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Using latex for drawing flowcharts

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Postby mozkaynak on Tue May 29th, 2007

Hello I would like to use latex to draw flowcharts.
is there anyone has experience in drawing flowcharts by using latex?
by doing a small research I found PGF/TikZ to be most appropriate package for this purpose.
Any comments on that?

What is the best editor for the purpose of drawing flowcharts in latex?

I desperately need support on this issue, so any help will be highly appreciated.


PS: I use Ubuntu as operating system.
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Postby countbela666 on Tue May 29th, 2007


another possibility would be using PSTricks. Here a link to a simple flowchart example using psmatrix:

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Postby darckhart on Wed Aug 22nd, 2007

Sorry to revive this, but I checked out that link and am having difficulty compiling the flowchart tex code provided. As is, the flowchart.tex file will not compile correctly, giving me errors such as

Code: Select all  •  Open in online LaTeX editor
Undefined control sequence.
(recently read) \c@lor@to@ps

I also tried loading additional packages, such as pstricks-add and xkeyval, but that did not work either.

I have the basic TeXLive 2007, ghostscript 8.57, gsview 4.8, and adobe acrobat 6 installed on winxp. Thanks.
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Postby gmedina on Wed Aug 22nd, 2007

pstricks uses some commands not supported by pdflatex. The error you mention is similar to those obtained using pdflatex directly on a .tex document using pstricks. So you have to process your .tex document with latex and then use dvitops and finally (if your goal is a .pdf document) use pstopdf.
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Postby nunolf on Sun Aug 26th, 2007


How about ConTeX? It has a online tool to produce fancy workflows.
I also suggest the DIA program (Lin and Win). It has libraries with pre-built blocks for many kinds of flowcharts. Save as eps, then epstopdf and you are done.
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Postby nunolf on Sun Aug 26th, 2007

Forgot ConTeX links. Check it out:

1- Check here to get a general idea:

2- first produce the code for a certain flowchart here:

3- then, use the online compiler (paste the previous code into here).

A source example goes in attach.
Flowchart designed on the online flowcharts creator for ConTeX.
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