# [OS X TeX] problem with pst-pdf

Franck Pastor pastor at fusl.ac.be
Mon Nov 14 18:51:06 CET 2005

Le 14-nov.-05 à 18:29, Herbert Schulz a écrit :

>
> On Nov 14, 2005, at 11:03 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:
>
>
>>
>> What is this example? The one you already sent?
>>
>> Could be it's due to using /usr/local/bin/ps4pdf. Can you try my
>> command with the symbolic link to create the engine? You need to
>> find out whether any of the two ps4pdf scripts fails.
>>
>> --
>> Mit friedvollen Grüßen
>>
>>   Pete
>>
>>
>
> Howdy,
>
> I think he's referring to the examples I gave that (try to) use
> pst-3dplot. The version that uses pdftricks gets the full axis with
> the x, y and z coordinates correct (maybe with some cropping of the
> letters because of the bounding box problem). The version that uses
> pst-pdf only gets the central part of the axis and doesn't show the
> axis names and arrows. finally if I comment out the pst-pdf package
> and just run it through latex+ghostscript I get the full plot but
> its size is set to partial plot so it overlaps the text above and
> below the plot. Is there a newer version of pstricks and associated
> extensions?
>
> Good Luck,
>
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest.com)
>
>

I think the problem is the one mentioned by Frank Stengel a couple of
messages before : pst-pdf uses the bounding-box indicated just after
"\begin{pspicture}" to put the picture with the right extent. Maybe
it would be useful to put the drawing instructions in a "\psframebox
{...}" to see if the dimensions of "pspicture" fits the picture, and
to "comment" \psframebox when the bounding box suits your needs. It's
a tip Herbert Voss indicated to me in comp.text.tex a few days ago.

By the way, after having tested pst-pdf on couple of pstricks
pictures (I must mention that I use another package most of the time,
mfpic), it seems that it works fine, but (New)pdftricks is more
useful to me : it's also reliable, it produces on-the-fly separate
pictures you can re-use later, independently, without bothering too