[OS X TeX] pictures in plain TeX

Ross Moore ross.moore at mq.edu.au
Thu May 10 06:22:59 CEST 2012

Hello Juan,

On 10/05/2012, at 2:16 PM, juan tolosa wrote:

> I have just installed MacTeX, and it is wonderful. I have a question about pictures. How do you insert a figure in Plain TeX
> using MacTeX? Previously I used TeXtures in my old mac, and the command looked like
> \special{picture figure27 scaled 400}
> I also tried PCTeX in a PC, and the command was something like
> \special{bmp: figure27.jpf  y=2in}
> What is your advice for inserting pictures in Plain Tex, using MacTex?

\input miniltx.tex

then you can


just as you would using LaTeX instead of Plain.
Then you have all of the syntax for  \includegraphics .

Not every LaTeX package works seamlessly this way, but 
many of the "base" LaTeX packages have been programmed
to do so, not being dependent on other LaTeX structures.

> Thanks,
>                    Juan Jose

Hope this helps,


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