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Getting XLS-Biplot and co.


(Windows users may skip this section as getting XLS-Biplot will get also a version of XLISP-STAT).

The home page for Xlisp-Stat is

From there, you could go to some of the ftp mirrors or to the main one:
You would find there a folder mswin containing a file named XLSWIN32.exe that includes the full distribution for MS-Windows (directions to install it are in the README file. But to run XLS-Biplot under MS-Windows, is better to use the version of Xlisp-Stat already included in the XLS-Biplot distribution: it is an extended version for MS-Windows made by Forrest Young and co. for ViSta
( It is more user friendly for Windows users than the standard version.

In the same directory you should find a file similar to
xlispstat-3-52-19.tar.gz that contains the full distribution. After getting that file you should compile and install Xlisp-Stat from the sources.

As an alternative, an rpm file for Linux is stored in

Getting XLS-Biplot

XLS-Biplot is available in both in the form of a MS-Windows zip file, and the full distribution for Unix.

In the MS-Windows directory, you'll find these three files:**
The first one includes everything that's needed. It is split in two smaller files for your convenience: the "mini" contains the minimum to give XLS-Biplot a try (it fits in a floppy disk), the rest is in the "rest" file.

In the same place you should find a file xls-biplot.tgz that includes the full distribution and should be useful to Unix users.

In both cases, see appendix A for installation directions.

Getting helper applications

Getting Xfig, Jfig

Brian V. Smith (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) is the author of Xfig. In his own words, Xfig is a menu-driven tool that allows the user to draw and manipulate objects interactively in an X window. The resulting pictures can be saved, printed on postscript printers or converted to a variety of other formats (e.g. to allow inclusion in LaTeX documents).

You don't need Xfig and Jfig at all. These are very good graphic editors that can be used to edit fig files (the primary graphical output that XLS-Biplot produces).

You don't need them, but they can be very useful to customize the biplots obtained from XLS-Biplot.

Xfig runs under UNIX and it is included in some LINUX distributions. You can find information and software about Xfig in, or

Jfig or Javafig is a port of Xfig that runs under MS-Windows using some Java interpreter.
Jfig's home page is

Getting and installing fig2dev

fig2dev is an utility to translate fig files to other graphic formats. In UNIX, it is part of the Transfig package and can be found in the previously cited sites, or

fig2dev has been ported to MS-Windows. The file fig2dev.exe is included usually in the XLS-Biplot distribution. To run under MS-Windows, the cygwin1.dll is needed. It must be put in some directory where MS-Windows programs can find dll's, c:\windows is usually a good place. Look for these files in

Getting and installing Ghostscript, Ghostview, gsview

Ghostscript is a postscript interpreter that runs on most platforms. In UNIX, the usual viewer for postscript files, Ghostview, is named gv, in some GNU/Linux distributions it may be named ggv or kghostview, in Windows, gsview.

Ghostscript has a home page on the World Wide Web with helpful information such as the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and a list of known problems and workarounds for the current AFPL Ghostscript release (in the "Obtaining" file for that release):

More material about Ghostscript can be found at

For MS-Windows users, information about gsview can be found in ghost /gsview/. Installation of these program under MS-Windows is now made really easy.

Getting and installing pstoedit

pstoedit is a utility written by Wolfgang Glunz,, to translate postscript files to many other vector drawing formats (i.e. not bitmaps). Information and software con be get from

The MS-Windows version is included in the XLS-Biplot distribution. It is also included in the gsview package (see previous subsection). Actually, from inside gsview, the item Convert... in the Edit menu, simply calls pstoedit to do conversions.

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