[texhax] [IC/Admin] Putting image *data* inside a TeX/LaTeX file?

Steve Schwartz s.schwartz at imperial.ac.uk
Tue Apr 7 19:00:30 CEST 2009

As another random idea, perhaps there's a way to embed a metapost image
within a latex file. I don't use metapost, but I know that it is used
mainly to generate separate .mbs files that get included with
includegraphics, but perhaps there is a trick to use them in the same
way inside a special. The potential advantage is that .mbs files are
"purified" eps that can be understood by pdflatex as well as dvips. [I
don't know if it is possible to use \special at all in pdflatex,

I mention this because the flowchart software Dia, freely available,
multi-platform ..., will import a bitmap image and export it as an mbs.
The one example I tried it looks like it simply has a draw command for
each pixel in the bitmap.

This will require a metapost guru and pdflatex guru, but I thought it
sufficiently off-the-wall that it might point to something useable.


On Tue, 2009-04-07 at 16:59 +0100, Sam Albers wrote:
> This is just an idea and maybe I have misunderstood your request but I
> know you can use Inkscape to export an .EPS file using the PS tricks
> macros.
> So instead of having to send both files, you can send one .tex file
> with the Inkscape output...
> Just an idea.
> On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 2:44 PM, Jorge Stolfi <stolfi at ic.unicamp.br>
> wrote:
>         Hello,
>         I need to create a LaTeX style for technical report covers.
>         The cover
>         is to show the institution's logo, which exists only in bitmap
>         form.
>         Normally I would provide the user with two files, the
>         "report.sty" and
>         a "logo.eps" file. However, life would be simpler for users if
>         they
>         had only one file to download.
>         So, is there a way to include the image pixel data (or the
>         contents of
>         the "logo.eps" file) in the "report.sty" file itself? Say,
>         within a
>         largish "\special" command?
>         Thanks, and all the best,
>         --stolfi
>         Jorge Stolfi
>         Institute of Computing
>         State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
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