[XeTeX] XeTeXpicfile unable to load PDF

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Tue Jul 22 01:37:57 CEST 2008

On 21 Jul 2008, at 9:28 AM, Ulrike Fischer wrote:

> Am Mon, 21 Jul 2008 07:27:47 +0100 schrieb Jonathan Kew:
>>> here is a minimal beamer document which does not want to compile:
>>> \documentclass[dvipdfm,hyperref=xetex]{beamer}
>>> \begin{document}
>>> \begin{frame}{ng vs. na subject ratio}
>>> 	\XeTeXpicfile "ngna.pdf" width 0.9\textwidth
>>> \end{frame}
>>> \end{document}
>>> (Find attached the ngna.pdf)
>>> What did I do wrong? xelatex reports "! Unable to load picture or  
>>> PDF
>>> file 'ngna.pdf'."
>> It works for me. What OS, what TeX distro, what xetex version?
> It doesn't work for me. I get the same error. And after a look in
> xetex.def I don't understand why it works for you ;-): The correct
> command for pdf-graphics seems to be \XeTeXpdffile and not  
> \XeTeXpicfile

You're right; sorry, I wasn't paying close enough attention! However,  
it really did work for me (using \XeTeXpicfile), but that was because  
I ran it on a Mac, where \XeTeXpicfile works through QuickTime and  
accepts many more graphic formats, including PDF.

\includegraphics uses the appropriate command depending on the file  
type, so that's another reason to prefer it, besides being more  
compatible with other TeX engines.


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