[OS X TeX] pstricks, ps4pdf, pdflatex and AlphaX -- my solution

Michael Hoppe mh at michael-hoppe.de
Fri Nov 19 04:35:39 EST 2004

Dear TeXers,

here's my solution to get pstricks integrated in pdflatex.  First get 
ps4pf and tetexComm.tcl from Joachim Kock and install both.

     We (ab)use the switch usedvipdfm for our purpose.  For that, open 
tetexComm.tcl in Alpha and locate the lines

if { $TeXCmodeVars(usedvipdfm) } {
	set cmd "echo \r ; dvipdfm $texRun(jobName) 2>&1"

Change them as follows:

if { $TeXCmodeVars(usedvipdfm) } {
	#set cmd "echo \r ; dvipdfm $texRun(jobName) 2>&1"
	set cmd "echo \r ; dvips -Ppdf -o $texRun(jobName)-pics.ps 
$texRun(jobName).dvi 2>&1 ; \
	  echo \r ; ps2pdf $texRun(jobName)-pics.ps 
$texRun(jobName)-pics.pdf ; \
	echo \r ; pdflatex $texRun(jobName).tex"

Save tetexComm.tcl and restart Alpha and set the switch usedvipdfm in 
the prefs for TeXC.

     Next thing to do is to wrap all the pstricks-stuff in PSforPDF{} 
as described in the ps4pdf manual.  Write


in the first line of your document and then run the script via 
Command-Shift-R.  In this step all the pictures get converted.  This 
production step is only needed once to convert the pictures, so after 
this production change




and tex your document as usual.  Repeat the production of the 
pictures (i.e., change %&pdflatex in %&latex again,) only if you've 
created new pspictures or the like.  Happy texing,


NB: Be sure to load microtype before the ps-stuff.

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