picture environment

Baris Erkus bariserkus at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 16 13:16:54 UTC 2021

On 15-Jan-21 9:21 PM, Joe Babb wrote:
> I am trying to use Lyx to document some math and electronics and I 
> need to place a block diagram into my document.  I can draw the 
> diagram in a separate program and insert the jpg into Lyx, but what 
> I'd rather do is draw it directly in Lyx and be able to place Greek 
> characters in each box.
> I used to use Latex years ago and have the fourth edition of Guide to 
> Latex which talks about the picture environment. But I find no picture 
> environment in Lyx.  I read on the Internet about typing an M-x 
> somewhere to get to insert commands directly but can't get that to 
> work.  I keep wanting to work in the code preview pane to insert Latex 
> code directly but can't.  Is it possible at all in Lyx to to a block 
> diagram?
> thanks,
> Joe
Normally, you can insert any LaTeX code (including picture environment) 
using Ctrl-L  or Insert -> TeX Code. This is called "ERT" in LyX AFAIK.

Since you want to write your code for graphics, I would recommend 
Tikz/pgf for general sketches, instead of the old-school picture 
environment. Of course, Some other WYSIWYG tools maybe more faster to 
generate some specific graphics (e.g. the type of diagrams you want in 
your document) without LaTeX coding, but I find Tikz quite powerful to 
invest in.

CTAN says "PGF is a macro package for creating graphics. It is platform- 
and format-independent and works together with the most important TEX 
backend drivers, including pdfTEX and dvips. It comes with a 
user-friendly syntax layer called TikZ"

So, inclusion of LaTeX  math is straightforward in Tikz, while other 
tools may need some tricks to get full benefits of LaTeX. Tikz has some 
many packages, maybe one of them is good for your diagrams. Please look 
at the Pgf/Tikz manual.

One recommendation here tough: Do not write your graphics code in LyX. 
Generate it outside with regular LaTeX, and save your image as PDF. 
Then, include the PDF into the LyX as figure. The issue with including 
the graphics code in LyX is that, compilation times will get longer, and 
it would be difficult to find the errors in your code as you have more 
graphics and you have more text. Moreover, you will find out that the 
ERT coding environment is not very user friendly as your figure gets 
complicated, as it was not intended to develop code in there. I have 
done this before, and I have found myself testing the code with LaTeX 
outside LyX to find the errors. Therefore, LaTeX editors are better for 
this purpose (e.g. TeXmaker, TeXstudio, even Notepad++).

If you want to give a try, I have attached two files: one for the 
figure  and the other one is for the settings. Compile sample.tex with 
latex and you have your figure as PDF, ready to insert into LyX.

Please bottom-post. Start your reply here:

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\begin{tikzpicture}[line join=round]
\draw [line width=2pt] (0,0) -- (1.5,1.5) -- (1.5,0);
\draw [line width=2pt, line cap=round] (1.5,1.5) -- (3.0,1.5) -- (3.0,0);
\filldraw [fill=white, line width=1.25pt] (0, 0) circle[radius=1.5pt];
\filldraw [fill=white, line width=1.25pt] (1.5, 0) circle[radius=1.5pt];



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