Dear forum members,
I have a physics lab report due soon, and I am beginning to panic. I have no other graphing software, and gnuplot is not making it any easier for me.
To begin with, I have no idea how install it. I downloaded a file from sourceforge for win32(no idea what that means, I only chose it because the name suggested it is intended for Windows). Then I extracted the gnuplot file. So is that it? Is the program now installed?
(I have tried Googling for installation istructions, but I cannot find anything that would help me).
Then I tried to launch gnuplot through the Command prompt on Windows XP by simply typing gnuplot, but the comman promt just returned a message saying that there is no such program on my computer.
I explored the downloaded gnuplot file further on. In the bin folder I clicked on something which was called pgnuplot, and the program( a sort of command prompt) opened.
I tried to plot my data by typing plot "physics" (with the quotation marks", and physics being a txt notepad-file with my data in columns). Whenever I do this, the program just says warning: Skipping unredable file "Physics" .
I don't know what to do anymore. I have wasted already hours upon hours on trying to figure what is worng with it. I purchased a book called Gnuplot in Action, but it did not answer my questions.
Please, is there anyone who can help me?
I will appreciate all help.