[OS X TeX] Dataflow diagramming

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Thu Aug 2 21:52:38 EDT 2007

Hi Alan, and Roberto,

On 03/08/2007, at 6:00 AM, Alan Litchfield wrote:

> Thanks Roberto,
> Some very nice diagrams in your notes :)
> I know I can draw the diagrams using the general tools available with 
> LaTeX, and indeed tcm provides a Yourdon and De Marco toolset with 
> their diagramming tools. I was seeing if there were any wonderful 
> tools that were similar to the graphing environments and so on that I 
> was not aware of. Just trying to avoid extra work ;0)

Have a look at Xy-pic .

It was designed specifically to cater with diagrams of this type,
as well as many others, including mathematical commutative
diagrams, etc.

Documentation is in the standard place; e.g.,


Or maybe you have .pdf  versions of these already.

> At the moment I use Visio but there are issues because I don't often 
> use Windows and the program is not always available to me. I print to 
> pdf, so the files are adequate if a little too Arial.
> About changing the extension. Not sure what you mean. The pdf is a 
> binary file so changing the extension to tex and opening in a text 
> editor shows binary bumph.
> Cheers
> Alan



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