[OS X TeX] pstricks in pdftex and xetex

Jan Eden lists at janeden.org
Wed Oct 13 04:07:59 EDT 2004

Bruno Voisin wrote on 12.10.2004:

>Le 12 oct. 04, à 17:25, Jonathan Kew a écrit :
>>On 12 Oct 2004, at 1:12 pm, Ross Moore wrote:
>>>It should indeed be possible to use {ps4pdf}, but perhaps not yet
>>>"out-of-the-box". When Jonathan fixes the reported \write18
>>>problem, this should be tested again, and a full workable solution
>>>devised, if necessary.
>>\write18 should be fixed now, in XeTeX 0.88 (released today); so if
>>anyone with a good understanding of these packages wants to
>>investigate how to configure them for XeTeX, there's at least a
>>chance of making things work.
>Regarding the pgf package (where pgf stands, ironically enough, for
>"Portable Graphics Format"), I have been having a quick look at
>pgf.sty. Sure enough, it can't work with XeTeX.

>Not that the graphical concepts and language defined by pgf.sty
>aren't great, though. It looks quite powerful. But it would require
>programming skills in PS and PDF far beyond mine for adapting it to
>XeTeX. (Ross?)

That's what I had feared. It is certainly bad news to hear that two of the most advanced drawing packages (pstricks and pgf) are not really portable in terms of the typesetting procedure.

- Jan
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