRING<WORD>" to convert text that contains single quotes to SM strings.
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Support e.g. READ " { x y z } to read x, y, and z from the first 3 columns of a file.
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Integer vectors in a SORT { ... } list are no longer converted to float (unless they're being sorted on)
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Integer vectors may be specified as e.g. READ x 1.d as well as 1.i
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The xr and yr fields in graphcap entries may now be given as $n to expand to an argument to the DEVICE command.
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A new option (setting ICLOCK's 0x8 bit) is now supported in Axis to draw axis labels on the opposite side from the ticks.
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You can also choose AXIS's ICLOCK value to totally suppress ticks, but not labels.
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Modify history editor to save last line you modified at bottom of history list (avoiding losing changed by accidental uparrow-downarrow pair).
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Added script make_tags that makes emacs-stype TAGS files from sets of SM macros.
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You can now say MACRO name "02 " { ... } to declare a macro with 0 -- 2 arguments (previously only possible using MACRO READ). Clumsy, but better than nothing.
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Added internal variable label_offset to control how far axis labels are drawn from their axes.
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Added support for writing (FITS binary) tables: WRITE TABLE.
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Added short-circuiting logical operators (in scalar contexts) AND and OR; e.g. if($?foo AND $foo == 1) { echo OK }
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Allow SORT(expr) in expressions; e.g. set x = sort(y)
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Allow set x = y if(scalar)

Changes from Version 2.4.20 to Version 2.4.27

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Allow type qualifiers (e.g. .s) in READ " {}; e.g. READ " { x s.s i.d };
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Allow \colour{} in TeX_strings; also \ctype and \color
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In READ " { vector list } you can specify columns to be skipped as ., e.g. READ " { a . . d }.
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You can now request SURFACE to draw summits that poke above/below the z-axis limits.
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Integer vectors in a SORT { ... } list are no longer converted to float even if they're being sorted on
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All sorts are now done by qsort; heap sorts no longer make sense with the size of vectors people are using.

Changes from Version 2.4.28 to Version 2.4.29

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Complain (if VERBOSE is 1 or more), but allow incorrect PRINT formats. E.g. PRINT '%d' { vec } for a floating point vector (use '%.0f' instead)
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Fix bug in postscript driver whereby the positions of points/lines could drift after many many closely spaced dots. Actually, it's arguably a bug in postscript whereby sequences of currentpoint moveto accumulate rounding error.
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Added device postfileBB to write a postscript file using the external program ps2eps to calculate the bounding box (http://www.telematik.informatik.uni-karlsruhe.de/~bless/ps2eps.html).
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Added optional argument ANGLE to HISTOGRAM and SHADE HISTOGRAM to specify that the histogram was being drawn "sideways" -- equivalent to setting ANGLE to 90 with HISTOGRAM (but that didn't work with shading).
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Added macros xtcolours (and xtcolors) to define the standard X11 colours.
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Added macro contour_dot to macro/images to use a combination of contours and dots for figures with many, many points.
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Support J2000 in eqgal/galeq macros.
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Added macro whisper to plot `whisper' diagrams.
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Added macro frelocate to relocate to a position, taking the box to have limits zero to one.
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Make callable SM support default_font.
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Support device's aspect ratio when using SHADE.

Changes from Version 2.4.30 to Version 2.4.32

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Added support for using SWIG to generate a python interface to SM. This is controlled by a new set_opts option.
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Fixed multi-page postscript files (using PAGE)
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SHADE now accepts an fractional part to the line spacing; this offsets the lines by that fraction of a spacing.
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Made changes so that SM's encapsulated postscript is strictly conforming

Changes from Version 2.4.33 to ??

  • Increased NO_VALUE to 1e300 when using double vectors

    Inconsistent Changes from Version 2.4 to Version ??

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    The CURSOR and CURSOR vec vec commands now only print a help string if verbose is greater than zero.
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    Because macros are now forced to end in space or newline, an extra space may appear in your output. End macro with an explicit # to avoid this.
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    Post sm2_4_13 I increased CHARMAX from 160 to 1000; this caused SM to crash under Mac OS/X. Reverted (only for macs) in sm2_4_22


    Footnotes

    (1)

    Why is it called SM? There is a package called Mongo with a similar command syntax that is in common use in Astronomy departments around the US. Mongo was used as a model for SM, and that's where the `M' came from.

    (2)

    Did you know that sun's fortran i/o package had a function called cursor in it? You see why we had to do this, I imagine. There are lots of functions in standard packages that have names that we use.


    This document was generated on 8 September 2011 using the %M% translator version %I%.