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After mentioning TikZ in academia, I tried to have a look here for recommended editors for TikZ. I found no list, and thus here's the question:

What TikZ editors/front-ends do you know? What can you recommend?

I guess that what I have in mind is a tool where the image can be edited using an interface similar to inkscape, and then it will generate a code snippet in TikZ. For example I know of geogebra, but I'm interested in a big list.

I am aware of the list available here, as pointed by one of the answers to this question, but I'm interested in some evaluation of each based on personal experience.

I suggest that each tool should has its own answer, this way this will become sort of a poll as well. Probably, each answer should contain at least: pros/cons/platform...

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Does vi count? :-) –  Peter Grill Nov 4 '12 at 18:49
Without starting any wars ;) all tools are welcome! –  Dror Nov 4 '12 at 18:57
Related, maybe even duplicate: What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) for PGF/TikZ? –  Qrrbrbirlbel Nov 4 '12 at 21:56
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This is a wonderful editor for TikZ graphics. It has a live preview, several code snippets and examples and parses the TikZ elements to some degree so that for example nodes can be marked in the live preview. Additionally this parsing allows the direct manipulation of some elements, you can drag nodes around in the preview window and the code is updated accordingly.

While the current version 0.2.1 is still a bit rough here and there it works nicely on Windows with a preliminary Linux version.



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