an image, data, and function plotter
descartes is written in the Python programming language. This makes descartes independent of the operating systems: it works under Linux as well as under MacOS and Microsoft Windows. Its wxPython graphical user interface makes descartes look and feel like a native application.
To run descartes, you need to install the following free software on your computer:
To download the latest release, follow this link:descartes-0-7.zip. Normal, this link should bring you to a sourceforge mirror selection list. Follow the instructions given there.
The above link, however, is reportedly blocked by some provider's proxy configuration. In this case, go to the project page at sourceforge.net. Scroll down to the Latest File Releases section and follow the Download link. The link Download descartes-0-7.zip brings you once again to a sourceforge mirror selection list.
Just create a new directory (MS Windows: folder) named descartes, and unpack the zip archive into this directory.
MS Windows: open the descartes.py application with a python interpreter (e.g. wpython of the Enthought distribution).
Linux: if installing descartes as root, it is recommended to unpack to /usr/local/src/descartes; make the descartes.py script executable (chmod u+x); if necessary, adapt the first line to the location of your Python binary; create a symbolic link from /usr/local/bin/descartes to /usr/local/src/descartes/descartes.py (but opening the startup image does not yet work when launching descartes from outside the source directory).
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