Xfig replacement on Mac OS X.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kenn, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. kenn macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2009
    Is there a native Mac OS X drawing program that can work as replacement for Xfig? Xfig is a bitch to install under Mac OS X 10.5.6.
  2. kenn thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2009
    I would like to avoid installing yet another program (Darwin) in order to install the one I want, if you get my drift.
  3. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    MacPorts is pretty small in comparison and offers an easy way to install a whole host of Linux / Unix software. It is highly recommended.

    You'll need to install the Apple Developer Tools whatever you do anyway and that is a few GB's of stuff so I wouldn't worry too much about MacPorts.
  4. alnashif macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2009
  5. aksuresh macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2010
    Problem installing xfig (actually, darwinports)

    As a preliminary to installing xfig on my mac, I downloaded and installed Darwinports 1.7, but while running

    sudo port -d selfupdate

    I get stuck with the error message:

    rsync: failed to connect to rsync.macports.org: Operation timed out (60)
    rsync error: error in socket IO (code 10) at /SourceCache/rsync/rsync-35.2/rsync/clientserver.c(105) [receiver=2.6.9]
    Error: Synchronization of the local ports tree failed doing rsync
    DEBUG: Couldn't sync the ports tree: Synchronization of 1 source(s) failed
    while executing
    "macports::selfupdate [array get global_options]"
    Error: /opt/local/bin/port: port selfupdate failed: Couldn't sync the ports tree: Synchronization of 1 source(s) failed

    and I cannot proceed since the local tree is not sync_ed with the server.

    Can anyone help??
  6. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    After using xfig for a long time, I switched to Inkscape. No regrets.
  7. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I second Inkscape. The only thing it requires is X11, but that's easy to install if you don't have it.
  8. eric.albin macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011
    xfig + Inkscape

    I wouldn't say that people should replace xfig by Inkscape. Both programs have advantages and disdvantages. I find xfig better to make schematic diagrams without color gradients... You can also directly write .fig files from gnuplot to make nice curves you can easily customize...
    Xfig can also be installed via "Fink Commander". It is really easy to install.

    One of the problem to use xfig is that it requires the middle click on mac OS. You can however simulate a middle click by pressing the "alt" key when left-clicking. This should works fine if you selected "Emulate three button mouse" in the preference of "X11".
    Have fun!
  9. Julius Smith macrumors newbie

    Julius Smith

    Dec 27, 2015
    Stanford CA
    xfig presently has no maintainer on MacPorts, and there is presently a pretty bad bug making Text Fields uneditable (although you can delete and create a new one, or edit the .fig file directly).

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