# [OS X TeX] figures in plain TeX

juan tolosa juantolo at me.com
Thu Jul 14 06:07:44 CEST 2016

Thank you Ross!

I’ll definitely try the amsmath package, as I begin my (inevitable!) transition to LaTeX.

Juan

> On Jul 13, 2016, at 10:18 PM, Ross Moore <ross.moore at mq.edu.au> wrote:
>
> Hi Juan,
>
>> On Jul 14, 2016, at 11:56 AM, juan tolosa <juantolo at me.com <mailto:juantolo at me.com>> wrote:
>
>
>> Even more basic things, like matrix commands (\pmatrix{…} and the like) are not recognized by LaTeX,
>
> The LaTeX answer is:   \usepackage{amsmath}
>
> Then  use  \begin{matrix} … \end{pmatrix} .
> Doing the editing to get this from  \pmatrix{….}  is not that hard.
>
> I have to do it all the time, with assignment questions and solutions from my teaching colleagues,
> who are at a similar level to what you described concerning yourself.
>
>> and are not easily translatable. So, I am still struggling with plain TeX.
>
> AMSTeX used to be very popular with my math colleagues, but the  amsmath  package *is*
> the adaptation of that to LaTeX.
> So all those Plain TeX and AMSTeX extensions and macros should have an equivalent.
> Frequently the LaTeX commands actually produce better, improved layouts than what AMSTeX did.
>
>
>>
>> Best,
>>              Juan
>
>
>
>
> BTW. If you are having trouble finding  pdftex.def  get it this way:
>
> SCI:~ ross\$ kpsewhich pdftex.def
> /usr/local/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/pdftex-def/pdftex.def
>
> Also, David Carlisle email’d me saying that the latest version of it, updated since you last did,
> should no longer give this problem. That line ...
>
>>> … is not in the current version in the sources
>>>
>>> https://github.com/latex3/graphics-def/blob/master/pdftex.def <https://github.com/latex3/graphics-def/blob/master/pdftex.def>
>>>
>>> and the test file works for me.
>>>
>>> That release was pushed to ctan  a couple of days ago, so should be getting to texlive update
>>> any day now, or you can get the file from the above link.
>>>
>>> David
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> Ross
>
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