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Asymptote FAQ - Section 1

About Asymptote

Asymptote is a vector graphics language designed for
technical graphics, inspired by MetaPost but with IEEE floating-point
numerics, native three-dimensional graphics, Grayscale/RGB/CMYK colourspaces,
and a C++-like syntax. Unlike MetaPost, it natively supports
multiple-segment paths (and hence regions other than simply connected ones), tiling patterns,
Gouraud shading, tensor patch shading, and PostScript images.
Binary releases are available for Linux, MacOS X, and Microsoft
Windows platforms, in addition to full source code, from the website
http://asymptote.sourceforge.net/. Many Linux distributions (such as RedHat and Debian) now include an Asymptote package (check
your distribution's documentation for further information about this).
If you have a question, please try to find an answer in this FAQ, in
the extensive Asymptote documentation at http://asymptote.sourceforge.net/doc/, or search the forum: http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=409349.
Well, it isn't the perfect graphics package, but we do think it is
getting there asymptotically...
That was our original tentative name for this project, which stood for
"C's Answer to MetaPost" (the language that inspired
Asymptote). However, we eventually decided that the name
`Asymptote`

better emphasizes the mathematical and graphical nature of this language.

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Asymptote
- 22 March 2017

Extracted from Asymptote Frequently Asked Questions,
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