[cairo] Scatter plot optimization?

Arjen Nienhuis a.g.nienhuis at gmail.com
Thu Mar 4 09:40:35 PST 2010

See this discussion:


The trick is to do this one time:

  <draw symbol>
  sym = cairo_pop_group(...);

And do this many times:

cairo_set_source(..., sym)

On Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM, Andrej Prsa <andrej.prsa at guest.arnes.si> wrote:
> Dear Cairists,
> I have a gtk drawing area to which I am drawing with cairo. The plot
> consists of axes, axis labels, and scattered data -- 10,000+ data
> points. Since I didn't find a good way how to do scatter plots with
> different symbols, I am drawing symbols with cairo primitives, i.e.
>        cairo_arc (data->canvas, x, y, 2.0, 0, 2*M_PI);
> or:
>        cairo_move_to (data->canvas, x-2, y-2);
>        cairo_line_to (data->canvas, x+2, y+2);
>        cairo_move_to (data->canvas, x+2, y-2);
>        cairo_line_to (data->canvas, x-2, y+2);
> followed by:
>        cairo_stroke (data->canvas);
> This results in a noticeable lag (from 0.5 to 5+ seconds for abundant
> data points) to plot the data to the drawing area. I realize this must
> be highly non-optimal and I would kindly ask for advice on how to do
> this better. Since the example is more or less trivial, I didn't think
> that including a trace would be crucial; please correct me if I'm wrong!
> Thanks,
> Andrej
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