Ben Crowder

More PlotDevice experiments

I’ve been playing around with PlotDevice more, and yes, it is awesome. For example, I can quite easily create something like my Latin declension charts programmatically:


As you can see, I’m taking a simple list of words with brackets around the endings and displaying it, styling the endings using PlotDevice’s stylesheet functionality (lines 11 and 15–16). Super easy.

It’s also great for trying out design ideas that would take much longer to prototype in Illustrator, like fan charts for genealogical purposes:


Using that code, which took me less than twenty minutes to write, I can easily try out as many sizing/spacing variations as I want, and the output is high-quality PDF. This is slick.

So yes, I will be using this a lot more lately.

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