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SVG/Javascript-based library for creating presentations/figures.

To get an overview of the functionality and try sfig out interactively, point your web browser to:

The list of all classes and methods can be referenced from the Wiki.

After you've downloaded sfig, create a presentation by typing:

./create-presentation <name of presentation>

This creates a new directory with two important files:

index.html # Point your browser here to view the presentation
index.js   # Edit your presentation here

To generate a PDF, make sure you have node.js installed and type:

node index.js  # Outputs index.pdf

You can optionally download third-party libraries (e.g., get a local copy of MathJax for rendering math offline) by typing:


When you're going to give a presentation:

  • Type 'shift-f' to toggle between full screen mode.
  • Type 'shift-r' to pre-render all the slides.

Currently, sfig has been tested with Chrome 21 and Firefox 15 on Linux and both work, although the math and animations work much better in Firefox due to a bug in Chrome (Webkit, specifically).

In Firefox, to load MathJax fonts properly from local disk, go to about:config and set security.fileuri.strict_origin_policy to false.

(C) Copyright 2012-2013, Percy Liang

Permission is granted for anyone to copy, use, or modify these programs and accompanying documents for purposes of research or education, provided this copyright notice is retained, and note is made of any changes that have been made.

These programs and documents are distributed without any warranty, express or implied. As the programs were written for research purposes only, they have not been tested to the degree that would be advisable in any important application. All use of these programs is entirely at the user's own risk.


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