# [OS X TeX] Adding text, etc. to figures... why don't we just do it like this...

Ralph Martin Ralph.Martin at cs.cardiff.ac.uk
Mon Feb 23 05:19:24 EST 2009

On 21 Feb 2009, at 1:57:12PM, Joseph C. Slater PE, PhD wrote:

> I used to be a big fan of psfrag before pdtex. pdftricks, etc.,
> isn't quite as convenient (I might have the names wrong). I had to
> get something done quickly the other day and put $k_1$ on a figure,
> and simply did the following.
>
> \includegraphics[]{fig.jpg}\hspace*{-2.4in}\raisebox{1.2in}{$k_1$}
>
> Am I missing something, or why are some of the other tools
> necessary? Is this just not robust enough? Granted, it took a few
> compiles to get the positioning right.

This is a very bad idea if you are writing papers for journals or
conferences.. If the publisher needs or wants to adjust the size of
your figure for some reason, it will break. This will give the
publisher a major headache., as I know from personal experience of
dealing with papers containing such "clever" tricks.

Best wishes

Ralph
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