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Using latex for drawing flowcharts

Postby mozkaynak » Tue May 29, 2007 4:08 am

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 » Tue May 29, 2007 8:26 am


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

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Postby darckhart » Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:44 am

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

  1. Undefined control sequence.
  2. (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 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:26 am

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 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:43 am


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 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:52 am

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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