[OS X TeX] epic, dvi, and pdf

Alan Munn amunn at gmx.com
Sat Mar 20 19:41:54 CET 2010

On Mar 20, 2010, at 2:21 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Mar 20, 2010, at 12:21 PM, Wayne Richter wrote:
>> sorry if this has been discussed before.
>> here is a close to minimal example.
>> When I typeset the following:
>> \documentclass[12pt]{article}
>> \usepackage{amsmath}
>> \usepackage{amssymb,latexsym}
>> \usepackage{epic,eepic}
>> \begin{document}
>> \begin{picture}(100,100)
>> \put(0,10){\line(1,0){115}}
>> \put(0,10){\line(0,1){80}}
>> \put(0,90){\line(1,0){194}}
>> \put(114,10){\line(1,1){80}}
>> \end{picture}
>> \end{document}
>> using the TeX+DVI option it comes out fine (a nice trapezoid).
>> But when I tex it using the Pdftex option, the pdf file does not show
>> the last line (of slope 1).
>> Why? Or, more precisely, does this mean I should be using the TeX+DVI
>> option when I am doing this kind of graphics?
>> Thanks,
>> Wayne
> Howdy,
> Chances are that eepic uses eps commands to create the lines of  
> arbitrary slope which are not supported by pdflatex.
> This is similar to the problem of using pstricks under pdflatex: all  
> methods that allow you to include pstricks in pdflatex documents  
> (e.g., the pdftricks and pst-pdf packages), in fact, will create a  
> separate file (or files) and use latex, etc., to compile those files  
> into cropped pdf files which are then included into the original  
> document.

This is not the only solution, especially for stuff that only requires  
epic.  Try loading the pict2e package instead of eepic and epic.  I  
think for most things they will work the same way.  Your minimal file  
certainly does, although I don't know if there are other differences  
that might bite you, but it's worth a try.


Alan Munn
amunn at gmx.com

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