[OS X TeX] LaTeX Books

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Sun Jun 26 20:01:38 CEST 2005

On 24 Jun 2005, at 17:29, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> I did and I think that you are right but perhaps not for the reason  
> you might have thought of. /My/ reason is that XYPIC, PSTricks, and  
> METAPOST put the fear of the gods into me.

Well, they don't bite ;) It strongly depends on the type of graphics  
you need: I need mostly graphs, with axis labels, and the capability  
of using TeX to produce those labels is indispensable for me, and for  
me the main reason to use metapost. Since it is a companion program  
to TeX, the program has some features that you're already familiar  
with. (though the two languages are radically different).

> Maybe, one day I will though. But, if you would, could you point me  
> toward an explanation of the pro and con of doing graphics "within"  
> LaTeX.

Pro: any labels that appear within your figure will match the main  
body text.
Con: not wysiwyg (may be a pro, though for figures I'm not so sure  
there are many who will argue in favour).

> The only drawback I can see to doing graphic "without" and using  
> "include" as I am doing is having figures in dozens of separate pdf  
> files which might complicate downloads.

Although I still have all figures in separate files. It is a matter  
of organisation in the file-system (and don't let anyone tell you you  
don't need that with SpotLight).

> On the other hand, if there were a converter from one of   
> Intaglio's output formats to LaTeX, /that/ would be /very/ nice to  
> use at the end.

If you're happy with exporting Intaglio to pdf, by all means go for it.
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