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I’m looking a good tool for drawing figures and diagrams for thesis and research papers.

According to my findings, it seems like inkscape is a good tool for that purpose. Do you have some better ideas?

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  • It depends on what sort of diagrams you need, but Dia makes it easy to create various types of flowcharts, graphs, maps, etc.; is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux; and is free.

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  • If you have Microsoft Office, then Visio is the perennial tool for this task.

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+1 for quick reply. Most of my diagrams are related to Artificial Intelligence. –  Upul Aug 28 '12 at 3:43

I think you can use Dia Diagram Editor it is a free software and you can download it from the link below.

http://dia-installer.de/

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Within academia Latex is a very popular authoring tool for documents. A stackexchange site for Latex users is Tex - Stackexchange.

Within Latex a popular tool for making figures is Tikz. A site showing a wide range of Tikz figure is http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/.

One of the examples from the site is shown below: (Source: http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/parameterized-plots/)

Figure A

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