[pstricks] Fwd: New on CTAN: pdftricks2

Herbert Voss Herbert.Voss at FU-Berlin.DE
Sat Nov 17 14:02:49 CET 2012

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Betreff: New on CTAN: pdftricks2
Datum: Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:14:36 +0100 (CET)
Von: CTAN Announcements <ctan-ann at dante.de>
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An: ctan-ann at dante.de

Christian Reibiger submitted the



Summary description: A LaTeX package to use PSTricks code with PDF output.
License type: gpl

Announcement text:

This package provides automatization facilities to use the pstricks 
package with
pdflatex. It is intended to be of easy use and interoperability with 
latex and
pdflatex, namely both show the same result.

The pdftricks2 package circumvents the problem that pdflatex can not handle
ps-code by writing an extra latex file that contains only the figure. 
This files
are converted to dvi to ps and then to pdf. Finally the resulting 
are included in the text as a graphic. This process can be handled 
by the package but it needs to have the possibility to execute system 
(start pdflatex with option--enable-write18 or -shell-escape). If you do 
want to grant this rights you still can use the package but you have to 
a shell script the package writes yourself to produce the pdf-pictures. 
In this
case you have to run pdftex again to include the pictures in your document.

The package tries to show the same results when used with latex as for 
However there are some side effects of using this package as described 
in the

Although this package is inspired by the pdftricks package, it is coded 
scratch. The pdftricks package has some flaws that are circumvented by
pdftricks2. For example you have to gather all configurations you need 
for your
pictures in one place. Furthermore it is not possible to share 
code between your figures and the main text. Also the pdftricks package 
does not
use the provided limits of the figure you produce but rather assumes it 
fits on
a standard page and cuts everything away that does not look like being


This package is located at
.  More information is at
(if the package is new it may take a day for that information to
appear).  We are supported by the TeX Users Group http://www.tug.org .
Please join a users group; see http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html .


Thanks for the upload.

For the CTAN Team
   Rainer Schöpf

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