# How does the package pst-labo work to draw chemical equipment?

I would like to draw some chemical equipment and I found this pst-labo package. However, it does not work for me and I am sure I have the package installed.

This should be a very simple example of its usage which does not work for me:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{pst-labo}

\title{Blank}
\date{April 2014}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\section{Introduction}

\psset{unit=0.5cm}
\pstTubeEssais

\end{document}

• How are you trying to compile the document? pdflatex? pstricks (the package working behind the scenes) requires latex->dvips->ps2pdf to be used. – Paul Gessler May 1 '14 at 21:46
• Or you can add \usepackage[pdf]{pstricks} to your preamble, and compile with pdflatex. – Bernard May 1 '14 at 21:50
• By adding \usepackage[pdf]{pstricks} to my preamble to the code showed before still reports error and does not compile with PdfLaTeX. – Garret May 1 '14 at 22:58
• If you go back to the original code, does latex work? – cfr May 2 '14 at 2:00

Run the document with xelatex (without loading package inputenc) or run it with pdflatex --shell-escape <file> with loading package auto-pst-pdf:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[crop=off]{auto-pst-pdf}
\usepackage{pst-labo}

\title{Blank}
\date{April 2014}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\section{Introduction}

\begin{postscript}
\psset{unit=0.5cm}
\pstTubeEssais
\end{postscript}

\end{document}


My output with xelatex and current TeXLive 2013

• Using that code and compiling with pdflatex still does not show the equipment figure. Texkstudio says: auto-pst-pdf: . Or turn off auto-pst-pdf.}. Furthermore, copying the code also into sharelatex does not show the figure either. – Garret May 2 '14 at 6:51
• I suppose that you are missing the option --shell-escape. Howver, can't you use xelatex then there is no need for using auto-pst-pdf – user2478 May 2 '14 at 6:58
• Even using xelatex I cannot see the equipment. Did you try the code personally? – Garret May 3 '14 at 11:04
• see my added image in my answer – user2478 May 3 '14 at 11:48
• That works for me using xelatex from texlive 2014. I had to change the postscript to pspicture though. – ezietsman Aug 20 '14 at 8:34