JaxoDraw: A graphical user interface for drawing Feynman diagrams. Version 2.0 release notes

D. Binosi, J. Collins, C. Kaufhold, L. Theussl

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A new version of the Feynman graph plotting tool JaxoDraw is presented. Version 2.0 is a fundamental re-write of most of the JaxoDraw core and some functionalities, in particular importing graphs, are not backward-compatible with the 1.x branch. The most prominent new features include: drawing of Bézier curves for all particle modes, on-the-fly update of edited objects, multiple undo/redo functionality, the addition of a plugin infrastructure, and a general improved memory performance. A new LaTeX style file is presented that has been written specifically on top of the original axodraw.sty to meet the needs of this new version. New version program summary: Program title: JaxoDraw. Catalogue identifier: ADUA_v2_0. Program summary URL: http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADUA_v2_0.html. Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland. Licensing provisions: GPL. No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 103 544. No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 3 745 814. Distribution format: tar.gz. Programming language: Java. Computer: Any Java-enabled platform. Operating system: Any Java-enabled platform, tested on Linux, Windows XP, Mac OS X. Classification: 14. Catalogue identifier of previous version: ADUA_v1_0. Journal reference of previous version: Comput. Phys. Comm. 161 (2004) 76. Does the new version supersede the previous version?: Yes. Nature of problem: Existing methods for drawing Feynman diagrams usually require some hard-coding in one or the other programming or scripting language. It is not very convenient and often time consuming, to generate relatively simple diagrams. Solution method: A program is provided that allows for the interactive drawing of Feynman diagrams with a graphical user interface. The program is easy to learn and use, produces high quality output in several formats and runs on any operating system where a Java Runtime Environment is available. Reasons for new version: A variety of new features and bug fixes. Summary of revisions: Major revisions since the last published user guide were versions 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 with several minor bug-fix releases in between. Restrictions: To make use of the latex export/preview functionality, a latex style file has to be installed separately. Certain operations (like internal latex compilation, Postscript preview) require the execution of external commands that might not work on untested operating systems. Running time: As an interactive program, the running time depends on the complexity of the diagram to be drawn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1709-1715
Number of pages7
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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