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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Code examples, like in the TikZ/PGF manual

I like very much the 'side-by-side' code examples in the TikZ/PGF manual... ... and I would like to use the same thing in a manual I'm writing. I have found the source code for the codeexample ...
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Customizing chapter style with tikz

How can I customize chapter style like below picture? Thank you in advance.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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spiral spring in tikz

I'm aware of the possibility to easily draw linear springs with tikz but what about spiral springs (torsion)? It looks like there is nothing ready and a long journey in pgf is necessary. I could ...
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How do I use pgfmathdeclarefunction to create define a new pgf function?

I'd like to define new function for pgf so I can use it in pgfplots. I'm trying to create a unit pulse function p(x) which has a value of 1 from x=0 to x=1, and 0 elsewhere. I read the pgf manual on ...
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\widthof within tikzpicture

In this minimal example \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{calc} \usepackage{tikz} \newlength{\TestLength} \begin{document} \setlength{\TestLength}{\widthof{\tikz \node {bla};}} ...
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sn edges and nice empty nodes styles in forest lead to dividing by zero; what's going on?

The forest manual defines two styles: sn edges and nice empty nodes. They are defined as: sn edges/.style={for tree={parent anchor=south, child anchor=north}} and nice empty nodes/.style={for ...
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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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Drawing a proper shadow for overlapping objects

I draw images that are composed of several overlapping nodes. If I add a drop shadow to each node, the shadow of the second node is drawn over the first node, as seen in the picture below (which ...
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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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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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Using htlatex with tikz-dependency

I am trying to generate an html file from a tex file using htlatex. The htlatex works well with simple tikz pictures, but it has problem with the pictures (trees) drawn with tikz-dependency package. ...
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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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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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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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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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Problem using .estyle in a tikzset

I copied Tomasz M. Trzeciak's code from Elliptic Moebius map on sphere using Tikz to draw a shaded sphere with parallels and meridians. Only the sphere was drawn - no parallels or meridians. When I ...
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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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Filling specified area by random dots in TikZ

I want to reproduce the following diagram in Tikz. LaTeX code of my MWE is below: \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw [-latex, ...
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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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Milestone graphic in TikZ

This question led to a new project for a TikZ based solution: timeline The author of the original artwork has posted his METAPOST based library: blueprint How could I implement a ...