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Writing specific versions of an operator for display and inline modes

I'm busy answering a question by constructing a new math operator that uses the sum symbol and some TikZ placed on top. My answer as it stands can be found here. It looks (I think) pretty good in ...
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Computing value using pgfmath for use in coordinates?

Why can't I use the outcome of using pgfmath in a TikZ coordinate? Here is a (minimal) example that does not work: \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} ...
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Odd behaviour with arrows and multipart rectangles

I recently posted a question Display issues drawing DNA sequences with TikZ. The issues I described were for the most part resolved, but one remains. I managed to simplify my example down to show the ...
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Where in the world is tikzlibraryhobby.code.tex?

I was trying to reproduce Claudio Fiandrino's answer to How can we draw a Hannukah Menorah with decorations, using TikZ?. However, I do not have the hobby package by Andrew Stacey in my local ...
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meta arrow tips

Page 316 of the tikz-pfg manual describes meta arrow tips and says that usually we do not want to have the tip scaled the same way as the supporting line. Is there a way to keep this feature, ie, when ...
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'Standalone' TikZ pictures

I want to create a TikZ picture in an external PDF file, which then can be included in my main document via \includegraphics. However, compiling a document with a TikZ picture in it produces a whole ...
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TikZ: Make node height span several others

How can I make the Z node span the total height of the ABCD column? My current code is: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc,positioning} \begin{document} ...
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Summary of Tikz commands

Many times, when I'm coding a tikz-picture, I don't remember the command syntax or the name of one option, and I have to look in pgf-manual is not very short. Does anybody has a summary of Tikz ...
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Correctly scaling a tikzpicture

I was wondering which is the correct way to scale a tikzpicture. I tried with \begin{tikzpicture}[scale=0.50] but what I obtain is that distances between elements are scaled but not their sizes or ...
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What are the new features in TikZ/pgf 3.0?

Since the December 20, 2013, we have new major release of the wonderful TikZ/pgf package: version 3.0.0! 1 Unfortunately, I was not able to find a nice human readable list of changes, that goes to ...
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What are the advantages of TikZ/PGF over PSTricks?

The first time I saw the PSTricks' 3D Galleries, I immediately felt in love with it. I have spent much time to learn and use it. In this forum, I see many people using TikZ. I have not used TikZ yet. ...
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Outsourcing TikZ code

My Tex files get very confusing since I have multiple long TikZ code in them. How do you organize your files when it comes to TikZ?
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How to scale a tikzpicture including texts?

It seems that the scale option scales only the length of lines, but not the size of texts. For instance, 1 and true and not scaled in the following code. \begin{tikzpicture}[thick, scale=0.6] \draw ...
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Tikz: using external images as building blocks.

I would like to create a custom vector drawing in Inkscape and then use it many times in many tikz pictures. Is it possible? Should I use PDF or SVG or other output from Inkscape? How to use external ...
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Script to automate externalizing TikZ graphics

Is there a script to automate externalizing TikZ graphics? (As suggested by Scott here)
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How to make a diagram composed of superimposed layers where the viewer can make each layer visible or invisible independently of the other layers?

This question led to a new package: ocgx (I have edited the question as ocgtools looks like it is the right package to use, rather than animate.) I am trying to use LaTeX with the TikZ package ...
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Headers and page numbers in external borders

I am trying to recreate in *TeX the same aspect that you can see in the following picture showing a document that I created a while ago with MS Publisher. As you can see, page numbers are rendered ...
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Node shapes in TikZ

I want to draw a block diagram for a software app and I need two shapes which I couldn't find on the Internet. The shapes are a parallelogram and a rectangle with double side margins. One is for data ...
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Lower and upper Riemann sums

I am trying to create a few images for educational purposes. Therefore I need to be able to illustrate the area under various functions, using lower and upper riemann sums (rectangles) Reason for not ...
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Topological Quantum Field Theory diagrams with pstricks or tikz

This question led to a new package: tqft — Blog: The TQFT Package I'm going to write a brief note about topological quantum field theories, so I need to draw some copies of the "pair of ...
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Is there a listings configuration for TikZ as used in PGF/TikZ manual?

I want to create a tutorial how to use TikZ now. Is there a listings configuration for TikZ as used in PGF/TikZ manual? For example, I want to make \ as an integral part of tikz in \tikz, relevant ...
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TikZ manual newest version online?

Is there a definite place where TikZ manual can be found online? I am only finding version 2.00, while I keep loosing the link to 2.10. Does the official site host the manual somewhere, or is it ...
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Electric circuits in TeX, LaTeX, and Friends

What are some ways to draw electric circuits in TeX systems? I'm making this community wiki since I haven't found a question related to this. I was thinking along the lines of circuitikz. What do ...
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How to diagonally divide a table cell … properly?

