# Directory `macros/latex/contrib/curves`

README

%% This is file `README'. %% Copyright (C) 1991-2008 Ian Maclaine-cross %% This file may be distributed under the terms of the %% LaTeX Project Public License. %% See file curves.dtx for details. %% Internet: imaclain@gmail.com The CURVES package version 1.53 of 2009/08/31. DESCRIPTION Draws curves in the LaTeX 2e picture environment using parabolic arcs between data points with continuous slope at joins. For circles and circular arcs uses up to 16 parabolic arcs. Also draws symbols or dash patterns along curves. A straight side switch changes curves to polygons. Extends picture capability without extra programs and data files. Parabolic arcs consist of short chords drawn by overlapping disks or line drawing `\special's selected by package options. INSTALLATION If your LaTeX system is comprehensive curves.sty may already be installed. Download `curves.dtx' and run $ latex curves.dtx If you get the error message: ! LaTeX Error: File `curves.sty' not found. curves is not installed. If you get messages about `\straighttrue' undefined you need to upgrade `curves.sty'. If LaTeX stops processing with anything else press `s' then `Enter'. Use the following if you wish to install or upgrade `curves.sty'. Download `curves.ins' and run $ latex curves.ins which will generate `curves.sty' and `curvesls.sty' from `curves.dtx'. To install curves you need to put `curves.sty' on your TeX search path as root or administrator and run `mktexlsr' or equivalent to update the TeX file databases. USE Download and read `curves.pdf' for instructions and simple examples. MANIFEST The program curves consists of the following files: Name Description ---------------------------------------------------------- README This file. curves.dtx Source for all files below. curves.ins Used by LaTeX in generating .sty files. curves.pdf Instructions for use of curves. curves.sty Used by LaTeX to run curves commands. curvesls.sty Obsolete and deprecated since 2000. latex2pdf Example script using latex, dvips and ps2pdf to give smaller PDFs with curves dvips option. %% End of file `README'.

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## curves – Curves for LaTeX picture environment

The draws curves in the standard LaTeX picture environment using parabolas between data points with continuous slope at joins; for circles and arcs, it uses up to 16 parabolas. The package also draws symbols or dash patterns along curves.

The package provides facilities equivalent to technical pens with
compasses and French curves. Curves consist of short secants
drawn by overlapping disks or line-drawing `\special` commands
selected by package options.

Package | curves |

Version | 1.53 |

License | The LaTeX Project Public License |

Copyright | 1991–1996,2000 Ian Maclaine-cross |

Maintainer | Ian Maclaine-Cross |

Contained in | TeX Live as curves |

MiKTeX as curves | |

Topics |
graphics produced by one of the *TeX engines draw (parametric) curves |