Graphics Software Bleg

What is the best (best = 1 / cost * features) software out there (for a Mac, or online) for generating graphics of the sort one might find in a mathematics or computer science textbook?

Right now I am cobbling things together with Python graphics packages plus post-editing with Acorn, but I'm sure I can do much better.


  1. I haven't used it, only watched someone else, but have you tried R?

  2. Try Affinity Designer. An Illustrator type app that costs about $40.

  3. Not exactly sure what sorts of graphics you're trying to produce, but for most diagrams in math papers, people use TikZ, which is free, though it has a bit of a learning curve.