The Data Plotting Software DISLIN

IT / Software / Bioinformatics

Ref.-No.: 0704-1308-WT

DISLIN is a high level library of subroutines and functions that display data graphically. It is intended to be a powerful and easy to use software package for programmers and scientists that does not require knowledge of hardware features. The software is available for the programming languages C/C++, Fortran 77 and Fortran 90/95. For some operating systems, the languages Perl, Python, Java, Ruby, TCL and the C/C++ interpreter Ch are also supported.

DISLIN can display graphic information directly on graphic terminals or store them in metafiles. The supported display types are VGA, X Windows, Windows API and OpenGL. The supported file formats are GKSLIN, CGM, HPGL, PostScript, PDF, WMF, SVG, PNG, BMP, PPM, GIF and TIFF. DISLIN metafiles can either be printed on various devices using the DISLIN driver program DISDRV or imported into third party products such as TeX and MS Word.

The library contains the following features:

  • 9 software fonts where each font provides 6 alphabets. PostScript fonts for PostScript, PDF and SVG output, X11 fonts for X terminals and TrueType fonts for Windows displays and WMF files can also be used.The different aphabets contain Roman, Greek, Russian, mathematical and special European characters. TeX instructions can be used for plotting mathematical formulas.
  • Plotting of two- and three-dimensional axis systems. Axes can be linearly or logarithmically scaled and labeled with linear, logarithmic, time, date, map and user-defined formats.
  • Plotting of curves. Several curves can appear in one axis system and can be differentiated by colour, line style and pattern. Multiple axis system can be displayed on a page.
  • Plotting of legends.
  • Elementary plot routines for lines, vectors and outlined or filled regions such as rectangles, circles, arcs, ellipses and polygons.
  • Shielded regions can be defined.
  • Business graphics.
  • 3-D colour graphics.
  • 3-D graphics.
  • Elementary image routines.
  • Geographical projections and plotting of maps.
  • Contouring.
  • Graphical user interface (GUI) routines based on Motif and Windows API functions.

Price list for DISLIN

License EUR US Dollar
PC EUR 120,-- (+ tax) $ 180,--
Workstation EUR 360,-- (+ tax) $ 540,--
Campus EUR 800,-- (+ tax) $ 1.200,--
World EUR 2.400,-- (+ tax) $ 3.600,--

Manuals in English are available in the online help of DISLIN, or can be downloaded in HTML format.

The DISLIN Homepage is:


The contact address of the DISLIN author is:

Helmut Michels, MPI für Sonnensystemforschung, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 3,
D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
Tel.: +49 551 384 979 334, Fax: +49 551 384 979 240,