Math teachers - Geometric figure creator?

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  1. raneydae

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    Does anyone know if there is some type of program available that will allow me to create my own geometric figures? I'm imagining something similar to MathType, but where I could draw angles, triangles, lines, and label points, etc. instead.

    I could always photoshop, but I'm sure there's got to be a simpler way, right??
     
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    I actually have used the AutoShapes from MicrosoftWord (click Insert and then Pictures) to create my shapes. For some shapes, it would take me a long time to get it right such as triangular prisms or pyramids. Once I would finish them copy it into a PowerPoint document and then group all the lines so they would not separate when moving the position in the document. It takes time at first, but once you create a bunch you have a bank of shapes and it's free.

    Other shapes, such as heptagons or decagons are more difficult but I was able to find some in the internet that I just copied and pasted.
     
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    This is kinda like killing an ant with a nuclear bomb, but since I own both matlab and maple, I use them.
     
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    Since we're on the topic of overkill, let me suggest laTEX:

    http://www.latex-project.org/

    Like HTML, there's a bit of a learning curve to it, but once you get it down, you can actually just type out the geometric figures and have it rendered. Pretty slick.

    Usually I just screw around with autoshapes and use Sketchpad in a fix.
     
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    There's always Omnigraffle, though it's begun to cost real cash money.
     
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    Hi, my name is Alice and I'm a dinosaur.

    I use a ruler and pencil, occasionally supplemented by a dime or a quarter.
     
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    Sometimes I've wished ruler-and-pencil constructions were feasible for me - though, by golly, the advent of the all-in-one printer helps mightily.
     

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