My problem concerns figures only showing partly in the pdf document. It seams as if there was something covering the image except for a little bit that is shown. I use \includegraphics with an image pdf file. Compile with pdflatex and it show ok in the dvi file. In the pdf file that is imediatly built there are no images whatsoever. But if I convert the dvi into pdf a little portion of the figure is visible. I would very much apreciate if you could help me with this. Maria Silva

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    we need a MWE of your code.
    – touhami
    Mar 13, 2015 at 20:31
  • @touhami Probably not in this case....
    – cfr
    Mar 14, 2015 at 4:42

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If you are getting a .dvi, you are not compiling with pdfLaTeX. You are using LaTeX. LaTeX cannot use .pdf images. There must be errors in your console output - reading them would help you diagnose the trouble. In general, the messages posted there can tell you useful things. Not always and sometimes it is hard to understand. But it is always worth at least taking a look at the error! In this case, it probably either complained that it could not find the image or made some complaint about that image. Or look in the .log file.

The solution, in any case, is to use pdflatex.

Look at the first line of the console output when you compile. If you are using latex, you will have something like this:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.15 (TeX Live 2014) (preloaded format=latex)

If you are using pdflatex, you will have something like this:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.15 (TeX Live 2014) (preloaded format=pdflatex)

It is the format you need to check - it will say pdfTeX in both cases.

  • Thank you very much for your answer. Pdflatex didn't work. But I converted to eps format and all the figures appear correctly on the DVI file. However, when I convert the DVI into PDF ( I am using WinEdt 7.1) all figures disappear except 3 which are specified with width and height parameters whereas the ones that disappear use the bb, scale and clip parameters. Any idea why this is happening? Apr 17, 2015 at 22:11
  • @MariaSilva Without an example? No. But if you are starting with PDF images, it makes no sense to convert them into EPS, use LaTeX and then convert the DVI. Saying that pdfLaTeX 'didn't work' tells nothing: what happened? Your computer grew legs and ran away? You got an error? No errors, but your cat ate the output?
    – cfr
    Apr 17, 2015 at 22:29
  • Thanks for the comments. with pdflatex the images don't show in the pdf file, just anempty space in the place where the figure should be. I get no error messages. The command I am using is \includegraphics[bb=-470 280 1970 510,scale=.7,clip]{c:/indices.pdf} Apr 18, 2015 at 20:13
  • @MariaSilva What does the log say? Don't specify the file extension. Try putting the images in your working directory so you can just say \includegraphics...{indices}.
    – cfr
    Apr 18, 2015 at 20:25
  • Thank you. I took out the file extension and I got the following log: File: c:/indices.eps Graphic file (type eps) <c:/indices.eps> LaTeX Font Info: Font shape OMS/cmr/m/n' in size <6> not available (Font) Font shape OMS/cmsy/m/n' tried instead on input line 457. Overfull \hbox (1324.3975pt too wide) in paragraph at lines 454--461 The result was the same: no image in the final pdf file. For some reason the includegraphics only finds the images when they are in the root c:\. If I put them in the working directory I got an error message saying it cannot find the file. Apr 19, 2015 at 20:05

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