MetaPost uses a language based on that of Metafont to produce precise technical illustrations. Its output is scalable PostScript or SVG, rather than the bitmaps Metafont creates. This tag is compatible with {diagrams}.

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How to distinguish between Metafont and MetaPost?

Background I'm trying to make a nice SVG out of Knuth's Dangerous Bend symbol based on his own code, for which the obvious tool to use is MetaPost. However, I'd prefer to still be able to process the ...
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Plot the cusp catastrophe surface

I'm trying to draw (plot) the Cusp catastrophe surface into latex using any software logic. I am completely stuck because I'm definitely not a mathematician. The surface has the potential: V(x) = ...
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How to draw spherical triangles?

Does anyone know how to draw spherical arcs and spherical triangles using LaTeX?
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Drawing with a macro

I have just began using MetaPost and I would liked to be able to put a grid on my images, so I could easily read coordinates from it. I would liked to write a macro, that I could import while creating ...
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Drawing a Reuleaux Triangle

A Reuleaux triangle is a shape of constant width sort of like a rounded equilateral triangle. (Reuleaux triangle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) It can be formed by the intersection of three ...
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How to define a sort of reference in METAPOST?

Assume we are defining a canvas abstract data type in METAPOST, where some tasks are gathered. I would like to define a kind of reference to the last added task, but I do not know METAPOST good enough ...
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Is it possible to pass options to mpost.exe using luamplib?

I would like to use the development version of metapost with luamplib. I've switched over the executable mpost.exe which is presumable called by luamplib somewhere along the line. Now, I would like ...
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Fundamental differences : PSTricks, TikZ/PGF and others

OK, since this is a pretty vague and subjective question. I need to set up some borders around the discussion that I intend to benefit from. But before anything, I certainly do NOT want to excite the ...
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Using Metapost inline in LaTeX (no ConTeXt)

When I was more active in LaTeX and Metapost (~10 years ago) I could not find a way to directly use Metapost in LaTeX. There were few tutorials on how to use it within ConTeXt, but for using it with ...
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How to create a wavy lines with MetaPost?

I am looking for a macro or whatever code that can draw a wavy curves with MetaPost. In other words, I need a wavy/spring version of what follows: beginfig(1); z1 = (0,0); z2 = (3,2); z3 = (6,0); ...
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Hatching Package with Metapost

I am new in metapost and I am unsure as to re-define the withcolor command to revert back to the metapost default. I am trying to draw the cross section of a cylinder, where the inner circle is ...
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lost linear_shade output

What is wrong with my code? The second call of SoundEnergy lost the black/white gradient. \startMPinclusions def SoundEnergy = path pr ; pr := unitsquare xscaled .3cm yscaled 2cm ; ...
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adjust uniformdeviate values

I need to insert in the rectangle all my 10 molecules in random way (angle and x,y position). I don't know what is wrong with my code. \startMPinclusions vardef spring (expr a, b, w, h, n) = pair ...
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How to automatically draw the images of a point placed between 2 inclined mirrors?

Consider a point X placed between two inclined mirrors as follows. \documentclass[pstricks,border=20pt,12pt]{standalone} \usepackage{pst-eucl} \def\Angle{37}% extreme case in which 360/\Angle-1 is ...
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MetaPost: How to fill cycle path with slanted lines?

Suppose I have build a cycle path with bulidcycle: path pa[]; pa.0:=(-6u,0){dir 90} .. (0,8u){dir 0}; pa.01:=pa.0 reflectedabout(origin, (0,1)); pa.1:=(-6u,0){dir -90} .. (0,-3u){dir 0}; pa.11:=pa.1 ...
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Graphing sine function in MetaPost

I'm trying to reconstruct this picture in MetaPost: So far came up with this: draw (-1cm,0)--(3cm,0); draw (0,1cm)--(0,-1cm); draw fullcircle scaled 1.8cm; label(btex $y$ etex,(0,1.2cm)); ...
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LuaLaTeX and MetaPost

Is there a LuaLaTeX equivalent of \startMPinclusions input mpfile; \stopMPincusions in ConTeXt? That is, if I have \documentclass{article} \usepackage{luamplib} \begin{document} ...
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metapost, metaobj and labels

I found this trick posted by Aditya some time ago that allowed to use metaobj in context. Currently this code no longer works. Currently, are there any way to use metaobj in context? The main problem ...
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Why two intersected paths can't buildcycle in MetaPost?

Suppose that I have two path: beginfig(0) u:=10pt; vardef randomcirc(expr O, r, w) = save p,i; pair p; numeric i; p=O+right*r; p for i=1 upto 9: .. (p rotatedaround(O, ...
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The array in metapost

Suppose I have defined an array of points pair p[]; Then are p.0, p0, p[0] different? Can I use p.01, p01, p[01]?
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The Spiral of Roots in TikZ

How can one create a spiral of roots as shown in the diagram below: where one can use a command to draw more parts to the spiral. For example, a command like \sqrtspiral{1}, \sqrtspiral{2}, ...
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Feynmp / metapost - labels not working

I am trying to draw a simple Feynman diagram with FeynMP. I use the following code to generate by .mp file - note I use the fmfgraphs environment. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{feynmp} ...
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add labels and build the path through a list iteration

I had to build a graph with metapost for my physics classes (see below). What I would like to ask you is if there are a way to add the curve and their labels in the some way that i do with tikz: ...
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Commutative diagrams using MetaPost or Asymptote

Xy-pic, TikZ and PSTricks seem to be the graphics packages commonly used to draw commutative diagrams. Having heard about the power of MetaPost and Asymptote, I would like to experiment with them. ...
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ConTeXt: Randomly lighten or darken a colour within a threshold

