## Faculty Research and Creative Activity

Article

January 2009

#### Abstract

TikZ is a system which can be used to specify graphics of very high quality. For example, accurate place- ment of picture elements, use of TEX fonts, ability to incorporate mathematical typesetting, and the possi- bility of introducing macros can be viewed as positive factors of this system. The syntax uses an amal- gamation of ideas from METAFONT, METAPOST, PSTricks, and SVG, allowing its users to \program" their desired graphics. The latest revision to TikZ introduces many new features to an already feature- packed system, as evidenced by its 560-page user manual. Here, we present a tutorial overview of this system, suitable for both beginning and intermediate users of TikZ.

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