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Update TikZ/PGF on mac

the TeXLive 2012 distribution on my Mac is shipped with TikZ version 2.10 - I want to use (try) the CVS (most updated beta(?) version). Here's what I've done so far: Downloaded the the TDS package ...
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I'm getting the error: ! Paragraph ended before \@@label was complete

I've scoured this forum and it looks to me like I'm setting up the tree correctly, but I'm still getting this error, I have \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{tikz-qtree} in the header. Here is the ...
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Tikz with positioning does not work with DVI

I have the following Tikz picture: \begin{tikzpicture} \node (a) {A}; \node [below=2cm of a] (b) {B}; \end{tikzpicture} When I compile this code with PDF-LaTeX, I get the expected result: "B" ...
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Pgfplots: how to fill bounded area under a curve using addplot and fill?

I am looking shade the bounded area under the graph of f(x)=x^2 from 0 to 1. For my other plots I was fine using the shading with coordinates because they were all polygons. I've come across a bunch ...
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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 and babel error

This code works correctly: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{positioning,calc} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \tikzset{ every picture/.prefix style={ ...
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Is there a way to clear paths previously defined with name path global in TikZ

In the solution to Intersections in PGFplots it was pointed out that each \addplot command was drawn in its own scope and using name path would not survive outside of that \addplot command. The ...
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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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Drawing network protocols

I want to produce network protocols, a very simplified example of which is depicted below: The protocol has two parties, each of which does some computation and then communicated with the other. I ...
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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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Recreating a guilloche with TikZ

One of my last questions talked about certificates and I got great answers. Now my questions is, can one recreate a guilloche in TikZ like the one shown below: or may be a border like
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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 to create a Sierpinski triangle in LaTeX?

I have been trying to recreate the following image in LaTeX and for me personally it has to be done with pdflatex. Although answers using pst-fractals From Jake I got a good start which led to the ...
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How to draw a poset Hasse Diagram using TikZ?

I need to draw an Hasse Diagram using LaTeX. TikZ is the solution I would like to use. I tried with a simple structure involving trees but obviously when I need to join two nodes, it is not possible. ...
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Making TikZ nodes hyperlinkable

I have a TikZ tree. Now I want to make the nodes click-able directing to relevant sections in the document (or directed to URLs). Some of the content in the nodes are not text. Is it possible to turn ...
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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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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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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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Creation of a new poster template

Elena Botoeva has written a package with 5 templates for posters, called fancytikzposter, consisting of a unique TikZ picture. Her class had some success (see here) I am looking for a way to improve ...
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Example of fancy table using TikZ package

Can anyone share me several fancy table templates? I want to make this thread like a reference so that each time I need a template, I could just go here. If you can, please provide a screenshot for ...
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Dotted lines in TikZ with round dots

Well, the title explains all, I guess. Sorry if this is too simple for all the TikZ gurus here: but I want a dash pattern like "dotted" for drawning but with round dots and not the little squares. How ...
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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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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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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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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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Using TikZ, how to draw an elliptical arc starting from point A to point B with the origin as its center where both radii are given?

I am new to TikZ and reading its manual now. For the sake of exercises, I want to draw Batman's logo as follows: Using TikZ, how to draw an elliptical arc starting from point A to point B with the ...
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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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\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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Exporting from Inkscape to LaTeX - via TikZ

I know only the very basics of TikZ, having only used it to produce a pretty flow chart for one of my documents. I recently learned that you can use Inkscape and export to TikZ. What are the ...
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How to draw text-anchored tikz line below text instead of above?

I wish to mark several pairs of from/to anchor locations in text, and use tikz to draw lines between these. The anchors are not in absolute page locations; the text determines where the endpoints of ...
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TikZ: Intersection of two lines

what is the easiest way to determine the intersection of two lines? I tried \usetikzlibrary{intersections} \begin{tikzpicture}[every node/.style={black,above right}] \draw[name path=line 1] (0,0) -- ...
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Neural Network representation

I would like to translate to Spanish a diagram that represents a neural network, the diagrama is something like this: I would like to clone the design and effects, so I need some examples to do ...
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How to modify nodes in TikZ to automatically add a line on their top?

In TikZ there is the very flexible node system. As a beginner I am still stumbling over a few details. How can I modify a node or create my own nodes easily? As an example I need a node with a thick ...
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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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Is there a way to control whitespace around a TikZ picture?

When I draw a tikzpicture that includes paths, I get quite a bit of extra whitespace added around the elements of the picture. Depending on the elements the figure contains, this can work out in some ...
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Drawing a TikZ arc specifying the center

The TiKz command for an arc: \draw (0,0) arc (-30:30:2) ; Draws an arc that starts at (0,0), and would be the part of the circle from -30 degrees to +30 degrees of radius 2. It is very hard to ...
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Need to do some changes to pgfplots axis

I am still in the habit of learning TikZ, barely started using pgfplots to create my images Although I am still not sure what the best way to do so is, I need to create the image below. My problems ...
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Beamer vs. TikZ: uncover nodes step-by-step

I'm trying to uncover a TikZ image piece-by-piece like so: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{positioning} \begin{document} \begin{frame}{Linearity} \begin{center} ...
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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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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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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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Diagonal strikeout starting too low and ending too high

I want to strikeout an equation with diagonal line but I've not managed to get the diagonal line to draw as I want. The closest I've gotten is via the first example in Frédéric's answer of \cancel ...
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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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Multirow/multicolumn cells in TikZ matrices?

Is it possible to make TikZ matrix cells span multiple rows/columns, like they can in LaTeX tables using \multirow/\multicolumn? Specifically, I'd like to typeset something like the following in a ...
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How to make a smarter cropping with standalone or preview packages?

The arrow tail at the bottom left corner is not properly cropped. \documentclass[tikz,border=0pt]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[scale=3,line width=3pt] ...
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How to align a series of TikZ pictures at the baseline

I am trying to align a series of pictures made up of letters, using TikZ. Having tried almost all combinations of the baseline key it is obvious I am missing something. Here is a MWE (currently ...
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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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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 ...