lots of user requests mentioned the problem of a too big bounding box in saved
figures. Some even provided patches to the svn (http://www.nabble.com/savefig-
To date there is no way of automatically getting a figure plotted so tightly
that it could be directly included in e.g. a tex file. All the time I have to
1. plot it also in svg,
2. then open inkscape,
4. remove the big white background rectangle,
5. export to pdf,
5. pdfcrop it.
Isn't there a convenient way just to not plot the big white rectangle in
matplotlib? It would solve the whole problem. Just setting transparent=True in
savefig() doesn't work, as the rectangle still exists.