I have been trying to get pdfLaTeX, Beamer, and PSTricks to be friendly. The following code compiles without hiccup, and a pics.pdf file containing my diagram is created, but the output presentation is completely blank.


Thanks in advance for your help.

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    use \usepackage{pstricks,auto-pst-pdf} instead of \usepackage[pdf]{pstricks}. See @Herbert's Answer to Using pdf{pstricks} with beamer doesn't work, but auto-pst-pdf does, why?. Note: With PSTricks latex-dvips-ps2pdf is bulletproof compilation, next is xelatex engine and last priority is pdflatex – texenthusiast Oct 20 '13 at 1:50
  • Yes, actually I just flagged it as a duplicate myself! I wish I had seen the other answer (I did a lot of searching), but I could not get the right keywords. – nimble agar Oct 20 '13 at 2:00
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    @Herbert It does not work on TeXLive 2013 latest update today and I get a blank beamer slide without a line like the Arman got – texenthusiast Oct 20 '13 at 15:26
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    @texenthusiast: It needs the pstricks.sty from texnik.dante.de/tex/latex/pstricks. Should be available from CATN tomorrow, hopefully. – user2478 Oct 20 '13 at 16:03
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    Thanks to @Herbert for the fix for \usepackage[pdf]{pstricks} when using documentclass beamer in version 0.58 of PSTricks dated 2013-10-20 it works on TeXLive (not yet tested myself on MiKTeX). But Any MiKTeX users are welcome to report the result. – texenthusiast Oct 20 '13 at 16:38

I am sure that my answer will be down voted as non constructive but mixing pdfLaTeX, Beamer and PSTricks is a wrong thing to do. I am not saying that it can not be done I am saying it is wrong. Why?

Beamer is LaTeX presentation class based on TikZ/PGF library intended to be use with pdfLaTeX engine. PSTrick is a package which enables easy integration of PostScript language (page description language mostly used for graphics) with TeX engine via


process. While modern TeX distributions use pdfLaTeX engine the strong preference of PSTricks for above route remains. There is a LaTeX presentation class called Powerdot based on PSTricks.

Either pick up pdfLaTeX, Beamer, and TikZ/PGF or pick pdfLaTeX (tex->dvips->ps2pdf), Powerdot and PSTricks and stick with it (actually there are some other valid choices like MetaPost, Asymptote, PythonTeX but that is another story).

I use almost exclusively Powerdot+PSTricks due to the simple fact that I started using TeX long before TikZ/PGF and Beamer existed. This is not a holy war. TikZ/PGF community is probably bigger and much more active but I could assure you that both tools could do the job. I actually like to experiment with PythonTeX

  • I buy your argument. As it turns out, this was my first time drawing diagrams for a LaTeX document, and PSTricks came to mind before TikZ/PGF. Now I see that I will have to weigh this decision more carefully. I am reusing a diagram from a manuscript in my presentation, so PSTricks is necessary in this case, but in the future I may reconsider. I appreciate that you point this out; I had not considered even looking at TikZ/PGF until now. – nimble agar Oct 20 '13 at 4:52
  • @Arman Actually you are bringing an interesting point. In my field (mathematics) pictures if any are usually submitted as a separate PostScript files. From the action minimizing point of view it makes more sense to stick with PostScript based tools as I do but in my experience Beamer and TikZ/PGF have over 95% of the "market share". – Predrag Punosevac Oct 20 '13 at 4:58

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