Pierre, I would look at two things. Firstly, as someone else mentioned, the overpic package. This allows you to overlay different graphics, latex pictures, place text, etc. It’s quite good for annotating graphics and such. I use it for presentations, blanking out tiny text in an image, for example, with a white box and then overlaying my own text. Turn on the ‘grid’ option and you can see exactly where to place things (well, nearly exactly). Secondly, have a look at scribus, an open source dtp package that runs really well under linux and has as its target high quality pdf’s. It has plenty of drawing/illustration capabilities. It can also import eps files and edit them, retaining the vector graphics, not good for complicated drawings, but fine for simple ones. And of course it can export to a pdf (or eps). Not as fancy as illustrator in terms of gradients, fills, etc., etc., but I find it does everything I need. It also has a very active irc channel, there’s usually someone on line who can answer a question or give some advice. Pick up a recent version that is compatible with your distribution, as it is evolving (= improving) rapidly. I use it with pdfcrop, a script that cuts down a pdf from, say, a full A4 page (which is what dtp stuff tends to do) to a real pdf image just big enough to hold all the image. This saves trying to tell graphicx where you’d like the bounding box. [I use pdflatex exclusively, with images as either pdfs or pngs, this saves an intermediary dvi file, with xpdf as a previewer, eps2eps will do a pretty good job at cropping an eps if you prefer to go the latex/eps route.] These, plus gimp, mean I haven’t booted up in Windows for a long time, indeed, I don’t own a copy of illustrator any more. Hope this helps. Steve debian wrote: >, I have been doing a lot of that lately, and I regret to say that there does not seem to be anything yet to replace Adobe Illustrator, which (for me) means that I have to control my nausea and run a Windows session every once in a while. A well-layered Illustrator file, saved as EPS will certainly do the trick. I wish I could make Wine work for Illustrator, but not so far. The EPS utilities in DVIPS work very well indeed. If anyone has any answers that can release us from these remaining dependencies on Windows, please let us hear it. Vector graphics is still one of the weak points in a Linux environment. I tend to save in the Illustrator 8 format rather than in the Illustrator-CS format, because the latter has been carefully designed to be an unreadable mystery. Pierre MacKay +——————————————————————-+ Professor Steven J Schwartz Phone: +44-(0)20-7594-7660 Space and Atmospheric Physics Fax: +44-(0)20-7594-7772 The Blackett Laboratory E-mail: >, +——————————————————————-+ ————– next part ————– An HTML attachment was scrubbed… URL: Source.