|Date:||October 10, 2013|
Toolkits are collections of application-specific functions that extend matplotlib.
Plots data on map projections, with continental and political boundaries, see basemap docs.
An alternative mapping library written for matplotlib v1.2 and beyond. Cartopy builds on top of matplotlib to provide object oriented map projection definitions and close integration with Shapely for powerful yet easy-to-use vector data processing tools. An example plot from the Cartopy gallery:
mpl_toolkits.gtktools provides some utilities for working with GTK. This toolkit ships with matplotlib, but requires pygtk.
mpl_toolkits.exceltools provides some utilities for working with Excel. This toolkit ships with matplotlib, but requires xlwt
mpl_toolkits.natgrid is an interface to natgrid C library for gridding irregularly spaced data. This requires a separate installation of the natgrid toolkit from the sourceforge download page.
mpl_toolkits.mplot3d provides some basic 3D plotting (scatter, surf, line, mesh) tools. Not the fastest or feature complete 3D library out there, but ships with matplotlib and thus may be a lighter weight solution for some use cases.