Overview Looking to randomize the colours of squares of a checkerboard so that some are slightly lighter and some are slightly darker, relative to another colour. Problem The following sets a base ...
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MetaPost: Adjust colour value (brightness/luminosity)

Background In MetaPost, colours can be lightened or darkened by calling the transparency function. However, this allows other colours to show through, which isn't necessarily desirable all the time. ...
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MetaPost: Non-uniform periodic tessellations

Overview Looking to create backgrounds that have regular polygons aligned to a grid. Problem The space between the polygons varies, even though the radius for the polygons has been calculated in ...
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MetaPost: Randomly variably thick curves

Overview Looking to emulate the following sinusoidal wave having random variations in both its filled and outline thickness: The wave has two parts: a variably thick filling and a variably thick ...
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ConTeXt+MetaPost: Non-conflicting random background and foreground colours

Overview Looking to create a page that has a random (and non-consecutively repeating) background colour with titles that are also random. Problem The code has two problems. First, generating a ...
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Electron distribution box diagram

Just for sharing. Improvements are welcome. \starttext Electron distribution box diagram \startMPcode picture finalpicture ; finalpicture := nullpicture ; numeric n ; n := 0 ; bboxmargin := 0pt ; ...
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MetaUML — generate image as output

I'm planning to use MetaUML to automatically generate UML diagrams (as images) and display them. I found that there is an utility, mptopdf, that helps generating the output as a PDF file: mptopdf ...
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Scheme for Chemical Potential Energy representation [closed]

I wrote this code to schematically represent the concept of chemical potential energy. This image will be part of a representative diagram of energy transformations in a voltaic cell: chemical ...
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Is this a bug in the pfb file or a bug in metapost's “glyph”?

I've only recently started playing with metapost's "glyph". I've discovered (MWE below) an anomaly with the paths in serifs for the cm font set from these experiments. Starting point: it seems that ...
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How can I fill a complex path with Metapost/Metafun?

Is there any way to produce exactly following PS and SVG code with Metapost/Metafun? Unfortunately, unfill won't work for me, as there is a background in the resulting page. And this example is ...
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How to create MetaPost image for LaTeX

Im trying to figure out how to create this image in MetaPost
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Increase image resolution using MetaUML and metapost

I'm using MetaUML to create text-driven UML diagrams. When I generate a figure, with: $ mpost example.mp $ convert ps:example.1 png:example.png a very low-resolution image is generated. If I scale ...
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Chaotic billiard with TikZ

I'm looking for a TikZ library that could help me to represent different shapes of chaotic billiards. Any idea?
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Metapost and ConTeX

I am completely new to ConTeXt and have just started to experiment with writing metapost directly within ConTeXt. My problem is that some of my existing metapost files call other metapost files which ...
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Omitting visibility marker in MetaUML

Is there a way to omit the visibility (lock symbol) marker in MetaUML Class objects? If I just refrain to use one I get a protected marker as a default. A short example (note: the LaTeX builder has ...
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Using negative coordinates in EPS file with XeLaTeX

I've run into inconsistent behavior with XeLaTeX and EPS files with negative coordinates. The wrapping block for the figure is calculated correctly; however, the content of the figure is misplaced ...
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Is there another better way to have a region with gradient opacity?

My objective is to get a region with gradient opacity. In the following MWE, the region is a quarter of a disk on the top a bird. I made the gradient opacity by partitioning the sector into 45 ...
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What is the simplest way to draw this triangle exactly?

I want to see how we can exactly construct the following diagram as simple as possible. It means that the manual calculation should be avoided. Note that the angle marks attached to angles ...
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Context mptopdf problem [closed]

I've a problem with the following file input graph u=0.5cm; beginfig(0); draw dashpattern(on 5bp); picture pa; pa=currentpicture; currentpicture:=nullpicture; draw dashpattern(on 5bp off ...
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Why does anyone prefer Metapost?

TikZ (together with its PGF backend) is the most widely used picture drawing tool by regulars here, having more than 50x as many questions as for Metapost, alongside a wealth of documentation and user ...
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graph of function with metapost

I have to create graph of function 3x^4 − 11x^3 + 12x^2 − 4x + 1 ; interval <0,1;1> . I have just func.mp input gjktc.mp; u:=1mm; path p[]; beginfig(1); draw (0,0)--(10u,10u); draw ...
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click button and next picture will be shown

I would like to create presentation and export to GIF, for example. I have three files: obr1.mp, obr2.mp, and obr3.mp (which is my pictures drawn). I want have .tex file, where I could press space ...
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Full colored Triangle and Circle in Metapost

The question may be trivial, but I need your help, to draw a full colored triangle and circle (where the triangle will be inside the circle). Here is my file pic_1.mp: input gjktc.mp; u:=1mm; ...
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Faster Metapost SVG Output with TeX?

I am generating some diagrams with METAPOST. I need the output in SVG format. My labels are generated by calls to LaTeX via Tex.mp and its TEX METAPOST definition (also called a macro). My ...
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My graph will compile in metapost but the x and y axis scaled is off

beginfig(1); numeric u; path xaxis,yaxis; u=0.5in; yaxis= (0,-4.1u) -- (0,4.2u); xaxis= (-4.1u,0 )-- (4.2u,0); pickup pencircle scaled 1pt; drawarrow xaxis; drawarrow yaxis; pickup pencircle scaled ...
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Im trying to set up a graph but keep gettin error “isolated expression”

beginfig(1); numeric u; path xaxis,yaxis; Scale: 1=u u=0.5in; yaxis= (0,-4.1u)--(0,4.2u); xaxis= (-4.1u,0)--(4.2u,0); pickup pencircle scaled 1pt; drawarrow xaxis; drawarrow yaxis; pickup pencircle ...