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Drawing Software?

  1. Jul 26, 2014 #1
    Is there a widely used free drawing program that is used in conjunction with LaTeX for math books and physics text?

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  3. Jul 26, 2014 #2
    First, I would look into tikz.

    There is also asymptote.
  4. Jul 27, 2014 #3

    Filip Larsen

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    For geometrical figures I believe geogebra [1] would be very suitable. I remember using the old xfig [2] for my LateX work way back, but I guess it hasn't evolved much since then.

    [1] http://www.geogebra.org/
    [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xfig
  5. Jul 27, 2014 #4
    Ahhh, I remember xfig.

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    This Geogebra seems to be very good. Better than Mathematica for my needs.
    Thanks Filip.
  8. Jul 27, 2014 #7
    I am playing with xfig as I used it a long time ago. Is this able to do perspectives to make 3-d looking images, or would I just have to rely on my freehand skills.

    Geogebra seems really cool. Can that output be incorporated into LaTeX?

  9. Jul 27, 2014 #8
    XY-pic is another possibility, it is invoked from within the tex document to draw diagrams etc.
  10. Jul 28, 2014 #9

    Filip Larsen

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    I have never tried it myself, but according to the manual [1] it should be possible both to annotate your drawings with LaTeX equations as well as export it to formats usable with LaTeX. Also, the sharelatex site [2] has a nice little video on how to use Geogebra to generate LaTeX figures [3] that seems to explain it well.

    [1] http://wiki.geogebra.org/en/LaTeX
    [2] https://www.sharelatex.com/
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  11. Aug 6, 2014 #10
    Is it possible to couple LaTeX and WordPad?
  12. Aug 6, 2014 #11


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    No need of that. You can use MS Word and it's equation editor.
  13. Aug 6, 2014 #12
    WordPad isn't the same as MS Word, and, besides not so suitable, as We wish.
  14. Aug 6, 2014 #13
    There is a plugin for OpenOffice that allows you to use LaTeX. It has been a while since I have used it, so Google is your friend on that one.

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