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Program for Graphic Design

  1. Jan 15, 2008 #1
    Hi folks,

    I'm looking for a solid program to design graphics like pendulums for oscillation tasks etc. I would like to integrate them in LaTeX afterwards.

    Can somebody recommend me some software you find useful? Maybe Illustrator?

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  3. Jan 15, 2008 #2


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    Illustrator would do I suppose since you can make vector images with it.
  4. Jan 15, 2008 #3


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    Inkscape works quite well and is free. It is not as advanced as Illustrator but works well for simple illustrations.
  5. Jan 18, 2008 #4
    much appreciated!

  6. Jun 2, 2008 #5
    Hello all!
    I am a new member here and I would like to ask you something.

    I am teaching Physics in Greece and I would like to have a program to create some schemes as easy as possible.

    I would like something better than MS paint but something easier than corel or illustrator if possible.

    Here you have some examples attached

    Once you suggest me a program, do you think that I can find a library of cliparts with objects like the ones you see? (arrows,springs,pulleys etc)

    Thanks in advance

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  7. Jun 4, 2008 #6
    Well, just decided to use smartdraw!
    It's very good with lot of cliparts.

    The only negative is that I can't find any clipart showing springs.

    Any idea where to find?
  8. Jun 5, 2008 #7


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    You could do what I do, but it requires some patience. Whenever I needed something like a spring or a drill bit, which takes a long time to draw, I stashed a copy into a separate Illustrator file called 'weird ****'. Next time that I needed one, I'd just copy the original into my new project and rescale/reorient it to suit the purpose. It's a relatively simple and painless way to build up a fairly impressive library of components.
    Unfortunately, I can't access it since W dumped a coffee into my iBook. The new MacBook won't run my Illustrator anyhow, so now I'm starting over with Inkscape.
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