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I want to create a few plots that should have the same style as my main document and it seems
tikz is more than capable of achieving that.
Now while browsing the current
tikz documentation (2.10 CVS) I found a long new section about data visualization. On the other hand there is the extra package
pgfplots which seems at a first glance very similar but contains more plot types.
So what is recommend? What are the differences between the two approaches?