# [OS X TeX] pstricks guru please

Alf Kierkegaard red_overalls at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 10 13:19:07 EDT 2002


Hi everyone,

I have been having trouble getting started with pstricks and TeXShop. I know
TexShop generates pdf and so you have to use a special package (pdftricks).
A file that worked successfully for me before on UNIX was:

%beginning of sample file

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pst-all}

\begin{document}
\section{First Section}

This is just a little sentence so that we don't have a big blank page---and
it should be long enough to wrap around.

\begin{figure}
\begin{pspicture}(2, 2)
\psset{linecolor=black, linewidth=1.2pt}
\psline(0.2, 0.2)(1, 0)
\end{pspicture}
\end{figure}

\end{document}

%end of sample file

The above produces the text plus a little line fragment beneath (on UNIX). I
have tried to adapt the code for TexShop like so:

% beginning of sample file number 2

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pdftricks}
\begin{psinputs}
\usepackage{pstricks}
\usepackage{pst-all}
\end{psinputs}
\begin{document}

\section{First Section}

This is again a little sentence so that we don't have a big blank page---and
it should be long enough to wrap around.

\begin{figure}
\begin{pspicture}(2, 2)
\psset{linecolor=black, linewidth=1.2pt}
\psline(0.2, 0.2)(1, 0)
\end{pspicture}
\end{figure}

\end{document}

%end of sample file number 2

When I try to LaTex this it complains that it doesn't know what
\begin{pspicture} is ("environment pspicture undefined"). I can get rid of
the error by enclosing the pspicture markers between \begin(pdfpic}...
\end{pdfpic}, but then the figure doesn't appear. The truth is I really
don't know what I'm doing.

PS: I have placed pdftricks.sty in the same directory as my .tex files.

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