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I would like to draw some quivers in a mathematical paper. What softwares are convenient to draw a quiver? Thank you very much.

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Quiver? You mean the thing people use to carry arrows? I think it would be better to use a photograph, rather than trying to draw one. If you must draw it, I would recommend Adobe Illustrator, or InkScape. –  bubba Apr 24 '13 at 13:39
    
@bubba en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiver_(mathematics) ;) –  Dolma Apr 24 '13 at 13:47
    
Thank you. This confirms my suspicion that archery is a lot more fun than mathematics :-) –  bubba Apr 24 '13 at 14:21
    
maybe better suited for tex.stackexchange.com ? –  Julian Kuelshammer Apr 24 '13 at 16:06

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Some prefer tikz or tikz-cd over xypic since it provides a bit more flexibility. A documentation of tikz-cd can e.g. be found here.

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Depends on how you define convenient.

Matlab has a command called quiver which is pretty good to plot vector fields/quiver.

If you need freeware, Octave has a quiver command as well.

I have not used it on Mathematica but it has many vectorplot functions. You might want to check documentation. If you do not have access to liscence, free version is available.

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For graphs and digraphs I use xypic in $\LaTeX$; it can do quivers too. Very intuitive to use, just put the vertices in a coordinate axes and specify (directed) edges.

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