[OS X TeX] Including pdf and ps graphics in the same document.

Daniel Becker daniel.becker at uni-rostock.de
Tue Mar 24 23:37:33 CET 2009

Hallo -

a very basic thing to know is that pdflatex (tex -> pdf) accepts PDF,  
PNG, JPEG and GIF as graphic formats, latex (tex -> dvi (-> ps) ->  
pdf) accepts only eps. Let's call them PDF-mode and DVI-mode...

So you have to decide whether you want to typeset in pdflatex or in  
latex mode. (I prefer PDF-mode.)

>>> I have an exam that I'm putting together and would like to use some
>>> graphics
>>> that are in pdf and also some graphics created with PSTricks.
> The pdf graphics (created in Mathematica or Adobe Illustrator, and  
> then run
> through Apple's Preview to save as a pdf (I like the results better  
> than
> using either programs/ built in pdf)) are included in the document  
> with
> \includegraphics[scale=1]{file.pdf}

So you have the graphics in eps? And then a conversion "by hand" with  
preview.app? You could

1) use the eps-files directly, but then you need to typeset in DVI- 
mode. Ross Moore's suggestion to use
\includegraphics[scale=1]{file} without extension means that file.eps  
is used if typeseting is done in DVI-mode and file.pdf in PDF-mode.

2) even in pdf-mode, you can use the .eps-files directly. The packages  
epstopdf and epspdfconversion both make sure that  
\includegraphics[scale=1]{file.eps} works also in PDF-mode. In the  
background, a conversion script is called, if you have a file file.eps  
it gets converted into file.pdf. There are several advantages compared  
with you approach of using preview.app, but read the documentation ....

Both packages need the --shell-escape option. In my texmaker copy, the  
pdflatex-command is defined as
"/usr/texbin/pdflatex"  --shell-escape -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

> The PSTricks pictures are in a \begin{pspicture} . . . \end{pspicture}
> environment.

Below you can find an example that works for me when typesetting in  
PDF-mode in a situation like yours.

You will see that I include every graphic file with its eps/pdf/png/...

% To be typeset with pdflatex not latex, no DVI-mode
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} %encoding


%for the conversion eps -> pdf



%inclusion of an eps-file, it gets converted to pdf in the background:






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