[OS X TeX] TexShop with Psfrag - Need Help

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Wed Jun 18 19:59:38 EDT 2008

You might try Mathpsfrag, available from



On Jun 18, 2008, at 3:44 PM, Catherine Taff wrote:

> I am new to LaTeX, using TexShop and trying to get psfrag to work,  
> but am having no luck so far.
> Psfrag seems to work fine in using LaPrint with Matlab. What I want  
> to do now is have it work with tags I put on images not created in  
> Matlab, for example something I drew using Photoshop. I first tried  
> using Photoshop 7 on my Mac to create the .eps and psfrag didn't  
> work with it (no errors, just didn't work). I thought maybe  
> Photoshop wasn't doing it right, since EPS wasn't an optional file  
> format for saving, but "Photoshop EPS" was (are they different?).
> I tried using Mathematica 6, putting a tag on a graph created in  
> Mathematica by using the draw capability and entering text, but that  
> didn't work either. I'm not getting any error messages again, it's  
> just not doing the replacement. I read through the documentation on  
> psfrag and it said you can examine your ESP document as an ASCII and  
> see how the tag is shown in there in order to make sure you're  
> calling it right with psfrag. It said there would be
> (thetag) show
> somewhere in the ASCII version. I didn't find "show" anywhere in my  
> Photoshop EPS and didn't find it in reference to the tag I added in  
> my Mathematica-created EPS - though in the Mathematica one I found  
> my tag referenced like this (the tag is "Rf"):
> %      "]]}}, InsetBox[Cell["Rf"], {4.649821375409347, \
> %4271.379822432118}, {-1., 0.}]},
> It seems since it's not in there like:
> (thetag} show
> that it won't work with psfrag? Is that correct? Has anyone had  
> success with Mathematica-added tags and psfrag? What program should  
> I be using to add my tags in order to get psfrag to work? Are any of  
> the problems I'm having related to the fact that I'm using TexShop?  
> Sorry for all the questions, I'm still very new to all this.
> -Catherine
> PS. I feel like TexShop is too good to be true - it seems to have  
> all the functions in the one program when other ways of having LaTeX  
> on a Mac involve many many programs. Are there limitations to  
> TexShop that I'll run into in the future if I keep using it? Are  
> there better ways of using LaTeX on a Mac?
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