# psfrag equivalent for pdflatex

I am currently updating my workflow from the old `tex2ps2dvi` workflow (needs a lot of time and `matplotlib` and other stuff etc. hasn't a EPS output (only PDF, SVG, PS, PNG, etc...).

I am trying to adopt the font in my picture to the rest of my document. Normally I use:

``````\psfrag{old text in old font}[l][l]{new text in new font}
\psfrag{old text in old font}[90][l][l]{90 deg rot new text in new font}
``````

But I always have to save it as pdf and then open it with Illustrator and modify it and save it as EPS then include it...

Is there a native implementation of `psfrag` in LaTeX, which can handle the text-replacement with `pdflatex`?

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Related, or possibly a duplicate: Why is there no `pdffrag` package? –  Werner Jul 24 '12 at 7:00
mhh, simply not possible? well that's bad news! Are there any plans to implement it to pdf?? A kind of a pdffrag thing? –  user1536844 Jul 24 '12 at 7:14
@user1536844 No, because as you say this is not possible: it's not a question of implementing 'something'. –  Joseph Wright Jul 24 '12 at 7:50
I think more explicit than the other linked question is the discussion of psfrag in the answer here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/60778/… –  David Carlisle Jul 24 '12 at 12:34
ok, thank you guys, you made the psfrag thing a lot clearer to understand. I think i will try this approach tex.stackexchange.com/a/64483/16894. Thank you. –  user1536844 Jul 24 '12 at 17:52

No `pdffrag` as you learned. I suggest the following "solution":

1. Create a minimal tex document which uses `psfrag` to insert the appropiate labels and fonts, and use it to include all your `eps` figures. Use also `preview` package which will produce a document with a single figure per page, and with a page size fitted to the figure size.
2. Compile that document with your habitual chain `latex`->`dvips`
3. Convert the resulting PostScript file to `pdf`. Let say that the result is the file `myfigures.pdf`
4. In your main document, include each figure at the appropriate point with `\includegraphics[page=n]{myfigures.pdf}`, being `n` 1, 2, 3... for each figure.

Alternatively, and I'm not joking, you may consider using TikZ to redo all your figures, specially if they are few and simple.

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This is basically what the pst-pdf, auto-pst-pdf, and pstool packages all do internally `:)`. You're right; there is no other alternative. –  Will Robertson Jul 24 '12 at 7:43

Maybe fragmaster may help ? It is an automated Perl script doing the same. See the home page of the project for a detailed procedure of how to use the Perl script in order to automate the procedure explained in the starred answer of this post.

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Welcome to TeX.SX! A full example would be of more use here, in my point of view. Just elaborate a little bit on your answer, please –  Christian Hupfer Oct 31 '14 at 9:35