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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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Text spirals with TikZ

I just ran across this, and I'm curious about whether it can be replicated in TeX... Ideally one would have the spiral getting tighter and tighter as one got to the centre, as in I know TikZ has ...
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Draw mechanical springs in TikZ

Currently I am using the following path style to draw springs in TikZ \tikzstyle{spring}=[thick,decorate,decoration={zigzag,pre length=0.1cm,post length=0.1cm,segment length=6}] for example ...
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Global variables for all tikz drawings in a document

Sorry if this question sounds too elementary. I am new to TikZ, although I have experience with LaTeX. Say I have multiple TikZ statements in a LaTeX document like the following: \tikz\draw[line ...
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How can I draw an arc from point A -> B on a 3D sphere in TikZ?

I'm basing myself on http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/spherical-and-cartesian-grids/ and now I need to add a arc from point P to Q. What I was able to get so far: ...
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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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Moebius Strip using TikZ

I'm wondering whether is possible to draw a Moebius Strip using TikZ. The closest thing I've seen is in Texamples' page, but no luck so far! Do you have any ideas? I don't even have a MWE (sorry)
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How to draw a line passing through a point and perpendicular to another?

I'm having a bit of a headache right now as I can't draw this basic figure: A straight line goes through points A and B. Another line is perpendicular to AB and goes through an arbitrary point P. I ...
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Define a variable in TikZ

I guess this is a very simple question, but I couldn't find the answer... How can I define a variable in TikZ? I want to have something like, for example: \draw[->] (x1,y1)--(x2,y2); Such that ...
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Arrow with two colors with TikZ

I want to create with TikZ a yellow arrow with black margin (border, edge). I thought I could do this by using two arrows which lie on the top of each other, e.g. with: \documentclass[12pt,twoside, ...
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Drawing random paths in TikZ

I am looking for a way to draw with TikZ something that looks like a random path. Here is an inspiration: Is it possible to have TikZ generate something that would be similar to a random path ...
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Explanatory bubbles in beamer

In the MWE below I want to place an "explanatory bubble" (see picture inserted below) pointing to the word "Integer" in the 8th line (the bubble should superimpose the text, a transparency effect such ...
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How to draw these (closed contours) diagrams using TikZ or PSTricks?

First, I must say I have no knowledge about PGF/TikZ nor PSTricks, but I would like to draw the following or similar closed contours using one of them or another adequate package. Where can I find the ...
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How to plot data from a CSV file using tikz and csvsimple?

Here is a minimal example : \begin{filecontents*}{data.csv} a,b,c,d 1,4,5,1 2,3,1,5 3,5,6,1 4,1,4,9 5,3,4,7 \end{filecontents*} \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} ...
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Can TikZ dashed lines emulate PSTricks dashed lines?

Dashed lines differ between TikZ and PSTricks: PSTricks provides symmetry about the midpoint, and full dashes are guaranteed at each end. Can TikZ be configured to achieve this? (By default TikZ does ...
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Rounded corners on only one side of a TikZ node

How can I make rounded corners on one side of my node (only right, only left)? \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node [fill=gray, rounded ...
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\boxed{}, TikZ and colored equation background

I wonder if someone could provide me with a simple MWE for using TikZ together with \boxed to produce a colored equation background. If possible with rounded corners. I am using \boxed{} inside the ...
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Outlining (filling) glyph outline with text in TikZ

Original question Is there any automated or semi-automated way of tracing outermost outline or whole path of letters in TikZ? That I would be able (e.g. by using positioned nodes) to draw a letter ...
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Tikz: shading region bounded by several curves

I know that my effort below can be improved upon considerably. In particular, there must be a way of shading the region in a single scope, as opposed to subdividing as I have done (thus necessitating ...
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customizing part style with Tikz

How can I customize part style like below picture?
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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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Best way to create this image, square and angle

I have just started looking into tikz, and trying to create the simple image below. I took a stab at it but could not quite do it. ABCD is a square and E is the midpoint on DC and F is the midpoint ...
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Commutative Diagrams and TikZ

I wish I knew how to draw the this commutative diagram with the TikZ package. I would also like to know how to put subtitles in the diagram.
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How to draw Bar & Pie Chart

I'm want to include two graphs mentioned below in a document. I'm able to draw pie charts using pgf-pie. Is there any package which is capable of generating BAR & PIE Chart both? [Also which ...
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Non-linear curve fitting with gnuplot

