TL;DR: Is there something like tikzposter for infographics?
How can I make a sophisticated infographic in LaTeX / Tikz? I found hardly any examples in the net. The closest I got was http://rainnic.altervista.org/content/two-ideas-infographic-cv-using-latex-and-tikz
What I want to do
I did a Specialization at Coursera and I want to make a infographic to show what has been done. The infographic I want to produce is not about statistics like so many tools provide, but instead more along those lines:
Why on earth do I consider LaTeX/Tikz?
- LaTeX can be brought under collaborative version control (like git).
- Effort put into a decent LaTeX document can be transferred to the next LaTeX document. E.g. I have successively build on my running text LaTeX template (for articles, books, theses, white papers, reports, etc.) for a while and now I am able to produce great results with just a few clicks.
- Many other "professional software engineering" advantages (that admittedly I have not capitalised upon yet) like using http://yeoman.io and continuous delivery.
- Lack of alternatives
What? There are so many alternatives! What alternatives did I try?
I have tried or inspected many of those
Issues with those:
- All of those are online tools - I don't like that.
- The ones I tried are quite restrictive in the free variant.
- Most are about statistics visualisation, and my use case isn't.
- One that is not about statistics are http://www.easel.ly/ - which was not much fun (maybe I have been too long out of the point-and-click game with Linux and LaTeX) and rather restricted in the free variant.
- The best so far was https://www.canva.com
- Not tried so far was http://piktochart.com which looks very similar to https://www.canva.com
(Regarding piktochart and canva I don't have a closing statement.)
- PowerPoint, OpenOffice/LibreOffice Draw: results could be improved.
- Incscape: I tried a couple of times, but I found it difficult to use - but quite possible I didn't try hard enough.
- HTML5 + CSS3: I don't speak them.
Except for HTML5 + CSS3, they don't have the advantage of being text before compilation either - just like the online alternatives.
Since I finished with my infographic I might be able to say what I have done: In fact I did not find anything specifically tailored to infographics. However this is not as bad as it sounds, as TikZ's features already provide a lot of things that work. For me the mindmap tikz-library was particularily useful. I'd additionally recommend considering tcolorbox (even though I didn't use it). Use geometry for the size of the infographic. I based the whole thing on tikzposter but without using any boxes - so I basically only used it for the heading, so one can easily do without it.