# pdftricks

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I finally have TeX on my computer! This has made my academic life so much easier! :-)

Anyways, it would be even more awesome if someone knew of a good reference for how to use the package pdftricks, as most of my students can only view TeX documents on the web that are pdf's, and I would like to post TeX documents with graphics. An online reference for pdftricks would be preferable, but not absolutely necessary. (It would be really nice if pdftricks is anything similar to pstricks.)

Warren

### Re: pdftricks

For my thesis I used all sort of esoteric pstrick packages. Let's be honest, pstricks has much more capabilities than pdftricks. After I finish compiling thesis.tex I got my thesis.dvi file, id' run dvips to get thesis.ps, finally (to send other people) I could either run
* dvipdfm thesis.dvi to generate a pdf file
or
* ps2pdf thesis.ps to generate a pdf file
I found out the second method yields better results
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### Re: pdftricks

> You mean you can't generate a Tex document with pstricks and then convert it to PDF?

I just found out that I can do this. I would not have known that I could do this if someone had not specifically told me how.

### Re: pdftricks

> Let's be honest, pstricks has much more capabilities than pdftricks.

I know virtually nothing about pdftricks, so could you please elaborate on this?

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I retract myself, as I hadn't looked at recent versions. It seems however, that pdftricks works the same way as I pointed , just behind the scenes (you still generate postscript which is then translated into pdf)
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### Re: pdftricks

You mean you can't generate a Tex document with pstricks and then convert it to PDF? If I ever want to include eps or ps graphics in my documents, I first LaTeX them, then run LaTeX2PS, and then PS2PDF, and it comes out well.

### Re: pdftricks

I use TeXShop on my Mac (OS10.5.2) and it automatically generates a PDF file each time I typeset the document, graphics included.