Everybody knows that paintings with tikz/pgf is utter pain because you have to remember each dot coordinates by heart, is not there some debug or tool/tip to make life with it easier? Otherwise I spend hours for some difficult curves and graphs

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    what do you mean? I'm not one of those "everybody" – percusse Sep 24 '17 at 8:39
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    You do know that you can define coordinates and reuse them (by name) as well as plot graphs by a function/data points from a file, don't you? – TeXnician Sep 24 '17 at 8:46
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    I have to join the chorus: tikz is an incredibly powerful and well-built package. If you have having trouble with these aspects of then you are using it the wrong way. – Andrew Sep 24 '17 at 8:49
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    Have you had a look at the manual (ctan.org/pkg/pgf)? "The wealth of options offered by TikZ is often daunting to beginners; but fortunately this documentation comes with a number slowly-paced tutorials that will teach you almost all you should know about TikZ without your having to read the rest." I also have problems with TikZ from time to time. But this is almost always due to impatience (e. g. meeting a deadline in combination with using a specific TikZ feature the first time). – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Sep 24 '17 at 16:36
  • If you did have to specify them manually, that would surely be a huge pain, but you would hardly have to learn them by heart. But, again, despite not having to learn them by rote, there's definitely something less than optimal about your approach. – cfr Sep 24 '17 at 22:56

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