I have a figure only in pdf to include in a big tex file that doesn't compile with pdflatex. Is there a way to include a pdf graphic in normal latex?

Alternatively, can I convert the pdf to eps without losing quality?

Thank you very much in advance!

  • XY: Why does the file not compile with pdfLaTeX? Commented Dec 21, 2013 at 13:28

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I think the answer for your first question is `No.' The reason for that is the standard output link of plain TeX goes:

TeX → Dvi → PS

For this historical reason, the dvi format only supports postscript specials, and inclusion of postscript graphic.

So, the problem boils down to: How to convert PDF to EPS?

  • Thank you for the answers. I converted with coreldraw or adobe illustrator and the conversion was perfect. Much better than the one from inkscape. Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 19:06
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    That's wrong: We still have dvipdfm. Commented Dec 21, 2013 at 13:26
  • @MartinSchröder I am not sure what actually dvipdfm does. Acording to this: mintaka.sdsu.edu/GF/bibliog/latex/LaTeXtoPDF.html, and my few-years-ago experience it required eps figures. I would expect it interprets postscript specials, and include (translate?) them in the resulting pdf. Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 20:53
  • @MartinSchröder Sorry, so you were right, it has also an ability to include pdf or other images (see gaspra.kettering.edu/dvipdfm). So, your solution is probably the best option, if the final output is to be pdf. Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 20:57

Yes: Use latex (which will be pdftex in dvi-mode) and dvipdfm.


Download Inkscape here

You can convert pdf to eps and viceversa

  • I tried that and I still lose a little of the quality. But I guess it is the only way… Thanks!!! Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 16:03

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