[OS X TeX] pstricks in pdftex and xetex

Jan Eden lists at janeden.org
Tue Oct 12 05:37:25 EDT 2004

Michael Gedalin wrote on 12.10.2004:

>I know two packages aimed to substitute/extend pstricks for using in
>non-postscript tex. One is pgf which defines its own commands
>instead of pstricks for produce directly pdf output. The other is
>pdftricks which is a kind of wrapper for pstricks, It uses \write18
>(or --shell-escape). Both are working with pdfelatex for my, neither
>is working with xetex. While I do not get any error/warning I could
>understand from pgf, running pdftricks results in "no \write18
>capability", although I enable 'xetex --shell-escape' via the
>TeXShop preferences.

That is what I experienced - I am using the beamer class which uses pgf for its various display tricks.

Among other things, including a pdf image is not possible with xetex and the beamer class: \usepackage[xetex]{graphicx} gives me an option clash.

I already tested several workarounds for using pstricks with pdf(la)tex (like ps4pdf), and I wanted to switch to pgf finally. But now, since xetex has problems with pgf, I am stuck again.

- Jan
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