[texhax] Simple graph theory diagrams in a document

Steve Schwartz s.schwartz at imperial.ac.uk
Thu Nov 22 11:20:18 CET 2007

On Thu, 2007-11-22 at 10:38 +0000, Andy Farnell wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Nov 2007 20:30:27 +0100
> Tom Backer Johnsen <backer at psych.uib.no> wrote:
> > The primary tool is what is called "signed and directed 
> > graphs", consisting of a set of points ("dots" on the paper) and a
> set 
> > of relations between them in the form of arrows (dashed for
> negative 
> > and solid for positive, which may be curved if there are arrows in 
> > both directions between two points).
> Xfig and Dia are two tools I find useful for this. Both export eps and
> raw ps.

To add to the list of possibilities, I use the drawing side of open
office for this kind of thing, export as a pdf, and use pdfcrop to crop
the figure (i.e., remove the full page of white space). Exporting as eps
or bitmap also works. Openoffice draw has connectors and nodes of
various styles (straight, curved, ...).

For more involved diagrams I use scribus, which is more of a dtp
programme but with a lot of drawing capabilities, as it generates really
nice pdf (and ps) exports.

Both are open source and multi-platform.



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