[OS X TeX] Can I Make Pdftricks Even Faster?

Herb Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Feb 4 21:19:08 CET 2005

On 2/4/05 2:04 PM, "Michael Hoppe" <mh at michael-hoppe.de> wrote:

>>  Howdy,
> As well,
> the most painless way to use pstricks with all the fortunes of
> pstricks is still ps4pfd, IMHO.  I've tried pdftricks with
> (alt)pdflatex, but the easiest way still remains ps4pdf.
> Michael


Well, I tried to use ps4pdf (the .sty file and demo file are part of gwTeX)
but can't seem to get the demo file to compile. From the things I've seen on
the WEB it looks like I've got to do a bunch of configuration changes to the
Perl script and a Shell script. I'm in murky water as far as pstricks is
concerned so this just adds to my confusion.

Doesn't ps4pdf do a similar thing as pdftricks? I.e., save the pstricks code
to a .tex file (with headers to load the proper pstricks packages) and
process that file? At first glance the only real difference seems to be that
it checks to see if the generated .tex file has been processed and doesn't
do that again; with pdftricks you've got to explicitly issue a
\NoProcess{...} command once you've got what you want. What else does ps4pdf
offer? Please, like I said, I'm a rank beginner at using pstricks or any
PostScript commands; when it comes to graphics I'm too visual and use Create
and LateX Equation Editor to generate .pdf's to include in my documents.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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