[OS X TeX] First tries with PSTricks

Gary Church gary.church1 at comcast.net
Thu Jan 29 21:49:44 EST 2009


I've used PSTricks but have switched to using pgf/tikz (http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/ 
). It does what I want more easily than PSTricks and seems more  
intuitive to me. I think PSTricks may be more powerful in that it can  
do things that pgf/tikz can't but I don't usually need the power and  
prefer the relative simplicity.

Take care,

On Jan 29, 2009, at 10:15 AM, Scott, Randy wrote:

> Hi,
> Things between me and TeX have been pretty good of late. After a  
> year of concerted effort, I've gotten to the point where I can make  
> documents do what I want them to do, and I'v not used M$ Word for a  
> single document for the last 6 months! This is due in no small part  
> to the help of the users of this list.
> So I'm trying to learn PSTricks. I found a nice tutorial <http://sarovar.org/projects/pstricks/ 
> > through the TUG website, but I'm having a little trouble getting  
> started.
> I've included \usepackage{pstricks} in the preamble, and when I  
> check the log file, it shows
>   (/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-dist/tex/generic/pstricks/latex/ 
> pstricks.sty
>   Package: pstricks 2008/01/24 v0.37 LaTeX wrapper for  
> `PSTricks' (RN,HV)
>   (/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-dist/tex/generic/pstricks/ 
> pstricks.tex
>   `PSTricks' v1.26  <2008/07/31> (tvz)
>   \pst at dima=\dimen112
>   \pst at dimb=\dimen113
>   \pst at dimc=\dimen114
>   \pst at dimd=\dimen115
>   \pst at dimg=\dimen116
>   \pst at dimh=\dimen117
>   \pst at hbox=\box28
>   \pst at boxg=\box29
>   \pst at cnta=\count100
>   \pst at cntb=\count101
>   \pst at cntc=\count102
>   \pst at cntd=\count103
>   \pst at cntg=\count104
>   \pst at cnth=\count105
>   \pst at toks=\toks19
>   (/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-dist/tex/generic/pstricks/ 
> pstricks.con)
>   \psunit=\dimen118
>   \psxunit=\dimen119
>   \psyunit=\dimen120
>   \pslinewidth=\dimen121
>   \pst at customdefs=\toks20
>   \pslinearc=\dimen122
>   \everypsbox=\toks21
>   \psframesep=\dimen123
>   \pslabelsep=\dimen124
>   \pst at shift=\dimen125
>   \theoverlaybox=\box30
>   )
>   File: pstricks.tex 2008/07/31 v1.26 `PSTricks' (tvz)
> which I think means that pstricks is loaded properly. But when I  
> type even the simplest of commands, say \psline(1,1)(3,2) , I get an  
> error message : undefined control sequence
> This happens whether I include the command inside a pspicture  
> environment or not.
> Any help identifying what's going wrong would be appreciated.
> Randy Scott
> Santiago Canyon College
> Orange, Ca
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Gary Church
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