Various useful LaTeX things
My PGF/TikZ & pgfplots setup
The PGF and TikZ and pgfplots are currently my most
favourite tools for producing diagrams for LaTeX documents. However, I have had
two issues with using these packages:
The externalisation features of pgf can help with these to some extent. Here I describe how I include TikZ/pgfplots figures so that they don't have to be typeset every time a change is made somewhere else in the document and so that they can be included even when TikZ/pgfplots are not installed. I got some useful inspiration from here .