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What additional applications would you like to see?

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I would like to see an application to analyse and visualise flowcytometry data. There are some Bioconductor packages for R that can handle this, but its awful. Now, I am using WinMDI2.9 under wine for this purposes. I am sure, there is too less demand for this functionality :-(.

Something like ImageJ would also be awesome. To quantify various pixel-image features (e.g. size of bands in an agarose gel; histology stainings ect.)
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Re. GIS: Marble is a globe viewer. That's what it does and that's what it's good at.

A nice and useful GIS application is QGis. Technically it's not KDE, but it has lots of features and gets better all the time, largely thanks to sponsors from Switzerland and an active developer community.

Working on a KDE "skin" for QGis (a la Firefox/KDE) is probably a much more efficient use of resources than any alternatives I can think of.

As for other Science/Engineering applications, I think the reason why there aren't many for KDE is that there aren't many for Linux to start with. In turn, this is probably due to it being for the most part vertical software so lots of effort for relatively little gain.

One way to tackle this problem might be trying to "horizontalise" it somewhat, by writing lots of generic libraries intended to solve the component parts common to many scientific and engineering problems. To give an example, nobody is going to be writing a KDE road design application anytime soon, but this could be different if we had quality components like a good geometry library to work with lines, circles, and spirals; a good volume calculation library (for earthworks stuff); likewise as regards digital terrain modelling, vehicle dynamics, etc., etc. Once all that sort of stuff is available, we could start seeing lots more vertical apps.

Just my 2p
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Since my time is very limited, I haven't checked if this already exists in KDE somwhere deep down, but I would really like to see a program for making charts. Something where you type in some numbers and then you choose chart type and click on a button and then you get a nice chart, preferably in KDE style, as my teacher likes the style KDE has.

I know there already is such functionality in OpenOffice Calc, but the charts there look like GNOME (to have something to compare with) and it is very difficult to get it right.
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Hi.

I begin a PhD in astrophysics and what many scientists need is a full mathematical/plot Qt library (so it's more a Qt project than a KDE project...) with the following components :
- true 2D plots classes (Qwt is quite limited)
- 3D plots classes
- statistics classes (for plots)
- a LaTeX interpreter/displayer
- a full basic plot widget (with the selection of an input file, zooms on the plot, colors etc...)

If the KDE team launches this project it would have a huge success...
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Hi,

Do you have a "health" or "medical" section ?
I can suggest to add the freemedforms-project packages. There are in debian wheezy in version 0.7.6 and on launchpad ppa in version 0.8.0.
http://freemedforms.com

Thanks
Eric
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TheBlackCat wrote:
  • An IDE for script (interpeted) programming languages, particularly python

Yes! That is what is missing!
Something Like Spyder! Easy to use, simple, IPython compatible...
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Honestly, none of the linux plotting / statistical calculations hacked it for my last two papers. I went & used Origin and graphpad prism to finish things. I'm so sorry I finished things, I promise always to use OSS from now on. So, I need an application to hide my face on facebook when I'M using non-free stuff.

Alright, that's a little too sarcasitc. But there is some truth. The professional stats/graphing packages cover all the basics and make nice looking plots without too much trouble. Things like QTIplot or the various front ends for R (e.g. RKward) produce very fragile output via fragile procedures. There is always some sort of hack for everything that must be learned by trial and error. At some point, I just give up and go find someone with a working graphing/stats package.

When you look at the internet sales photos for OSS graphing packages, they look fantastic. But, they are way too much trouble, and, I can't send a graph or analysis to a colleague for review if it requires coding skills to change anything. Nor can I ask them to load up multiple packages on their windows/mac boxes where the output isn't that good looking. If KDE had a program that made legitimately good looking scientific graphs (includes all the fancy box plots, inserts, stacking plots, symbol alteration by color, shape, size) and had the basic biostatistics (ANOVA, ANCOVA, post-hoc tests, clustering analysis, 2-way ANOVA, outlier removal, etc.) that would be a huge help. Every year, grad students & cash strapped professors look around for a cheaper alternative. If you look at ImageJ / Fiji, you'll see a product that originally a photoshop clone that is now dominant throughout the scientific world for editing and quantifying images.

What I'm proposing doesn't even need to be a new package. There are many OSS projects that sort-of have all the graphics sort-of working, some that write to file formats that can be exchanged with professional packages, some that have biostats tests (although usually not at all straightforward to key in data). There is a huge code-base but no finished product. I guess that's the point.
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@jdaniels do you know labplot? The last stable version is from kde3 times but there are some recent good news. Have a look, maybe it's what you are looking for.

Joan
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stefan.ivic wrote:
TheBlackCat wrote:
  • An IDE for script (interpeted) programming languages, particularly python

Yes! That is what is missing!
Something Like Spyder! Easy to use, simple, IPython compatible...


Well, KDevelop does that since a while. ;)


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there are enough application already in this forum..

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