Make more Python packages available (on Windows)
The included Python in Paraview is capable, but it could be improved by either adding additional packages, or else providing some means to add them after installation. The two most relevant to my work are scipy and sympy, though I'm sure others have their own lists.
- scipy is part of the de facto standard scientific stack, right behind numpy. It provides numerical tools for things like quadrature, ODEs, and the like. Many of its underlying routines are wrapped Fortran, C, or C++. It is included for Unix, apparently. (https://discourse.paraview.org/t/superbuild-scipy-for-windows/2154)
- sympy is a pure-python symbolic manipulator, similar in purpose to Mathematica.
The solution that requires the least work from users would be to simply include these libraries in the default distribution. The solution that requires the least development work would probably be to create a mechanism (or at least instructions) for users to customize the Python distribution. Whatever the eventual choice, package availability should be consistent across OSes.