Sorry if this doubles some other question, but I failed to find the right answer.

I am using LaTeX for writing math papers. However my knowledge of LaTeX and other computer programs is rather limited. In particular I have no experience at all in drawing figures. Now I am trying to figure out where to start learning this.

I have heard that there are programs allowing to create a figure and then encapsulate it into a LaTeX file. What are the user friendly programs of that kind? The type of figures I would like to create include knots, polytopes, convex bodies which I can easily draw by hand, but have no idea how to do it on a computer.

Given my modest background in computers, I would prefer something which is not very sophisticated and which could be learned and used relatively quickly. (I work with Windows, if it is important.)

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    possible duplicate of List of TikZ Editor – m0nhawk Jun 28 '15 at 10:07
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    Also, here is the good question too: What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) for PGF/TikZ?. – m0nhawk Jun 28 '15 at 10:09
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    @Closers This question of a first user is just a few minutes old. It might need a little clarification. But a list of TikZ editors is a partial answer at best and not a duplicate. – Heiko Oberdiek Jun 28 '15 at 10:16
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    I don't agree that this is a duplicate. The question asks for programs to generate figures (plots). Apart from the title, it isn't even specified that it should be done with LaTeX, only included. MKO, please elaborate a bit on the question at hand. – Johannes_B Jun 28 '15 at 12:24
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    In addition to the above mentioned TiKZ editors and inkscape, there's also flowframtk which can export to pgf code. This can be input into a LaTeX document using \input (with \usepackage{pgf}). – Nicola Talbot Jun 28 '15 at 14:59

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