Low-Performing InkScape Extension, for TikZ Export.

One of the facts which I’ve been writing about is, that the application ‘InkScape’ supports exporting its graphics to the ‘PSTricks’ flavour of .TEX-File. It does this out-of-the-box and without apparent error. But I have also written that A flavour of .TEX-File exists, which is the PGF/TikZ form. And Linux has few graphical, interactive editors, to be able to create this file-format, because again, the file that is being sought is a text file. It would be nice of InkScape could additionally output to this format, since InkScape is a powerful, GUI-based graphics application.

Well as it happens, It’s possible to add some meagre extensions to InkScape, in user-space, or with elevated privileges. One such extension is called ‘svg2tikz‘, and so at first glance it would seem that users can benefit fully. But as is often the case, there are caveats with using this one extension.

(Updated 3/10/2018, 7h30 … )

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A simplified way to insert TikZ graphics into actual documents.

One of the observations I seem to be making is, that the technology-intensive part of the world is still using such tools as LaTeX, to typeset documents and vector-based graphics, such as Mathematical equations which I’ve included in previous parts of this blog, even though we know that GUI-based applications have existed for some time, that also typeset and do graphics…

I like ‘LaTeX’, even though I never learned the full syntax. LaTeX defines the document in a type of textual syntax. And there is even a system of TeX macros, which defines a sub-language called “TikZ”, that defines entire figures, sketches and plots, using a textual syntax.

Edit: Alternatively, there is a sub-language called “PSTricks”, which offers yet another way to do the same thing

And so a question which strikes me as important is, how to use these languages, even though I don’t know the syntax. And the answer is, ‘I use a GUI.’ That GUI mainly consists of the application ‘LyX’.

(Updated 3/07/2019, 17h55 … )

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