# Export/convert/externalize tikzpicture as LaTeX (picture) code?

I have seen "32.4 Externalizing Graphics" in the Tikz manual, which explains how Tikz images can easily be exported as PDF images using pdfLaTeX.

However, I am persuaded I saw somewhere a way to export a Tikz picture to 'raw' (primitive?) Latex code in picture environment syntax (i.e. using \put, \line, etc.) - but I may have mixed this up with dpic/M4 Circuit macros :)

In any case - if tikz images get 'compiled' to (La)Tex code as an intermediate step - is it somehow possible to export/externalize/convert Tikz picture code to (plain?) LaTeX code?

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Tikz uses driver specials, not the LaTeX picture environment, to work. So you can't do what you ask for here, I'm afraid. –  Joseph Wright May 2 '11 at 6:26
Thanks @Joseph Wright - nice to have that confirmed... –  sdaau May 2 '11 at 7:37