[texworks] dvi -> dvips -> ps2pdf

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Thu Jul 14 17:09:27 CEST 2011


On 2011-07-14 01:05, Shailesh Ashok Shirali wrote:
> A typesetting option I frequently use is: dvi -> dvips -> ps2pdf. (I
> need it as I use pstricks.) However this option does not appear on the
> list of options in TeXWorks. (It does get created in TexnicCenter, for
> example.) Can it be made part of the default options in TeXWorks in a
> future release?

In the past, this workflow has been deemed to be too advanced for the
average/new user. For one thing, it involves two file formats (dvi & ps)
that many people have never heard of before and usually don't care to
learn about. And for another, it is a complex, multi-stage typesetting
process that usually requires platform-specific code and/or scripts. In
fact, I have never heard of any reason to use this anymore except when
using pstricks (which, as I understand, has been largely superseded by
tikz/pgf?), or to include certain graphics files (which can easily be
converted, some even on-the-fly).
This doesn't mean that I want to persuade anyone not to use this
perfectly valid workflow, just adding it as a default seems
counter-productive for many people (see also the recent discussion on

> Alternatively: How do I create it? I would be grateful for suggestions.
> I have seen some references in the Archive on how to write a script to
> do this but find the suggestions difficult to act upon.

Have a look at
http://code.google.com/p/texworks/wiki/AdvancedTypesettingTools which
contains many setups for several advanced workflows and non-pdf output


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