I have scanned data graphics in a large ms written in
TeX (of course). For copyright reasons I need to redraw these. My publisher may (sadly) decide not to use my source directly, so will need access to my drawings separate from my text.
I can think of several possible workflows; I'm looking for recommendations.
Use tikz, tikz-pgf, pgfplots. I'd have to learn these packages, but that in itself would be fun and useful. Can these generate good standalone images as well as ones included in my document?
Use r, and export to pdf. I'd have to learn the r, but I have a really good consultant.
Use inkscape (which I've begun learning).
Use Excel, export to pdf. I am already doing this in some places where it's appropriate in context. I'd rather not have all the graphics look Excel-generated.
Other suggestions welcome.
If you're curious, the project is http://www.cs.umb.edu/~eb/qrbook/qrbook.pdf