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Science and KDE - Interview with KtikZ Developers

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Many scientists use the LaTeX typesetting system as the preferred way to write publications. Among the various widely used add-ons, one special mention is the TikZ language, a powerful extension which is used to create publication-quality figures. Of course, like LaTeX, it takes its time to learn. The good news is that, like with LaTeX there is KDE software to fill in this gap: KTikZ, a graphical front-end to TikZ.

As part of the KDE Science series, Luca Beltrame interviewed KtikZ's developers: Florian Hackenberger and Glad Deschrijver.

The Application

Luca: What was the motivation for developing KTiKZ? How does it compare to other similar applications?

Florian: KtikZ originated as a means to an end for making me productive while I was working on my diploma thesis. The thesis involved studying and explaining the properties of dynamic equation systems based on coupled, non-linear oscillators. Creating good-looking figures for the thesis was crucial and after evaluating a few systems (XFig, Inkscape, gnuplot and Asymptote), I settled on TikZ.

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