[texworks] dvi -> dvips -> ps2pdf
Paul A Norman
paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 00:40:13 CEST 2011
On balance ...
Once a person is starting to grow in confidence with Tw and *TeX in
general, it really is just the "next steps" to learn what specific
things you need to do to get specific or needed results, no more
complicated than your grandmother competently following a complex
recipe and making a fantastic result.
Or do we just want to be a "Mac Donalds" (TM) give me instant
hamburger (results) for no effort at all culture?
I know I want to always be growing away from that mentality! And
learning how to make and enjoy consuming gourmet hamburgers!
If we can coax Tw into helping people put there effort into useful
techniques, starting with 'lowering the entry level' while helping us
all transition to even better results - with better automation and
tools sets, - way to go!
On 15 July 2011 09:43, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
> On Jul 14, 2011, at 3:08 PM, sigmundv at gmail.com wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 20:14, Charlie Sharpsteen <chuck at sharpsteen.net>wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 9:17 AM, sigmundv at gmail.com <sigmundv at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>> I would just like to point out that one doesn't have to understand neither
>>>> dvi nor ps to run the commands "latex" and "dvips".
>>> Well, you do have to be careful here---not understanding dvi and ps leads
>>> many newcomers to questions like "Why doesn't my PNG file show up in the
>>> final PDF!?!?! HELP!!!".
>> You have a point there. On the other hand, any newcomer to LaTeX would
>> (definitely should!) have heard the magic sentences "the ONLY image format
>> that can be used with LaTeX is eps" and "IF you want to use other image
>> formats such as jpeg or png you must compile the document using PDFLaTeX".
>> These simple rules can easily be followed without understanding either ps or
> I think the real answer to the problem of completely typesetting a document (multiple passes of (pdf/xe)latex, bibtex[or biber --- automatically] and makeindex in between [and a final run through dvips and ps2pdf when using latex]) is to use something like latexmk which comes as part of recent distributions of TeX Live and, I believe, MikTeX. Unless you are using some more ``exotic'' packages (like glossaries) which need special processing via makeindex simply building a tool that ``effectively'' does
> latexmk -pdfps foo.tex
> will completely typeset foo.tex into foo.pdf resolving all cross references, bibligraphies and indexes.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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