[texhax] latex vs. pdflatex
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Thu Oct 16 09:35:07 CEST 2003
I recently posted a similar question on a different TeX-related mailing list because I never recognized pdftex's advantages. This is what they told me:
pdf(la)tex is basically faster and "the future". It allows to embed jpeg images and the hyperref package has less problems with pdflatex.
(la)tex + dvips + ps2df is slower (trivially), but it is needed for certain PostScript-related packages, such as pstricks. This is why I always use (la)tex. Moreover, it is necessary if you want to embed eps graphics.
There are some workarounds to use pstricks with pdflatex, but I found all of them to be relatively complicated. On my system (PowerBook G4), I never had problems with latex.
Erik T. Ray wrote:
>As a sys admin I have to maintain a latex environment for researchers.
>The problem is, my users are using both latex and pdflatex, and I want
>to standardize on just one. In my experience, there are subtle
>differences and it is difficult to use the same .sty files for both
>environments. Does anybody have advice on which one I should pick, or
>if there is a good reason to provide both? If the world is moving
>toward one of them, I would like to be in the majority.
>Initially I sent this question to pdftex, but then I realized that the
>answer to my question would likely be biased. ;-)
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