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E.2 How to get xfig

The xfig utility mentioned several times in this documentation is a freely distributable interactive drawing editor for the X Window System. It can display and edit the output of any application that uses the Fig Plotter support contained in GNU libplot. That includes graph -T fig, plot -T fig, pic2plot -T fig, tek2plot -T fig, and plotfont -T fig.

The current version is available at It can import additional graphics in GIF, X11 bitmap, and Postscript formats. Accompanying the editor is a package called transfig, which allows xfig graphics to be exported in many formats. GIF, X11 bitmap, LaTeX, and Postscript formats are supported.

There is a Web page on Fig format, which discusses application software that can interoperate with xfig.