I thought that PSTricks package was not possible to use in pdfLaTeX but the user Dima claims otherwise.
How can I force pdfLaTeX to use PSTricks then?
The easiest way is running
If you have an up-to-date TeX distribution use
and then run your document with
For more information see PSTricks web page
For Windows you have to install a Perl version, if you want to use the full power of the auto-pst-pdf package. However, if you do not want or cannot install Perl then use
There is also a Perl script pst2pdf which can create the document with pdflatex and also the PSTricks images as
While I was not aware of the solution provided by Herbert, let me also introduce another solution.
You can easily use pstricks with pdflatex following this procedure:
Now, when processing your files to generate the final pdf file go through these steps (in the following it is assumed that main.tex is your main tex file):
Fortunately, all these steps can be automated in a makefile (I wish there would be a way to attach a file to these answers but I have found none in the advanced help, sorry about that):
If you copy and paste this makefile to one of yours make sure to put the tabs at the right locations.
An advantage of this approach is that it works smoothly, just typing make after editing your LaTeX files will make all the hard work for you with no other intermediate steps for you to take care of. If you have to process bib references then type:
Just another way: