[OS X TeX] Asymptote tutorial?

J. McKenzie Alexander jalex at lse.ac.uk
Mon Apr 22 10:23:30 CEST 2013

Many thanks for all the detailed replies. Given the number of documents in French, it looks like I'll be searching for an online translator that can handle PDFs. (Google Translate doesn't like large files, it seems.)

And I generally agree with the recommendations for PGF/TiKZ, at least for two-dimensional graphics and figures. However, for 3D graphics of any complexity, the best tools I've found so far seem to be Asymptote and Sketch.

Best wishes,


On 21 Apr 2013, at 18:35:51, Franck Pastor <franck.pastor at skynet.be> wrote:

> Anyway, it can't be doubted that Tikz is better integrated to LaTeX than Asymptote. Still, it is easier to program your own macros/functions in Asymptote since it's a full-fledged programming language, close to C++. And it is very powerful, far more than Tikz, especially for 3D drawings which Asymptote fully supports. See this very impressive documentation (also in French):
> http://marris.org/ressources/ASY_3D.pdf
> Franck Pastor

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