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Producing high quality diagrams, flow charts, schematics etc.

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  • 26-02-2012 6:11pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 26,578 ✭✭✭✭


    Up until now I've just been using paint and the inbuilt tools in Microsoft Office. Is there any LaTeX-ish equivalent for producing high quality smexy diagrams that you guys recommend? :)


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  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 7,485 ✭✭✭Red Alert


    PGF/Tikz without a doubt. There's a small bit of a learning curve but it's well worth it IMHO.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,578 ✭✭✭✭Turtwig


    Red Alert wrote: »
    PGF/Tikz without a doubt. There's a small bit of a learning curve but it's well worth it IMHO.

    Thanks a mil, installing it now. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,578 ✭✭✭✭Turtwig


    This is perfect! :D
    If the mods wish they may close the thread, but I know it's barely lived a day yet.:D


  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 7,485 ✭✭✭Red Alert


    Loads of people tend to wonder how to draw diagrams in LaTeX --- I'm only sorry I didn't discover PGF a long time ago!


  • Registered Users Posts: 271 ✭✭Clinker


    I use PSTricks which is very good, but I'm thinking of changing to TikZ for better compatibility with PDF. The code looks a bit easier than PSTricks too!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,578 ✭✭✭✭Turtwig


    It's very very nice stuff. The only problem I have is getting gnuplot to work for it with miktex in windows. I can't seem to get gnuplot.exe recognised. Has anyone experience with this? I'm using TexStudio with Windows Vista SP2.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,104 ✭✭✭✭djpbarry


    Clinker wrote: »
    I use PSTricks which is very good, but I'm thinking of changing to TikZ for better compatibility with PDF. The code looks a bit easier than PSTricks too!
    I used pstricks for a while but got fed up with having to work around the pdflatex incompatibility - pgf tikz is much, much easier. And it's also compatible with beamer, which is handy for doing "animations" for presentations.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,745 ✭✭✭Eliot Rosewater


    Jernal wrote: »
    It's very very nice stuff. The only problem I have is getting gnuplot to work for it with miktex in windows. I can't seem to get gnuplot.exe recognised. Has anyone experience with this? I'm using TexStudio with Windows Vista SP2.

    Perhaps this issue is solved, but a few days ago I started using tikz and to get the GnuPlot interaction working I had to compile the LaTeX document with the "-shell-escape" argument - so that pdflatex could call the external program.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,578 ✭✭✭✭Turtwig


    Perhaps this issue is solved, but a few days ago I started using tikz and to get the GnuPlot interaction working I had to compile the LaTeX document with the "-shell-escape" argument - so that pdflatex could call the external program.

    Mind if I ask what Operating System you were using? :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,745 ✭✭✭Eliot Rosewater


    Sorry, yes, Linux/Ubuntu - presumably it's a little different for Windows.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,578 ✭✭✭✭Turtwig


    Sorry, yes, Linux/Ubuntu - presumably it's a little different for Windows.

    Yeah no clue how to do it windows.

    I'll still work on it every now and again and if I ever do find the solution to it I'll post it here.
    So you guys won't have to worry about this happening. :)

    wisdom_of_the_ancients.png


  • Registered Users Posts: 48 timbrophy


    There is a very nice free app called GeoGebra which can be downloaded from www.geogebra.org It has the advantage that all graphics can be exported as PSTricks or PGF/TikZ. Well worth using.


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