IPE Drawing Tool is a free open source software for graphing. It follows friendly with TeX programming and writing, and that's when my question comes along.

I've been trying, for a few days now, to plot function (mostly trigonometric, polynomial and exponential simple functions) on IPE by trying to install ipelets, but I was completely unsuccessful. I found some of them, but couldn't install them. When I tried to copy the .lua addons to the ipelets folder, I couldn't open the software anymore. Specifically I got interested by IpePlot, but I really couldn't install it.

So, how could I plot professional looking function graphics, since I can't do it with IPE drawing tool? Am I doing something wrong?

Here are a few more details on how I've installed IPE and IPEPlots ipelet. I'm on Windows 7 Professional right now.

I've download IPE software from here. Then I extracted its contents on a folder directly o C: main directory. Here are its contents:

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After that, I've download the ipelet from this link. I've put the plots.lua inside the already existing folder, like this:

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And then, when I go to bin folder and try to open the software, it doesn't work. That's the full problem.

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    Examples include pgfplots, asymptote, tikz and pstricks. The ordering is intentional but only my personal opinion.
    – user121799
    Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 2:44
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    Yeah, tikz will be my next approach. But I'd really prefer not to touch on that until I really have to :) Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 2:50
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    Just as suggestion: Try pgfplots first instead of the manual TikZ approach. It makes plotting much easier.
    – TeXnician
    Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 7:17
  • How did you try to install ipeplots? I created an ipelets directory within my .ipe directory, and created plots.lua within that and it worked just fine. Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 14:50
  • @AntoineEgo I have updated the question so you can see what am I doing wrong. Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 18:53

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First check the main Ipelets directory from Help Show Configuration this is where the lua file must go.

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Download the Plots Manual from https://github.com/lahvak/ipeplots/raw/master/manual.pdf

Download the Plots Lua file from https://github.com/lahvak/ipeplots/raw/master/plots.lua
Make sure you download this master copy (in many browsers hover and use right click save link as)

Place the Lua file in the directory from the configuration Ipelets folder
Ideally in your system environment there should be set IPELETPATH=drive:folder/as/above

Restart IPE and check plots is showing

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  • Oh man, that's awesome. Just one question: The IPELETPATH, do I put it inside the ipe.conf file? Commented Apr 21, 2019 at 3:31
  • Sorry your win 7 so go to Control Panel System > advanced system settings "environment Variables" and add new if its not already there. Variable name is IPELETPATH value is the path c:\....but I don't use it so don't know if its really needed
    – user170109
    Commented Apr 21, 2019 at 3:50

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