# Using a tikz figure in an IEEE paper

I'm trying to include a `tikz` figure in a IEEE paper. I have the `IEEE.cls`, and `IEEE.bib` files in my current directory, but I can't seem to compile with `pdflatex`. I've used `tikz` successfully before, and I've followed my old examples, so I'm not sure what the problem is.

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Welcome to TeX.sx! As the problem currently stands, it would be difficult (impossible) to reproduce your problem and therefore assess what could be wrong. As such, please add a minimal working example (MWE) that clearly illustrates your problem. –  Werner Feb 3 '12 at 2:57
There may be a tagging problem here. You say that you're using IEEE.cls but have tagged this as IEEEtran (corresponding to IEEEtran.cls). I tried a simple TikZ picture using IEEEtran without issues. Make sure that your TeX distribution is up to date, and consider using IEEEtran as your document class. –  qubyte Feb 3 '12 at 3:27
Can you provide an example of what are you doing?, and also the link to your `IEEE.cls`. I found this one in the internet, and I was able to compile a simple TikZ example without problem. So, more information will be needed. –  adn Feb 3 '12 at 9:02
As far as I know, `IEEE.cls` is now obsolete. With or without TikZ, please use the `ieeetran` –  percusse Feb 3 '12 at 15:12

Make a PDF of your drawing, with the `standalone` class. Then put the image in your article using `\includegraphics` nested into a `figure` environment.