My thesis currently has a few pdftricks pictures and tikz pictures. It takes a while to compile over here Scott says he has some scripts to automate externalising TikZ pictures.
I'm looking ideally for something that will automatically name sequentially all of my figures, generate the graphics for them and automagically include them. I don't mind if I have to delete them by hand to recompile them if I change the code.
For pdftricks & TikZ please =) cause currently latex is spanned for each pdftricks picture to generate a pdf graphic, and tikz compilations starts to take up time.
ps. half way through thesis I found out tikz but don't have time to redo pdftricks graphics.