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Dear All,

Can someone recommend a simple graphics-based software to create figures for a latex document?


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closed as off topic by Loop Space, Zev Chonoles, Emil Jeřábek, Felipe Voloch, Gjergji Zaimi Oct 19 '11 at 11:47

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(1) Why not ask this on the tex stackexchange website? (2) I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "graphics-based". Is it software that uses the mouse for input? – Thierry Zell Oct 19 '11 at 4:36
This is definitely off-topic for mathoverflow but if you explained a little more as to what you wanted it would be on-topic at For example, if you are interested in having a GUI you could look at If there is a particular type of diagram that you are interested in, we might already have an answer on TeX-SX and if not, then ask and someone is bound to have a sensible answer. – Loop Space Oct 19 '11 at 8:32
1. This should be community wiki. 2. with the proviso of 1, the question is certainly of interest. 3. However, the answer depends on the meaning of "figure", so the question should be edited. – Igor Rivin Oct 19 '11 at 9:31
Meta discussion:… – Loop Space Oct 19 '11 at 10:08

I like to use TikZ for LaTex because it looks really clean, you have the same fonts then in the text, you can even use it easily inside formulae etc. But you have to "program" the pictures using coordinates, so it has a bit of a learning curve.

Some examples of TikZ can be found here

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I use xfig on linux.

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is there a good PC alternative? – Lost Oct 19 '11 at 2:38
Some people like inkscape. – Chris Godsil Oct 19 '11 at 2:50

I don't use it myself (what I use isn't inexpensive), but my students seem to like Ipe.

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What DO you use? – Igor Rivin Oct 19 '11 at 9:30
Adobe Illustrator, mostly. – David Eppstein Oct 19 '11 at 14:36

I use Graphics in Mathematica, or xypic package for LaTeX.

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