The FIG graphics format is a vector drawing format which can be used
with programs such as xfig to produce simple figures for documents.
Note that MATLAB will
produce a proprietary graphics
file format called the MATLAB Figure format, saved in a file with a ".fig"
extension. As far as I know, none of the programs described herein handle that
- History of fig
- Description of various fig formats (Current version 3.2)
- Associated Software
- Editors: Xfig, javafig, fig
- Conversion programs: transfig, fig2dev, hp2xx, mif2fig, pstoedit, pic2fig, pbmtofig, etc.
- Libraries: plotutils, etc.
- Utilities: Feynfig, gnuplot, etc.
- Related Sites
- Related Software
The following programs use some version of FIG.
- WinFIG - a native MS Windows FIG editor
- Xfig is the primary FIG editor. A
separate page has been created for information on xfig and ports of xfig.
is a Java applet which runs a FIG viewer and editor for Java platforms.
Author: Norman Hendrich.
- fig (Facility for Interactive Generation of figures) is the original
FIG program, written to use the now defunct SunView windowing system.
Author: Supoj Sutanthavibul. Modifications: Frank Schmuck, Micah Beck. Last known
version: 2.1 release 1, FIG version 2.1 supported.
- Windows and FIG - More information on FIG and MS Windows.
(AKA dr) is an editor which can read/write FIG format files. For Linux. Author Ed Falk.
- Figurine - X11 FIG editor. Licensed under the GPL.
- Karbon (formerly Killustrator then Kontour)
is a vector drawing program for KDE. Partially supports reading FIG 3.1
files. Does not write FIG format output.
- Dia - A diagram editor based on gtk+. Imports FIG files.
is a TCL/Tk based editor for graph drawing. FIG output. Author:
(formerly Sketch) supports FIG input. Does not support FIG output.
- Conversion Programs
A note on conversions - xfig and transfig will accept older FIG formats and
work with them. However, xfig will only save to its native version, and will
not read newer versions. Old conversion programs which produce older versions
of FIG files will still be of value, but those which only read older versions
of the FIG format may not work with current software.
- From FIG to other formats
- Transfig (available from the
X11 ftp site
or the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) is a package containing the FIG to output converter
fig2dev. This will convert files
in the normal FIG format to formats better suited for printing such as
PostScript, or for inclusion in documents (e.g. LaTeX). (Current version
is 3.2.4.) Transfig is required by xfig, as xfig uses this to produce most
of its output.
is a program which will take a FIG 3.1 or 3.2 file and a height
file and create a three dimensional model for a program called
Author: Peter Apian-Bennewitz.
is a tool to create
and Open Office drawings.
(AKA OpenOffice, StarOffice, sxd graphics files.)
- fig2sxd converts to Open Office format. (Linux and Windows binaries available.)
- perl scripts to convert FIG and TGIF's OBJ format to
idraw's format. By Shinji Kono, documentation
is PostScript printer spooler. It contains a
to convert FIG files to PNG format via Ghostscript.
- mifXfig -
converts between FrameMaker's MIF format and FIG (both ways). Author: Mikael Lundqvist.
is a vector graphics viewer and converter for the Amiga.
Reads FIG 3.1 files and converts them to other vector formats. Will also write
FIG format files from other formats. Current version 2.6.
Author: Henk Jonas.
- GRASS GIS
has a converter to convert both ways between its native format and FIG 3.2.
(grass2fig and fig2grass) Author: Jacques Bouchard
- To FIG from other vector formats
pstoedit - will convert PostScript and PDF to FIG (and other formats)
via Ghostscript or another
PostScript interpreter. Current version 3.31. FIG version 3.2. Author: Wolfgang Glunz.
Hints for FIG and pstoedit.
- hp2xx - will convert HPGL
files to FIG format. Requires version
or better. Produces FIG version 3.1
output. Author: Heinz Werntges.
is a program to convert AutoCAD DXF format to FIG. Author "lemmens".
is a PIC like interpretor which can convert PIC format to FIG 3.1 format,
(See the circuit macros for LaTeX on this page as well.)
- pic2fig - converts PIC (nroff/troff style pictures) to FIG. Available
via FTP from
the X11 ftp site.
See also the pic2plot function in plotutils.
- plot2fig converts UNIX plot(4) format files to FIG format.
This uses FIG 2.0, and is available from a few FTP sites. Written by
Richard Murphey in 1990, while at Rice University. (See plotutils below.)
