[texworks] graphics problem

Daniel Becker daniel.becker at uni-rostock.de
Wed Feb 24 13:58:54 CET 2010

Am 24.02.2010 um 13:43 schrieb Benny Lautrup:

> Hi Bruno,
> I have now tried to output eps-files from Mathematica, and convert  
> them on
> the fly with epstopdf. The problem persists with TeXworks, and not  
> all files
> are embedded in the pdf-file.

If you were using


then, in the background, a script called epstopdf was used for the  
conversion. Bruno and me are talking about epspdf (note the missing  
"to" in that name).

If you want to use epspdf for the conversion and want on-the-fly  
conversion, there is a package epspdfconversion of which I am the  
author. But a prerequisite is that you can use epspdf from the command  
line. And for this you need to have .... Read http://tex.aanhet.net/epspdf/#prerequisites
Not having ghostscript installed is a problem....

If you send me (offlist) a small tex file and one of your eps-files, I  
can compile that, including conversion with epspdf (not epstopdf) and  
you can then check whether this helps.


> I do not have Ghostscript installed, so perhaps that is the problem?
> --Benny
> -----Original Message-----
> From: texworks-bounces at tug.org [mailto:texworks-bounces at tug.org] On  
> Behalf
> Of Bruno Voisin
> Sent: 24. februar 2010 13:18
> To: Discuss the TeXworks front end.
> Subject: Re: [texworks] graphics problem
> Le 24 févr. 2010 à 13:05, Benny Lautrup a écrit :
>> If I understand you right, I should ask Mathematica to produce eps- 
>> figures
>> and convert them on the fly using the epstopdf package?
> I think that would work, yes. epspdf or epstopdf would use the Times  
> etc
> clones included in Ghostscript as substitutes for the missing  
> original Times
> etc, and embed them when creating the PDF files.
> You can try with the PDF files attached to my last message, see if the
> TeXworks problem persists with test-math-pdf.pdf and is cured by
> test-math-epstopdf or test-math-epspdf.pdf. For example you can save  
> the
> attachments to disk, create alongside them a test file
> \documentclass{article}
> \usepackage{graphicx}
> \begin{document}
> \pagestyle{empty}
> \centering
> \includegraphics[scale=.9]{test-math-pdf} \\
> \includegraphics[scale=.9]{test-math-epspdf} \\
> \includegraphics[scale=.9]{test-math-epstopdf}
> \end{document}
> and see whether the problem shows up for the first graphics on  
> recompilation
> and whether the other two graphics solve this problem.
> Hope this works,
> Bruno
> PS As soon as there's transparency, though, the above wouldn't work  
> since
> the EPS format doesn't support transparency (or in any case  
> Mathematica's
> EPS output doesn't).
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