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I am trying to use TikzEdt tool to generate some graphs....It was working very nicelly, until I tried the extended mode, and from that instance, it is reporting an error. Here is the preamble

\usepackage{tikz,amsmath, amssymb,bm,color}
% needed for BB
%% Begin Added by me
\usepackage{pdfpages}       %To be able to insert PDF pages   
%% End of added by me

and here is a very basic code

% Define block styles    
\tikzstyle{line} = [draw, -latex']  

\begin{tikzpicture}[node distance = 2cm,auto]
    % Place nodes
    \node [draw,rounded corners] (node1) {node1};


I tried (Re-)Generate Precompiled headers and this is what I get:

Generating precompiled header: pdflatex -ini -jobname="temp_header" "&pdflatex temp_header.tex\dump"
Compilation of pre-compiled header failed with exit code 1. Compilation of main document stopped. Check that all necessary packages are installed and that the pre-compiled header code (in the settings) has no errors!

A file named temp_header.auxlock is generated containing one single line \def \tikzexternallocked {0} Can any one please suggest some help?

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And how did you try to enter extended mode in tikzedt?. I think you are trying to overuse tikzedt. It is meant primarily to draw tikz pictures and not for writing articles. Please try some other LaTeX editors. –  Harish Kumar Oct 15 '13 at 7:17
Your additions work fine for me. However you can try with (Re-)Generate precompiled headers in Compilation menu. –  Harish Kumar Oct 15 '13 at 7:51
@HarishKumar, I am not using it for documents, but only for graphs....The regeneration also gave an error (see thread update)...As for your question, with a given document, the number of points exceeded the limit, so, I've read somewhere that one has to enter the extended mode. Didn't work, so I had to reduce the number of points..but now, nothing is working. –  user2536125 Oct 15 '13 at 9:03
Instead of trying to modify the precompiled header, you can use standalone option of tikzedt`. In the side bar,look for standalone and in that standalone document. –  Harish Kumar Oct 15 '13 at 9:44
@HarishKumar can you please include a snapshot? my TikzEdt seems not to have the standalone version... –  user2536125 Oct 15 '13 at 10:17

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I figured out the solution with the help of a friend. in the directory ...C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\TikzEdt\TikzEdt\ open the file temp_header.tex and make sure it maches the Pre-amble in TikzEdt. The directory and the file are both hidden, so you have to check that hidden files are displayed.

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