- Tek2plot will convert Tektronix 40xx graphics code to FIG via
- pic2plot will convert PIC code to FIG via
- Fig driver for S - also called sfig, s2xfig, or s2fig.
Fig 2.1 driver for the S/SPlus package.
Available from the StatLib archive.
Original author Peter Dalgaard, updated by Gary Houston (latter version
See also the R statistical package.
- cdraw2fig translates pictures from "Cheap Draw" format to FIG 1.4.
(Cheap Draw was a drawing package written for UNIXPC computers.)
Author: Mark Hartman. Originally posted to comp.sources.3b1 in March 1991.
- wmftofig - A program to convert MicroSoft windows metafile format,
or wmf, to FIG 3.2. Part of
Also see the wvWare webpage for more information.
- cgm2fig available via
this Russian site.
(Note: Russian text only - Cyrillic font required.)
This seems to use RALCGM and tcl to produce FIG 3.2 files. Author:
- To FIG from raster formats
These programs will convert bitmap files to vector FIG files. (They perform both vectorisation and conversion to FIG.)
will convert PBM, PGM, PPM and IMG bitmaps to FIG 3.2 format. Current version 0.31.1.
will convert PBM, PGM, and PPM format bitmaps into FIG 3.2 format.
The GNU Plotting Utilities (plotutils) are similar to the UNIX plot(4)
related utilities, but include an option to save to FIG format files.
The current version of plotutils is 2.4.1, supporting FIG version 3.2.
- XFig library for
- PLplot, another plotting
library, has a driver for FIG 3.2.
- The NORA
programming interface allows the user to save graphics in FIG format.
is a FORTRAN program to generate Feynman diagrams in FIG format.
Author: Gavin Salam.
Current version: 1.2b (FIG version 3.1).
- A plotting package which will produce FIG output.
Gnuplot 4.0, the current version,
supports FIG 3.1. (sourceforge site)
fig2sty - uses FIG files to produce fancy layouts with LaTeX. Includes xfig.pm, a PERL module to parse FIG files.
Author: Marcel Rohner
- See also the ShapePar patch for current xfig beta.
The Stereoscopic Editor exports to FIG 3.1 format. By Marcin Kik.
- Bernhard Reiter's utilities produce FIG format
via gnuplot and
via GNU plotutils.
a statistical package, has an XFig driver.
SLxfig - utility to permit S-Lang scripts
to create pictures via xfig2dev.
- xfigbar and xfigpie are two C programs which produce
bar graphs and pie charts in FIG format.
Current version supports FIG 3.1. Author:
creates bar graphs in FIG 3.2 from tabular input. Author Michael Pronath.
- SciLab -
Matrix calculation package, includes FIG 3.1 output driver.
- xgraph -
A plotting program. This version produces FIG 2.1 output.
- The IRIT
solid modeller includes a converter (irit2pov) for FIG output.
- The EasyMesh
mesh generator saves to FIG and DXF formats.
- The abs spreadsheet
exports to a FIG format file. (GPL'ed software - source available.)
- Treefig is
a tool to create tree graphs from a text file. This uses FIG 2.1.
- phylogenetic tree file converter. Exports to FIG.
- Ebnf2ps generates
syntax diagrams from EBNF specifications. This uses FIG 3.1. Author Peter Thiemann.
is a molecule representation drawing tool. It produces FIG 3.2. Author Thomas Volk.
- WHAT IF,
a protein structure analysis program,
includes a SETFIG command to generate FIG plots.
- spectra- and matrix-analysis program - saves to fig format. Contact Andreas
is a program which pretty prints multiple alignment files. One of the output
formats is FIG.
is a 3D file viewer, which will save 2D output as FIG 2.1.
is a package which will manipulate images in various formats. It uses
transfig to create image files from FIG files.
is a visualisation package for sparse matrices. Output includes FIG 2.1 format.
is a program which draws linkages. FIG 3.1.
is a satellite image processing program with direct links to XFig.
- TUD DD
Decision Diagram package which produces FIG 3.1 output.
Author: Stefan Höreth
produces PDF slideshows from FIG files.
program which works with xfig to draw network topologies.
The Toolkit for Conceptual Modeling is a suite of programs to produce graphs,
trees, etc. for program structure. Exports FIG.
Visualization Tool for Ad Hoc Networks - creates connectivity graphs for