[OS X TeX] Adding text, etc. to figures... why don't we just do it like this...

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sat Feb 21 19:49:00 CET 2009

On Feb 21, 2009, at 8:47 AM, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> On Feb 21, 2009, at 8:57 AM, Joseph C. Slater PE, PhD wrote:
>
>> I used to be a big fan of psfrag before pdtex. pdftricks, etc.,
>> isn't quite as convenient (I might have the names wrong). I had to
>> get something done quickly the other day and put $k_1$ on a figure,
>> and simply did the following.
>>
>> \includegraphics[]{fig.jpg}\hspace*{-2.4in}\raisebox{1.2in}{$k_1$}
>>
>> Am I missing something, or why are some of the other tools
>> necessary? Is this just not robust enough? Granted, it took a few
>> compiles to get the positioning right.
>
> What if you have a plot to which you want to add 30 or 40 labels
> (which I often have)? Doing it with the method described above would
> send me to an asylum. :-)
>
> It just so much easier to place them with a mouse in Illustrator.

I prefer to label as much as I can in the originating program
(typically DataTank and DataGraph), since I typically have to
regenerate figures a couple of times while writing a paper.  For
labeling photos or other graphics, I use Create (poor man's
Illustrator :) for the reasons Gary mentioned.

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