[metapost] MetaPost - terminally ill or just playing dead?

Michail Vidiassov master at iaas.msu.ru
Thu Mar 23 09:36:09 CET 2006

Dear Laurence,

On Thu, 23 Mar 2006, lfinsto1 at gwdg.de wrote:
> I'm not migrating anywhere from MetaPost.  I like MetaPost and will
> continue to use it, whether any improvements are made to it or not.  It
> ain't broke, it doesn't need to be fixed.
> I use it primarily to process the output of my own package, GNU 3DLDF,
> which currently only outputs MetaPost code.  One of the purposes of 3DLDF
> is to get people interested in MetaPost, METAFONT, TeX, and the work of
> Donald Knuth in general.
> If most people prefer to use other packages, who cares?

Newcomers do care.
While 2D features of metapost form a consistent and well-documented set,
3D packages for it are being developed.
Whae a newbie choses a free light-weight 3D graphics package with TeX 
support to invest his time into (learning, beta-testing, patching), then
not only the current set of features matters, but also the likelihood
of future enhancement and support. In this respect the size of userbase
and the volume of development activity matters.

       Sincerely, Michail

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