datavisualization library and the package
pgfplots (based on TikZ) both produce pretty nice plots in LaTeX. To someone starting to do that, what are the differences between the two and what may make one preferable to the other?
- In the 2012 one the answer is that
datavisualizationis still experimental and thus recommends using
- In the 2014 answer states that both are reasonable options. The differences pointed out here are
pgfplotsis more mature
datavisualizationis a bit more verbose
So, what is the current state of affairs? As a start, here are my thoughts after skimming through both documentations. Please expand on them and correct me, where I got the wrong impression.
pgfplotsseems to support more plot types by default.
datavisualizationit seems to be very easy to add new plot types. Is the same true for
datavisualizationis an inbuilt solution. This guarantees a very high degree of interoperability and consistency in the syntax with the rest of TikZ.
- Both seem to come with very nice defaults.
- I assume that both allow changing every aspects of how each elements of the plot is visualized.
pgfplotshas a much larger user base, which means more help here.
- Are there any differences in the capability to handle large amounts of input data?
datavisualizationwas added to TikZ after
pgfplotsalready existed, I assume that the author deemed some of the design choices in