KnotPlot Manual


Starting KnotPlot

Welcome! This is the top level for the on-line KnotPlot manual. After you execute the knotplot command three windows should pop up on your screen looking something like the following:

Here we see the usual initial statup configuration with the view window, control panel, and command window. These windows may be resized and repositioned as desired. In fact, one useful thing to do after one is familiar with the layout of the control panel is to make it as small as possible. This opens more screen area for the view window but still allows for control of the program. Advanced users can even run without the control panel and command window.

The use of these three windows is explained in the following:

KnotPlot has about 220 commands and 148 parameters, many of which are still not documented. At last count (28 Aug 1995) KnotPlot had at least 1087 support files. These are organized into directories that are described on the KnotPlot distribution page.
As reading a hyper-document can be frustrating (how do you know you've seen everything?), an overview of the entire KnotPlot Manual is available.

If you have just started using KnotPlot, I'd recommend reading about the main control panel first, familiarize yourself with what the mouse buttons do in the View Window, and try out some of the online Demos.

This manual has quite a few missing sections. I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. If you have comments or criticisms, please feel free to email me. Since I'm constantly updating the manual, your local copy may be significantly out of date (depending on when it was last downloaded). You can always read the master copy of the manual as I'm writing it. Of course things may be slower than when accessing your local version.

See the KnotPlot Site for more information, lots of pictures, a few animations, and other goodies. Information is also available on mathematical knots. In addition, you might want to check out my home page.


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