[OS X TeX] a problem with pdftricks

Herb Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Apr 6 10:32:16 EDT 2005

On 4/4/05 7:40 PM, "Herb Schulz" <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:

> Howdy,
> I'm sorry I couldn't reply earlier but I was off the net for the last week;
> the hinge holding the lcd onto the body of my old Powerbook actually snapped
> and the system was into Apple for repair.
> If I compile the following file it all seems to work fine for me:
> %&pdflatex
> \documentclass[10pt]{article}
> \usepackage{pdftricks}
> \begin{psinputs}
>   \usepackage{pstricks-add}
>   \usepackage{pstricks}
>   \usepackage{rotating}
>   \usepackage{pst-plot}
>   \usepackage{pst-text,pst-node,pst-tree}
> \end{psinputs}
> \begin{document}
> \begin{pdfpic}
> \begin{pspicture}(0,0)(3.5,2.5)
> \psline(2,1)(3,2)
> \end{pspicture}
> \end{pdfpic}
> \end{document}
> Your original file with the \ifpdf stuff worked fine for me under pdflatex
> but not under patex+ghostcript because there was no
> \begin{psinputs}...\end{psinputs} but there still was the
> \usepackage{pdftricks} and \begin{pdfpic}...\end{pdfpic} environment
> surrounding the pspicture.
> You've got to be a bit fancier if you want it to work in both situations:
> put the \usepackage{pdftricks} inside the \ifpdf and in the \else clause
> you've got the define the pdfpic environment as an empty environment.
> ...

Ok, here's a version of the file that works with both latex+ghostscript
processing (via pstricks alone) or pdflatex (via pdftricks + pstricks):







Please note that the pdfpic environment defined in the pdftricks package
puts the graphic (generated by making the file example-fig1.tex, etc.) in a
centered box so that is what the defined environment does when using
pstricks alone. I think the two methods then generate identical results.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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