Questions about the externalization library of TikZ/PGF.

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Why does the Animate package inflate the file size of all of my externalized TikZ pictures?

I am using TikZ externalization to compile the figures in my thesis that use TikZ or PGF Plots. Ever since I included an animation using the animate package, the size of the PDFs of each of my ...
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tikz externalize and pgfmath error

Using external and \pgfmathdeclarefunction at the same time results in ! Illegal parameter number in definition of \pgfmathfloat@expression. ! Package PGF Math Error: Could not parse input '' as a ...
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Missing pdf when using \usetikzlibrary{external} in LyX

I'm trying to use the externalization library in LyX to speed up compilation and generate separate PDF files with each of my tikz figures. But for some reason LyX does not output a separate PDF file ...
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Reuse an image resp. a box in TikZ but have side-effects only once

I have a huge document (a pool of exercise problems) with lots of \input statements (one file per subexercise). In order to not get lost in this mess and easily open files from the PDF, I include a ...
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How to extract/convert tikz to a format suitable for powerpoint

I am trying to extract/convert a tikzpicture to a format that is suitable for powerpoint without losing quality. The code that I have found and adjusted is the following: ...
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Corrupted eps figures - Tikz externalizes EPS figures correctly but Photoshop does not open them

Original question (In short, I am told the eps files are corrupted and I wuold like you to check if it's true. Go to Update to skip this part.) I use tikz and the externalize package in order to ...
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Can not externalize a tikz graph with two legend entries

I have a tikz file that contains a matlab scatter plot. It is created by matlab2tikz. The tikz file (sample.tikz) looks as follows and compiles fine in the document without the externalization. ...
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How to reset TikZ‘s externalization counter?

TikZ‘s externalization feature creates – by default – images like “nameOfFile-figure0.pdf”, “nameOfFile-figure1.pdf” and so on. One can change this behavior, for example I configured TikZ to save ...
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TikZ externalize causing problems with template

I have a large document (I'm using pdflatex with Eclispe and TeXlipse) with many (many) TikZ graphics (math function plots, most of them). In order to reduce (drastically I hope) compilation time I ...
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TikZ externalisation in beamer

I want to use the TikZ externalization feature in my beamer document. Works fine, but when I use something like path<1->[draw] (0,0) -- (0,1); path<2->[draw] (0,0) -- (1,0); … only the ...
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Flatten transparency in tikz

I have a document which I need to compile PDF/A-1b compatible, which means that transparency is not allowed. I have (several) tikz sources directly in the document, and I think they look better with ...
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Error using \tikzexternalize and different graphical inputs

How can this issue be stated more precicely and finally solved? Having a large document and using \input{...} within figure enviorement for including gaphics by tikz and pdf's, png's. Each figure ...
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Lualatex, Pdflatex fail with \externalize

Here is my problem: I have a 100+ page document with ~100 tikz plots. Some plots contain 9000+ points, and compiling them with pdflatex -shell-escape (or whatever main_memory_size) fails. I can ...
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tikz externalization using lualatex over pdflatex

I am trying to externalize tikz plots using lualatex while encapsulating the whole tex file with pdflatex. I still couldn't figure out why this method is not working. I am using miktex and texstudio. ...
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Integrating latexmk and TikZ external mode=list and make

I've been looking into using latexmk to create my documents because it automatically handles how many passes the document needs to be fully processed etc. So, for example, a simple run of latexmk -pdf ...
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Equations as pictures in text

Is there a way to compile a document with pdflatex and render all displaymath into graphics which are then included in the document instead of the equation code itself? Analogous to what you can do ...
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exporting tikz pictures starting with 1 rather than 0

I want to export my figures for an editor for import in another text editing program. I would like to have the name of the file correspond to the figures in the document. In the document they start ...
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Error using \tikzexternalize with forest

Using forest package for simple truth trees, and I want to externalize because there are a lot of them. Here is the code example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[external]{forest} ...
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Absolute path for pgf externalisation

The graphic externalisation works well when it is done in a subfolder of my TeX files with the command \tikzsetexternalprefix{figures/} However, I get an error message when I try to set a different ...
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How to make pdfLaTeX multithreaded when `--shell-escape` is enabled?

I am using \write18 enabled (or --shell-escape) with externalization to compile a bunch of PGFplots. The first run takes much time, and I noticed that pdflatex only runs on one CPU core. Is there any ...
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Inclusion of pgfplotstable in tikzpicture

Is there any way to include a table generated by pgfplotstable in the tikzpicture environment, where other figures generated by pgfplots exist, in order to save them together as one figure with ...
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Includepdf causes an error message from pgfplots externalization

I have a file test.pdf which I include in a document containing also an externalized pgfplots picture. When I compile the following code, I get the error message Sorry, the system call pdflatex ... ...
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TikZ images won't compile externally

I have a number of large plots which exhaust memory when I try to compile them with xelatex, so I am using lualatex instead, which is able to compile them without major difficulty. However, I am ...
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TikZ external Library and pgfplots reading data from external txt file [duplicate]

I'm using the external library of TikZ for speeding up the compilation of my LaTeX document. In another thread, Christian Feuersänger reported that from December 2012, the external library uses MD5 ...
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A question on tikz/pgf externalization, standalone, and includeonly for compiling large document

I have a goal to build an efficient compiling environment to build large documents. The requirements are these: Use tikz/pgf to draw many figures; Use \includeonly to build only a portion of the ...
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Recreate plot when data file changes

