[texworks] dvi -> dvips -> ps2pdf

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Jul 14 23:31:18 CEST 2011

On Jul 14, 2011, at 10:09 AM, Stefan Löffler wrote:

> Hi,
> 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 using pstricks (which, as I understand, has been largely superseded by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
> LuaTeX).


Umm... In the past this was the ONLY way to generate a pdf document and you always had to ceate the intermediate dvi file. It was only much later that direct production of pdf documents via pdftex was introduced.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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