I am trying to use gnuplot with pgfplots in TexShop, following on from an example by Martin H in the comments here. I can get the data points in OK, and plot them but the fit (red line) does not seem ...
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Tikz: Shading a path without any filling

How can I shade a path witout filling? In particular, I wand to draw a curved arrow that starts colored blue and ends colored green, where in between it gradually changes its color. I can't find a way ...
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Magnifying part of a picture similar to TikZ spy library

Suppose I have a .png or .jpg file. Let's say this one: I would like to zoom in on the tip of Tux's beak. TikZ for example provides a very nice library that allows for zooming with a spyglass like ...
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Placing coloured rectangles on a plot, using points from the plot - Riemann Sums

October 31st Note: Below is the original question, but after some feedback I have progressed somewhat and posted an answer to demonstrate what I've learnt since. My answer presents an encapsulated ...
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How to prevent pgfplots from using the 10^n notation for axis ticks

When creating a plot like this one \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis} \addplot coordinates { ...
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What's the easiest way to draw the arc defined by three points in TikZ?

An ordered set of three points uniquely defines a circular arc, and I'd like to be able to draw that arc in TikZ. I know about the arc drawing command, which does the job given a radius, two angles, ...
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Highlighting Extremal Values in Table

In a table generated by pgfplotstable, how can I highlight for each column or row the cell with the minimum value (e. g. displaying the corresponding entry in bold face)? Example:
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Pgfplots : can't plot some usual mathematical functions

I'm beginning to learn pgfplots and I would like to plot some functions: cubic root, inverse, and some trigonometric functions. The problem is that for y=1/x function, it joins up the points between ...
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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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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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Drawing Axis Grid in 3D with Custom Unit Vectors

I am trying to adjust the unit vectors for each of the axis, and draw a coordinate grid. I can get it to work without specifying the unit vectors, of specifying it as: x={(1.0cm,0.0cm)}, ...
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Using opacity in TikZ makes the entire page become “more coarse” when printed

In my document, some of the figures uses opacity. In the PDF viewer, everything looks fine, but when I print the document, the pages in which these figures appear become more "coarse"; the text looks ...
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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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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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Issues and potentiality of the tikzmark macro: dynamic box adaptation

Since I discovered the tikzmark macro I've been enthusiastic about it. I think that it is possible to distinguish at least two versions of the command: a basic one (two examples: ...
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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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Option clash with xcolor and TikZ

I want to draw some coloured circles, so I loaded tikz in my preamble. However, now xcolor is telling me that it has an "option clash". How should I fix this? \documentclass{article} ...
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pgfplots: prevent single plot from being listed in legend

In order to fill the area between two complex curves I use tables and the vertcat command (see Fill between two curves in pgfplots.). Now I don't want the plotted area to appear in my legend, just ...
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Maintaining layout of Tikz diagrams with TeX4ht (converting as single pictures)

A Tikz diagram such as \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \path (0,0) node[draw] (A) {A}; \path (2,0) node[draw] (B) {B}; \draw (A) -- (B) ...
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TikZ: Thick curve segment in a curve

Is it possible to draw thick curve between (2,2) (4,3). Remaining portion must be thin. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw [blue] plot [smooth] ...
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Draw a closed liquid-droped shaped curve with TikZ

I am trying to draw a closed liquid-droped shaped curve using TikZ, but I don't know how. I tried to draw it using coordinates but I don't think that this is the solution. I am using ...
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Easiest way to plot a function with PGF/TikZ

I am new to TikZ and/or PGF (whatever the difference is :/), as you can see. Anyway, I need to draw the graph of the equation x^(2/3) + y^(2/3) = a^(2/3), where a = 2. Any suggestions? Here is what I ...
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pgfplots: Color a 3D surf plot based on y-value

I'm not sure if things have changed since version 1.7, but this is the closest thing I could find. I'm wondering if there's an easier way to use the y-value with a colormap to determine the color, or ...
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Tikz-PGF: Draw integral test plot

So I'm doing a report on convergence tests in LaTeX, and would like to produce a diagram demonstrating the integral test for convergence. I am somewhat new to LaTeX, and a total n00b when it comes to ...
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Defining a new command for making functional lines / package

As you have probably guessed from the title my mother tounge is not English. Therefore I have no idea if "Functional lines" is the correct term for what I am looking for. Basically I am looking to ...
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TikZ: multiple decorations on a path.

I would like to draw a squiggly line with an arrow somewhere in the middle of it. TikZ has a pathmorphing decoration that draws a squiggly line and a markings decoration to place an arrow tip. So a ...