[texworks] ConTeXt (pdfTeX) and PSTricks

Juan Leal juanmlealg at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 24 11:59:23 CET 2013

Thanks Vladimir, I solved all my three problems with your instructions.
By the way, in case somebody needs it, I solved the PSTricks issue via 
the following batch file:

@echo off
miktex-pdftex -synctex=1 -undump=latex %1 && dvips "%~dpn1.dvi" -o 
"%~dpn1.ps" && ps2pdf "%~dpn1.ps"

with the parameter



Juan Leal

El 20/01/2013 08:54 p.m., Vladimir Lomov escribió:
> Hello,
> ** Juan Leal [2013-01-20 16:37:30 -0430]:
>> Hi everybody out there.
> Welcome,
>> Sorry if I am out of topic; it is my first post to this list. As
>> you'll see, English is not my first language and I am not quite an
>> expert in TeX things.
>> I have installed MiKTeX 2.9 and I am trying to use TeXworks to
>> compile some .tex samples I received.
>> 1) One of them requires ConTeXt (pdfTeX), but a message says that
>> texexec.exe is not found. Does MiKTeX 2.9 include this engine? If
>> not, could you please tell me how to obtain and install it?
> The ConTeXt has two "formats": MarkII (mkii) which can use xetex and
> pdftex engines and MarkIV (mkiv) that uses luatex. I'm not sure about
> MiKTeX but TeX Live provides support for both.
>> 2) Another is wrote for LaTeX but has some plain TeX instructions in
>> the preamble and  neither pdfLaTeX, nor pdfTeX, read them. What TeX
>> engine should I use?
> You should not use plain TeX macros in LaTeX, use LaTeX one. This is
> merely a recommendation. Without real example no one can help you.
> As a thumb rule: if you document has `\documentclass' command it must be
> typeset with the help of `latex' engine (there are three of them:
> pdflatex, xelatex and lualatex). At first I recommend to use pdflatex or
> lualatex.
>> 3) Is it possible to compile PSTricks commands with pdfLaTeX? . What
>> TeX engine should I use?
> The simple answer: yes. The devil is in the details. At first look on
> this page:
> http://code.google.com/p/texworks/wiki/AdvancedTypesettingTools
> Also take a look on PSTricks page:
> http://tug.org/PSTricks/main.cgi/
> esp. "Frequently done errors ... "
> Long answer: PSTricks package uses PostScript commands (language
> actually) to draw a figure, so it assumes that the next processing tool
> understand PS. This is usually true for latex engine when it works in
> conjunction with dvips, so the usual workflow is following:
> tex -> dvi -> ps [ -> pdf ]
>    latex   dvips  [ ps2pdf ]
> So, if you only interested in to get in the end the pdf file then you
> can configure TeXWorks as scheme suggested.
> However, there is package `auto-pst-pdf' which (in theory, I didn't
> manage to work it on simple example) should make use PSTricks with
> pdflatex as simple as with latex.
>> Thanks.
>> Juan M. Leal G.
> ---
> WBR, Vladimir Lomov

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