Cairo (1.5-9)

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R graphics device using cairo graphics library for creating high-quality bitmap (PNG, JPEG, TIFF), vector (PDF, SVG, PostScript) and display (X11 and Win32) output.

Cairo graphics device that can be use to create high-quality vector (PDF, PostScript and SVG) and bitmap output (PNG,JPEG,TIFF), and high-quality rendering in displays (X11 and Win32). Since it uses the same back-end for all output, copying across formats is WYSIWYG. Files are created without the dependence on X11 or other external programs. This device supports alpha channel (semi-transparent drawing) and resulting images can contain transparent and semi-transparent regions. It is ideal for use in server environments (file output) and as a replacement for other devices that don't have Cairo's capabilities such as alpha support or anti-aliasing. Backends are modular such that any subset of backends is supported.

Maintainer: Simon Urbanek
Author(s): Simon Urbanek <>, Jeffrey Horner <>

License: GPL-2

Uses: png
Enhances: FastRWeb
Reverse depends: abn, FastRWeb, FunNet, phonR, sparkTable, tourrGui
Reverse suggests: abn, aroma.core, ARTool, BoutrosLab.plotting.general, corclass, corrplot, dexter, dexterMST, dplR, drugCombo, eurostat, ggmcmc, gppois, hamlet, HTMLUtils, IsoriX, metaviz, patternplot, plotly, R.devices, R2SWF, repr, Rilostat, shiny, trelliscope, trelliscopejs

Released about 3 years ago.

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