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I'm trying to redraw a diagram in Inkscape, and I'm having difficulty recreating the base spiral: Diagram/Spiral

Can you help me?

Note: I'm assuming Inkscape is the best tool. This is largely because its free, open source, and I have some familiarity with it. However if there is a better way of doing this (and doesn't require me buying software) then I am open to that.

As a bit of background: This isn't my diagram, but I'm using it as an exemplar/reference in a document I am writing and I need it to be clearer hence the redraw

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Welcome to GD.SE! What you're trying to do is draw bezier curves...knowing that term will help you as you search online if no one gives you an answer here right away. –  Brendan Oct 1 '13 at 11:20
    
Thanks @Brendan. Will keep that in mind. –  E_L Oct 1 '13 at 12:50
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"conical spiral" is another search term that might help. One quick thing you could try (not tested): draw one segment as a path with a stroke, copy, paste, scale up by X%, align, join paths, paste again, scale up by X% twice, align, join to the two existing segments, paste, scale up by X% 3 times... etc –  user568458 Oct 1 '13 at 13:09
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It is easy as usual!
For that i will use Illustrator CS5.

1) Take a "Spiral Tool"

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2) Now click on the screen and set some options for the spiral creation. Then click "OK"

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3) A new spiral will be drawn:

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4) Now transform the spiral:

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5) Rotate and scale:

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6) It will be look like this:

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7) Take a "Reshape Tool" (the magic begins :)

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8) Select the lowest node of the spiral and drag it to bottom:

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9) Thats all:

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That's exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for... unfortunately its using Adobe Illustrator which costs me money or requires me to seek out pirate copies. Do you know how to do this in something free like inkscape or gimp? –  E_L Oct 1 '13 at 15:01
    
@E_L Oww, sorry no :( –  mast0r Oct 1 '13 at 15:13
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