Is it possible to use the TikZ/external library and have pgfplots recreate a figure when a data file that is plotted changes? Say I have something like the following: file.tex: ...
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TikZ externalise: overlaying figures

I’m using MikTex 2.9 x64 and would like to use the LaTeX -> dvips -> ps2pdf way to compile my document. Additionally I’ve a lot of Matlab2tikZ figures and would like to make use of the ...
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Change path of where tikz externalization saves the pdf and eps

I am using the TikZ externalization to speed up the compilation process and to have the eps files for the admission of the article which I'm writing. So I have lines like \begin{figure} ...
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Tikzexternal and References [closed]

I understand that tikzexternal has difficulty when graphics objects contain references (cite, ref, etc...), due to issues with getting lock on the aux file: References in externalized pgfplots ...
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TikZ externalize and number of pages changing

I am trying to create a small animation at the bottom (odd pages only) of my PhD thesis (a walking pacman). Therefore, I have change the fancyfoot so it display a tikzpicture. Every thing works ...
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Combine tikz external with pgf layers to “split up” a huge tikzpicture?

I have a huge tikz picture (consisting of up to several 10k elements, mostly rectangles and arrows) and want to "split up" the file using externalization to avoid expanding tex's main memory size (or ...
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creating an eps file using tikz in Miktex 2.9

Hi I'm trying to use the tikz package to output an eps file, using miktex 2.9 in a windows 7 operating system. Before hand I appreciate you help!!! The system message that I get is: ! Package tikz ...
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How do I include and scale on-image-TikZ-drawings made by the standalone class?

I am building several on image TikZ drawings. In detail: I am having PDFs of technical drawings, I crop the white margins, overlay nodes and some arrows and compile them. The result should give me a ...
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legend placement with bounding box restrictions and externalization in pgfplots

I find it useful to add \pgfplotsset{/tikz/every picture/.append style={trim axis left,trim axis right}} to my preamble for bounding box restrictions. But then when I use the legend to name feature ...
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Tikzscale, trim axis left/right, and externalizing

tikzscale and trim axis do not play well together, with the produced figure being larger than requested because it ignores the size of the labels. I was wondering whether it is possible to use both ...
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TikZ externalize fails to recognize changes [duplicate]

Using XeTeX(xelatex) [i got the same using pdflatex] on Debian I am trying to save some compilation time using tikz external. Yet, the figures are never updated unless I delete the corresponding ...
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TikZ & External: figure re-created for no apparent reason

I'm having an issue where only one out of multiple figures is recreated despite the use of the tikz/external library. I've created a MWE which shows the same effect with only two figures. Below is my ...
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MWE for externalize + automatic recompilation after tikz figure modification

I am using the external library to avoid recompiling tikz figures unnecessarily in a large document. Every now and then I have to change some details of some selected pictures. After the modifications ...
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PGFPlots: Externalizing Images and pdflatex -shell-escape <filename> [closed]

I want to externalize images using the commands: \usepgfplotslibrary{external} \tikzexternalize The PGFPlots Manual says to use pdflatex -shell-escape <filename>. I'm assuming I should type ...
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How can the margin around externalized pgfplots crossrefs be set?

When using \usepgfplotslibrary{external} to externalize refs to labels in a pgfplot, the resulting .pdf looks cropped when the linewidth used for the line corresponding to the label is thick (or ...
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Error in compiling with Tikz Externalize

I've edited this post as I've broken the problem down to something smaller than a thesis. I can run the following command in the cmd window: lualatex file.tex with the following script no problem: ...
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Why Latex keeps replacing some of the unchanged figures even though \tikzexternalize is used?

I use the following in preamble and it worked fine before (I think) I change the size of a figure. \usepackage{tikzscale} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{pgfplots} ...
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Beamer overlays, tikz external and custom file name

This is a follow-up question from Use tikz external feature with beamer \only . Andrew's answer there is excellent, and does the job (almost) perfectly. The rough edge I have found was when I tried ...
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Display problems when plotting large datasets (unwanted spikes)

I have a problem concerning pgfplots and large datasets. I have the following minimal example: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{pgf} \usepackage{pgfplots} ...
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Using `external` selective for TikZ-pictures [closed]

For the following example: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc,external} \usepackage{pgfplots} \tikzexternalize \begin{document} ...
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externalize pgfplots, and only pgfplots

I would like to externalize the plots in my document (using pgplots), but not other inline stuff, such as bonds automatically drawn by chemmacros. That is, in the following test document: ...
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TikZ externalization with floatrow package

When using the TikZ externalization library within a \ffigbox from the floatrow package, the external image is created two times. The reason is, that the argument of \ffigbox gets parsed two times. ...
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Calc and \settocdepth break \tikzexternalize

This might well be the strangest TeX behaviour I've ever seen and that's saying a lot. The following really is a MWE as far as the header is concerned: \documentclass{memoir} \settocdepth{subsection} ...
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Exporting TikZ figures to .EPS

i'm trying to export a TikZ picture to .eps using the following on Win7 (MikTeX), compiling with pdflatex: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{external} ...
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Can TeX generate “heap dumps” to analyze+optimize out-of-memory situations?

As package author of the memory-extensive package pgfplots, I have been asked to analyze some out-of-memory situation. I could identify the "culprit"; it was some call to \pdfmdfivesum in which it ...