[texworks] dvi -> dvips -> ps2pdf

Shailesh Ashok Shirali shailesh_shirali at rediffmail.com
Fri Jul 15 05:03:27 CEST 2011


Thanks a lot to all who responded. I have now solved the problem using 
your responses and the instructions given here (for which I specially 
thank Stefan): 


I work on Windows XP, and the instructions worked for me. Iwan, I think 
your instruction works for some other OS, not Windows; there is no exe 
file called "simpdftex" in MikTeX.

Stefan, I would not quite go with your assessment that pstricks "has 
been largely superseded by tikz/pgf". I see pstricks and tikz/pgf as 
being fully comparable, both in a very active state of development and 
both excellent resources. But I thank you for your help.


On Jul 14, 2011, at 10:09 AM, Stefan L?ffler 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 
>> list of options in TeXWorks. (It does get created in TexnicCenter, 
>> example.) Can it be made part of the default options in TeXWorks in 
>> 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 & 
> 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 
> process that usually requires platform-specific code and/or scripts. 
> fact, I have never heard of any reason to use this anymore except 
> using pstricks (which, as I understand, has been largely superseded 
> 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).

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