The page How to use PSTricks in pdfLaTeX? explains a workaround that allows to use PSTricks in pdfLaTeX. As far as I understand it, it allows you to include a mix of eps and pdf figures in a TeX document and to compile the document with pdfLaTeX. Along similar lines, I was wondering if there is any way to get PSTricks to work with PDFTeXify in WinEdt?

  • You must use texify in the following way: texify.exe --pdf --tex-option=--enable-write18 If you are using TeXLive use: texify.exe --pdf --tex-option=--shell-escape Sep 5, 2011 at 21:43

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texify (or pdftexify) is merely a program that will run (pdf)latex (and, if necessary, bibtex, makeindex, and what not) for however many times it takes to get all cross-references, citations, index commands, etc sorted out and resolved properly. Hence, as long as you've set your pdflatex program to run properly with pstricks, e.g., by specifying pdflatex -shell-escape, you shouldn't encounter any problems with pdftexify.

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    @Marco @Mico Thanks to both for the answers. I had already sorted out pdflatex and that ran fine (in WinEdt: by adding -shell-escape before "%N%T" in the parameters box in Options > Execution modes > PDFLatex) but PDFTexify still did not work. However, Marco's suggestion seems to have done the trick: in Options > Execution modes > PDFTexify I added --tex-option=--enable-write18 after --pdf in the switches box and now PDFTexify seems to work with PSTricks. I did a quick check and I was able to compile a document that contained both eps and pdf figures with just PDFTexify. Thanks!
    – Nicolas
    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:04
  • Sorry, it works but it takes only pdf figures as input, not eps figures.
    – Nicolas
    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:27
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    Apologies for adding to this, especially if this is common knowledge, but with \usepackage{epstopdf} in the preamble it is possible to include a mix of pdf and eps figures (epstopdf converts any eps files it encounters into pdfs on the spot) and run PDFTexify as explained above.
    – Nicolas
    Sep 6, 2011 at 14:39

try \usepackage[pdf]{pstricks} and then it should work with including eps images whith the option -shell-escape. And then there is no need for the package epstopdf

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