There have been many threads discussing solutions to the task of drawing a diagonal line in a table cell. There are also two packages to do this, slashbox and the better looking makecell with its ...
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How to draw Brownian motions in tikz/pgf

Here I want to draw some Brownian motions in tikz, like this: Furthermore, I want to truncate the trajectory of Brownian motion, like this: I have tried many times with random functions in tikz, ...
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Intersection of 2 lines not really connected in TikZ

In the code below I repeat one line (one with opacity=0 and other without it) in order to draw the intersection of 2 lines that are not connected. I am seeking a better way to achieve the same result. ...
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Modifying `*` and `o` style tikz arrows so that they are centered at the end of line

I would like to use tikz * and o arrows to indicate included/excluded endpoints in plots of piecewise functions, like for example the following one: However, it seems that tikz always aligns the ...
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Draw a prism in TikZ or PSTricks

Is there a way to define an polygon in plane and output an (orthogonal) prism with that polygon as its base? The prism should be drawn in 3D in parallel oblique perspective with controllable height h, ...
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Automatically draw and labels angles of a triangle in TikZ

I'm using LaTeX with TikZ to create a (right-angle) triangle. Now I would like to label each angle by adding a half circle and a text label. Unfortunately I only managed to create a label for the ...
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Creating node shapes

I am currently learning how to use TikZ/PGF to make some figures for a project report, and so I have a question: Is there is a practical way of making a particular object into a node? The object ...
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How can I put a coloured outline around fraction lines?

I use the contour package to put thick white outlines around labels in graphs, so they remain readable above the grid lines without taking up too much space. Unfortunately, the package is not able to ...
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Proper nesting of tikzpicture environments: Reset all PGF values to their defaults

Sometimes, nesting tikzpicture environments seems inevitable, e.g., if you want a node to contain a TikZ picture on its own. (Is it?) However, nesting tikzpicture environments is problematic, also ...
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plot within a plot: zoom into a plot so that the magnified part is framed by axis with ticks and tick labels

I want to zoom into a plot much like it is possible by using the spy library but I want the spy-in node to contain its own ticks and tick labels with a finer grid than the original plot. To clarify ...
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Use macro as coordinate in pgfplots plot

I'm trying to come up with a solution to the question How to maintain consistency with TikZ and Pgfplots?. Essentially, what is needed is a way to save a coordinate as a macro (or a global key, ...
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adding gnuplot capability to latex

I have been working with LaTeX, under TeXMaker (latest version 3.2.2) for several months, and recently added PGF/TikZ capability. On that occasion I feared there would be problems as I really have ...
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Arrows and nodes in TikZ

I wish to draw arrows not necessarily at the end of the line, nor in the middle. I would also like to write a node directly above (or below, or to the right, ...) the arrow. I saw this question, but ...
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What are most important variables set at the beginning of a tikzpicture? of a scope?

I asked a lot of questions about nested tikzpicture environments and if I agree with Andrew and Martin that nesting TikZ pictures isn't a good idea, it's interesting to know why. I gave some examples ...
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How to create a ball shading and to customize 3D lighting manually?

TikZ shading=ball will create a perfect 3D ball perspective, but it has no option to change the lighting angle, the contract, radius of light, etc (or I am not aware of). I tried to create a 3D ball ...
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Is there a way to draw TikZ lines on the “inside” or “outside” of a path?

In this answer, Jake points out The miter option is more "correct" in that it doesn't add new corners to a shape or introduce rounding. In some cases with very sharp angles, the results might ...
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How to turn off an environment (e.g. tikzpicture) for faster draft compiling

I'm currently writing my thesis and have been looking for ways to speed up compile time. I can shave off a lot of time by using draft mode so that images aren't processed, but I have several TikZ ...
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Which package can easily write a graph, as an arbitrary curve or area, just for indication

Which package can easily write a graph, as an arbitrary curve or area, just for indication? The circle and ellipse don't be considered for their particular shape. TIKZ's Bézier curve is too ...
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How can I mix an “ybar” and an “ybar stacked” with pgfplots?

I tried a while to create that kind of chart with ybar but it's a mix between "ybar stacked" and "ybar". How can I do that? I tried this way but with no great results: \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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How can I draw a cake using TikZ?

It is always someone's birthday. I would like to use TikZ to draw a birthday cake. There are all sorts of cakes. What I would like is a cake that looks nice and tasty. Preferably a cake with lots of ...
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A line of length \textwidth in TikZ

Why does the following latex document: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \noindent \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) -- (\textwidth,0); \end{tikzpicture} ...
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How can I compute the distance between two coordinates in TikZ?

Given two points (defined, for instance using nodes), I want to compute the distance between them. Is there some build in functionality in tikz to do this? If not, how can it be done using the ...
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LaTeX equivalent of ConTeXt buffers

While creating a series of graphics (using TikZ) in ConTeXt, I frequently use ConTeXt's buffer to "copy-paste" code. Is there a LaTeX package that implements this feature? Since most LaTeX users may ...
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Cycle option when drawing between nodes in TikZ

Cycle lets you close curves when drawing, and \coordinate (a) at (0,0); \coordinate (b) at (1,0); \coordinate (c) at (0.5, -1); \draw (a) -- (b) -- (c) -- cycle; works fine. Shouldn't also \node ...
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Package for drawing RDF graphs

Is there some package to draw nice RDF graphs, such as the one below (taken from there)? Can such a graph (with the same style) be produced in TikZ?
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Plot functions and their point of intersection

We are plotting three functions as follows \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis}[enlargelimits=false] \addplot[domain=0:1,blue] {(1-x)/5}; ...
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Problem with TikZ and vertical alignment of text inside nodes

I have a problem in TikZ with the vertical alignment of text inside nodes. With a very minimal example like this: \usetikzlibrary{arrows,positioning,shapes.geometric} \begin{tikzpicture}[% ->, ...