[kwlug-disc] Software to draw illustrations?

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Sun Feb 10 12:39:14 EST 2019


Inkscape is my go-to for drawing technical diagrams, posters, etc.

Having said that, when preparing teaching materials that used black
and white diagrams with lots of circles and boxes (flow charts, trees
and graphs) I actually found myself going back to Xfig. It is as ugly
as sin, but the interface is very well done and I find that I can be
very productive in it. It also exports to SVG now. 

I third the recommendation for Krita as a paint program. I have not
used it much myself, but other artists I know prefer it to other
alternatives. Whatever you do stay away from GIMP for anything other
than photo editing. 

- Paul


On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 06:18:17AM -0800, Doug Moen wrote:
> Inkscape is a really popular vector graphics program, for art and design.
> 
> For technical diagrams, libre office draw might be a better option (as mentioned by Sandeep).
> 
> If you need correctly typeset mathematical equations as well, then there are some very powerful diagramming tools made by the Tex/latex community, which I keep meaning to investigate some day. These are programming languages that generate diagrams, so there is a steep learning curve. The ones I've heard of are metapost and tikz.
> 



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