Vector graphics

Xfig – draw and manipulate objects interactively

Xfig is a menu-driven tool that allows the user to draw and manipulate objects interactively in an X window. The resulting pictures can be saved, printed on postscript printers or converted to a variety of other formats.

In xfig, figures can be drawn using objects such as circles, boxes, lines, spline curves, text, etc. Those objects can be created, deleted, moved or modified. Attributes such as colors or line styles can be selected in various ways. For text, 35 fonts are available. It is also possible to embed images in formats such as JPEG, PDF, EPS, PNG, etc. Xfig saves figures in its native Fig format.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Import files as images:
    • Raster formats: GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, PPM, PTK, TIFF, XBM, and XPM
    • Vector graphics formats: EPS, PostScript
  • Export Fig documents into other formats:
    • Raster formats: GIF, JPEG, PNG, PPM, XBM, XPM, PCX, TIFF, and SLD.
    • Formats for printed documents: PostScript, PDF, HP-GL (a printer control language used by Hewlett-Packard plotters).
    • Vector graphics formats: EPS, SVG, PIC, CGM, Metafont, MetaPost, EMF, GBX, DXF and Tk
    • LaTeX files: PGF/TikZ, and PStricks.
  • Full colour support for embedded image files.
  • Printing.
  • Supports international text.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for some operations.

Support: Source Code Repository
Developer: Thomas Loimer, Supoj Sutanthavibul, Brian V. Smith, Paul King
License: Xfig license

Xfig in action
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Xfig is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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