is an advanced and effective software solution designed to assist you in generating vector graphics, aimed mainly for technical imagery. It works in command-line, making use of a C++ similar syntax while LaTex is used for labels and equations.
The tool experiences a quick and easy installation process, subsequent to which you can start working with it right away, provided that you have some knowledge of the language, as it is clearly intended for experienced individuals, proving quite a hassle for novices.
However, should you feel at a loss on how to get started, you can simply type ‘Help’ in the CMD window and a PDF file will be displayed in your default viewer, allowing you to learn every aspect of Asymptote’s functioning.
Aside from the quite hefty help documentation, you are also provided with numerous examples on its homepage, an extensive gallery exemplifying multiple vector graphics that you can create, just by following the step-by-step indications.
Once you have generated an image using your arguments of choice, a simple press of the ‘Enter’ key will display the result in the built-in viewer, allowing you to determine if it matches your needs or if it requires further adjustments. In the latter case, you can return to the CMD window of Asymptote and carry on inputting your parameters.
A double-right click of your mouse in the viewer window gives you access to a menu featuring additional functions. As such, you can modify the spin axis of your vector graphics, export the image to an EPS format file, change the display mode and others.
In closing, Asymptote proves to be a useful utility that you can rely on for creating custom vector graphics for technical purposes. While its usage may not be that transparent, it makes up for it with a detailed help file, that will assist you every step of the way.