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What are the advantages of TikZ/PGF over PSTricks?

The first time I saw the PSTricks' 3D Galleries, I immediately fell in love with it. I have spent much time to learn and use it. In this forum, I see many people using TikZ. I have not used TikZ yet. ...
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Why do people still use Postscript?

I submitted a journal paper this morning, and they asked me to include a PDF file, which I expected, and a Postscript (PS) file. Generating the PS file proved more difficult, because some of my ...
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How to use PSTricks in pdfLaTeX?

I thought that PSTricks package was not possible to use in pdfLaTeX but the user Dima claims otherwise. How can I force pdfLaTeX to use PSTricks then?
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How to draw a shaded sphere?

Andrew Stacey pointed out that the Rosetta Code entry "Draw a Sphere" doesn't have a TikZ entry yet. Is there a way to draw a "properly" shaded sphere using TikZ? The ball shading would seem an ...
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Why does anyone prefer Metapost?

TikZ (together with its PGF backend) is the most widely used picture drawing tool by regulars here, having more than 50x as many questions as for Metapost, alongside a wealth of documentation and user ...
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Why doesn't pdfTeX support PStricks directly?

I am sorry, I have to remove the previous question. I didn't realize I had messed up everything (from my other questions) here. The hidden idea was actually as follows, but I had simplified it in a ...
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let operation vs tkz-euclide

Before put my question to give some explanation of why I do this question. When I started to use the TeX a matter of luck that I started working with LaTeX (xelatex) and not with LuaTex for example. ...
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psfrag equivalent for pdflatex

I am currently updating my workflow from the old tex2ps2dvi workflow (needs a lot of time and matplotlib and other stuff etc. hasn't a EPS output (only PDF, SVG, PS, PNG, etc...). I am trying to ...
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Light object / source in PGF / TikZ / PGFplots pictures like in PSTricks

I came across the PSTricks animation located at http://melusine.eu.org/syracuse/pstricks/pst-solides3d/animations/a43/ http://i.stack.imgur.com/NlqHZ.gif and noticed that it uses a light object / ...
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Vector graphics using arbitrary functions (other than bezier, arcs etc) to create shapes

Is it possible to create vector graphics with latex or an external program that allows the usage of more or less arbitrary functions (other than beziers and standard shapes like circles etc) to define ...
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tikzpictures give huge pdf files when processed via dvips and ps2pdf

I have written a paper that includes a couple of TikZ pictures and submitted it to a (Springer) journal. I was quite shocked when I got the pdf file they produced from my source file, since it was ...
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Drawing a hyperbolic trajectory

In Drawing the Celestial Sphere with Tikz Package, they use pspicture. Is there a way to use pspicture inside of tikz? I want to have a hyberbola pass by the Earth with a periapsis of 500km (scaled ...
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Sketching free-hand, importing into TikZ

I need to reproduce various 2D and3D figures, such as the ones shown below, which were originally hand-drawn. Parts of each figure can clearly be done directly with TikZ code, but other parts, ...
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How can I append switches to the existing value of the TikZ font key?

Is it possible to append switches to the existing settings for the TikZ font key? For example, suppose that I want all nodes to be in the \sffamily typeface. This can be done by setting every node/....
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Test on same shaped with Tikz and PStricks

Following up at my previous question: let operation vs tkz-euclide Could Tikz fans and PStricks respectively give the same shaped, as following, as to see the advantages and disadvantages of each ...

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