- #1

Dafe

- 145

- 0

What do you guys use for creating graphs and other figures for use in math/physics papers?

Is there some industry standard being used by science book writers?

Thanks.

You are using an out of date browser. It may not display this or other websites correctly.

You should upgrade or use an alternative browser.

You should upgrade or use an alternative browser.

- Thread starter Dafe
- Start date

- #1

Dafe

- 145

- 0

What do you guys use for creating graphs and other figures for use in math/physics papers?

Is there some industry standard being used by science book writers?

Thanks.

- #2

CompuChip

Science Advisor

Homework Helper

- 4,309

- 49

Personally, I always get annoyed by the ugly stick figures that seem to be drawn with the Brush tool in MS Paint and which are found in many articles.

- #3

Dafe

- 145

- 0

Asymptote looks interesting and quite hard to learn..

Thanks for the reply.

- #4

CompuChip

Science Advisor

Homework Helper

- 4,309

- 49

Mathematica can also do this, although drawing vectors in 3D seems to be somewhat of a pain (there is an Arrow construct for 2D, but not 3D). On the other hand, calculating the necessary quantities (e.g. drawing the line spanned by an eigenvector of a matrix and projecting out a vector along it) is very easy in Mathematica (you can simply use things like EigenVectors[A][[1]] . vector).

- #5

statdad

Homework Helper

- 1,507

- 47

- #6

CompuChip

Science Advisor

Homework Helper

- 4,309

- 49

At the very least you will have to get used to some syntax and to entering with coordinates instead of point-and-click (although for some programs there are GUI's, which - AFAI've seen, don't always work properly or more conveniently than hard-core text coding).

- #7

statdad

Homework Helper

- 1,507

- 47

Photoshop has its own learning curve, and you need to have graphics ready to import to edit. I agree that Tikz and Pstricks have learning curves, but in the context of my message, if someone has mastered latex, either of those two sets of packages should be within reach.

I think the common theme to take away from the replies is that there is no free lunch when it comes to good graphics.

- #8

n!kofeyn

- 537

- 3

http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/" [Broken] is extremely powerful and is probably the most useful once you learn it, but has a steep learning curve. You program it directly into your .tex file. Check out the multitude of examples in the link.

There is also http://tclab.kaist.ac.kr/ipe/", which is more like a drawing editor.

There is also http://tclab.kaist.ac.kr/ipe/", which is more like a drawing editor.

Last edited by a moderator:

- #9

Dafe

- 145

- 0

TikZ looks interesting. I really do not mind a steep learning curve :)

Thanks!

Thanks!

- #10

trambolin

- 341

- 0

For pstricks users there is also http://latexdraw.sourceforge.net/" [Broken], which saved my life a few times. It is producing the Pstricks code on-the-fly as you draw. Then you copy paste the code to your .tex document

It has some limitations about the math fonts but you can modify it with your tex editor later.

It has some limitations about the math fonts but you can modify it with your tex editor later.

Last edited by a moderator:

- #11

Dafe

- 145

- 0

That looks sweet trambolin! Thanks

Share:

- Last Post

- Replies
- 23

- Views
- 592

MHB
Business Math

- Last Post

- Replies
- 5

- Views
- 649

- Last Post

- Replies
- 2

- Views
- 907

MHB
Advanced Math

- Last Post

- Replies
- 1

- Views
- 502

MHB
Math eq puzzle

- Last Post

- Replies
- 0

- Views
- 372

- Last Post

- Replies
- 3

- Views
- 991

- Replies
- 14

- Views
- 469

- Last Post

- Replies
- 2

- Views
- 764

- Replies
- 5

- Views
- 854

- Last Post

- Replies
- 8

- Views
- 528