HotPlot, a Windows Interface for
dotPLOT, the Soil Profile, Borehole and Core-Logging program
What is dotPLOT?
dotPLOT is the
famous South African program written by the late Winston Jones to print soil profiles, core
logs and borehole logs, running at many Civil Engineering and
Geotechnical firms. It produces
graphical logs to the best standards, complete with recognised
geological and soil symbols, which can be overlaid. It is
designed so that you can easily record your soil profile onto a
Dictaphone while down the hole, have it transcribed into a text file, and feed this directly into dotPLOT for
New developments include the option to write PDF files, thus
allowing output to most installed printers, support for colour, screen preview using Acrobat Reader,
and (from dot5008) support for Windows Vista. Versions from dot7002 support 64-bit PCs.
more information on dotPLOT, click here.
dotPLOT runs on DOS: Users who are familiar with the Windows
interface may find the black text-interface irritating, so...
Here is HotPlot!
HotPlot is a Windows front-end for dotPLOT,
developed with the support of Winston.
HotPlot provides you with a familiar Windows interface that runs
dotPLOT for you, hiding command-line switches for a
more friendly visual user experience. This is the HotPlot
All the information
you need to run dotPLOT is available at a glance, and can be easily
changed using adjacent buttons. The [...] buttons pop up an
Explorer window allowing you to find files or folders.
produces output in any of several file formats. Output types are:
Printer, PDF, PDF + Preview, PDF + Print dialog, PDF + Print All
Now, PDF + Print All to...(printer of your choice), PCL, PGL,
and DXF format.
In the case of PDF output, it lets you preview or print the
file immediately via the Adobe Acrobat Reader (or other PDF reader
you may have installed).
If you would like
DEMO version of HotPlot,
Click here to go to the Downloads section below.
HotPlot includes a text file
editor specially designed for dotPLOT, supporting the special
symbols that dotPLOT uses.
Click EDIT (to
the right of the Input File name) to modify the Input file using the
HotPlot Text Editor:
Use the Insert menu to
the (customisable) special symbols that dotPLOT uses, without having
to remember them:
Notice that you can
also run dotPLOT directly from the Editor using this text file and
the settings set on the main screen.
HotPlot also includes a settings editor that lets you edit .SET files
without using dotPLOT.
HotPlot 2.2 and later include a Help file that will rapidly get you
productive on dotPLOT, and an installer that will install dotPLOT for
From HotPlot 3.2, the
Text Editor has a
Spelling Checker with English and Afrikaans geotechnical dictionaries,
and "Find & Replace".
From HotPlot 3.2.3, there is Non-NTFS Network Support
to allow running across all networks. When this is on, HotPlot will
copy files locally for dotPLOT to use, and then put the output PDF file on the
network if required. HotPlot now renames short (DOS 8.3-type) output PDF files
to long filenames matching the input file name.
For a list of all the latest improvements to
HotPlot, click here.
HotPlot is priced at a mere ZAR 3000 (South African Rand) or US$ 300
per PC. Upgrades are free. You must have dotPLOT for it to be useful.
It is now sold together with dotPLOT as a single package.
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add your questions, and send the resulting email.
HotPlot + dotPLOT Program Package
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