[OS X TeX] making pictures, was "Should I install X11"

Franck Pastor pastor at fusl.ac.be
Fri Jun 23 17:19:36 CEST 2006

Le 23-juin-06 à 17:12, Frank STENGEL a écrit :

> Le 23 juin 06 à 11:13, Robert Bruner a écrit :
>> This seems conceptually similar to XYpic:   write code to produce the
>> picture you want.  Does anyone have experience with both in order to
>> compare them?  Is it apples vs oranges, or apples vs herring?
> I'd go for the former... XYpic is very powerful, but rather terse  
> and hard to manoeuvre. XYpics PDF integration is a bit lacking. On  
> the other hand tikz/pgf is a bit less powerful (try drawing an  
> arrow that connects a graph node to iself) but far easier to use...

And not to mention another very good packages:  mfpic, pstricks (with  
pdftricks or pst-pdf for pdfLaTeX). Or Metapost (external  drawing  
language for LaTeX). There is quite a large choice: see http:// 

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