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+WhizzyTikZ is still very experimental and the interface _will_ change.
+Nevertheless, it has worked for me in a few cases and can make certain
+tasks much easier.  If you feel like hacking on it, I would love some
+help, otherwise submitting bug reports is also very valuable.
+WhizzyTikZ allows you to write TikZ code (with some restrictions), and
+then move the nodes with your mouse and have the changes reflected in
+the file.  This allows you to create beautiful TikZ diagrams in which
+some, or all, or the nodes have a more organic or random looking
+There are several other TikZ editors, but all were unable to do what I
+wanted at the time that I tried them.
+- [KtikZ](
+- [TikzEdt](
+- [TikZiT](
+There are many other
+[programs which output TikZ](
+so if you wish to draw a TikZ diagram completely in a GUI, one of
+those may be a better choice.
+1. Install Emacs, [AUCTeX](,
+[ActiveDVI]( and
+[WhizzyTeX]( and get them working.
+This can be a non-trivial step.
+2. Copy whizzy-tikz.sty to someplace latex can find it, for example,
+in the same directory as you LaTeX file.  Alternately, add the
+directory where it's found to the `TEXINPUTS` environment variable.
+3. In emacs load whizzytex.el as usual and then load whizzy-tikz.el.
+To any nodes you want to be able to move, add the style ADVI.  Someday
+you'll be able to set how you want it to be matched (e.g. you have a
+custom macro) with the `type` option, but for the moment it looks for
+a node with the exact x,y coordinates you gave.  If that fails,
+(e.g. you have a macro in one of the coordinates) there is another
+looser matching that may or may not succeed.  This matching is less
+tested since I didn't need it for my application.
+You can specify how many digits after the decimal place you would like
+(default=4) by setting the precision parameter.  You can also set
+whether the node should be moved (default), or duplicated.  The
+duplication is very simple, it just copies the line where it found a
+match and places the new (moved) version after that line.
+    \node[ADVI={precision=0,duplicate=yes}] (3,5) {factory};
+Known Bugs
+- If you use a macro in a coordinate it won't update the value of the
+macro.  Instead it updates the node directly, overwriting the call the
+macro.  This can simultaneously be considered a bug and a feature, but
+it does mean that it will not work with constructs like `\foreach`.
+    \newcommand{\y}{3}
+    \node (2,\y);
+- You have to specify which nodes are editable.  Though of course you
+can use something like
+    \tikzstyle{every node} = [ADVI]
+- Sometimes the line number is wrong.  I think this might be because
+of slicing.  I'm not sure how to track it down.
+- There is only support for nodes, not rectangles, circles, etc.
+- It is not properly packaged or documented.