How would I draw charts in Latex? I want to draw some basic tree-type charts (like in family tables), but wouldn't know how to do so or what package to use.
The usual drawing suspects would probably do the job, such as OpenOffice Draw, Kivio, Dia, xfig, and Inkscape. You'd probably want a vector-based drawing program, so you can search Freshmeat to turn up others as well.
If you are doing family trees, you can go hardcore and dive into GRAMPS, and from that you can spit out a family tree as well.
The trick then becomes converting whatever those output to eps files for latex (or png files for pdflatex). Your handy convert command can do wonders, which you get if you install ImageMagick. I've also used Gimp to convert images.
Probably the best way, but one that I have never used so I cannot personally recommend, is using Asymptote. It is based on Metapost, so it is TeX/LaTeX friendly. A quick scan of the web page looks like that if you know how to do latex (without using a latex editor), then you can probably get up to speed pretty quickly.
Having said/written all that above, I stumbled upon this page that tells you a variety of ways to do trees in latex. You might also find this site, or maybe this site useful.
For all such drawings and graphs I usually use metapost, I find it nicely compatible with Latex, and I find it pretty powerful.
However, it does take some time to learn how to use it correctly...
metapost is (who would have thought) in the texlive-metapost package.
It’s a pure Latex solution.
Old thread back to sleep.
GLE is a very hand tool for trees and charts and it's very easy to use:
go to the examples -> diagrams section and you'll see how easy it is!
There is also GraphViz, an extremely handy tool for drawing flow charts:
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