[OS X TeX] LaTeX Books

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Fri Jun 24 17:38:23 CEST 2005

Luis Sequeira wrote:

>> Paulo Ferreira wrote:
>>> BUT, there is a box called "The LaTeX Companions, Revised Set" that has
>>> both books plus "The LaTeX Graphics Companion" and "The Latex Web
>>> Companion",
>>> in a total of four LaTeX books.
>> I have "both books" and I do all my graphics in Intaglio, save them as
>> pdf and "include" them. Am I missing something and should I buy "The
>> LaTeX Graphics Companion"?
>> Thanks and regards
>> --schremmer
> There is no problem with your workflow. However, some people do prefer 
> to deal with some, or most, graphics from within LaTeX, using tools 
> like pstricks, xy-pic, metapost. I write lots of graphics for my 
> teaching work and use pstricks and related packages for precise 
> mathematical drawing (and perfect integration with LaTeX - think fonts 
> in graphics labels, for instance). 

Yes, I noticed I had to fudge a bit here even to accomodate my very 
modest typographical standards. Also, it is not always easy to maintain 
consistency over time in dozens of Intaglio files. I can see that, 
"within" LaTeX, I would be able to find-replace parts of the code.

> I wouldn't trade that for anything else. I own a copy "The LaTeX 
> Graphics Companion", which has a whole chapter on pstricks, but I rely 
> mostly on the pstricks manual, which, as a matter of fact, is included 
> in Gerben's distribution, so is there already on my (and on your) mac.

Thanks. I will look up the manual—if I can find it.

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