This question is similar to the one here. The accepted answer there seems to be working in general, I get a readable .eps-file. If I open it however it looks pixelated and the fonts seem weird. At compilation I receive a notification saying

Config Error: No display font for 'Symbol'
Config Error: No display font for 'ZapfDingbats'

The pdf created seems just fine to me, for use in other documents I would need an .eps-file though. I can of course manually convert the pdf-files, but as there are many I would like to automate the process if possible.

I am running Windows 8 with MikTeX portable and use pdflatex.


I decided to include a MWE here:


\tikzset{external/system call={pdflatex \tikzexternalcheckshellescape 
                                    -jobname "\image" "\texsource"
                                    && pdftops -eps "\image.pdf"}}

\tikzexternalize[shell escape=-enable-write18]


       \addplot[very thick] coordinates {(0,0)(1,1)};



The execution command is

pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode -shell-escape  %.tex

That does run through and creates a .pdf file that is just fine (document file as well as the figure itself) and an .eps file, which is pixelated as described above.

Thank you very much for your help!

  • Welcome to TeX SX! I don't understand why you need an .eps figure?
    – Bernard
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 12:46
  • Thank you. I would like to use .eps figures to include the graphics in other programs such as MS PowerPoint.
    – PhilippD
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 14:38
  • Power Point doesn't accept .pdf graphics?
    – Bernard
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 18:50
  • Unfortunately not. Microsoft (support.office.com/en-us/article/…) suggests using a screenshot, which of course renders the use of vector file formats useless.
    – PhilippD
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 6:47
  • What about .svg?
    – Bernard
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 9:12

1 Answer 1


You can use the excellent Siep Kroonenberg's epspdf-setup to convert from pdf to eps. I don't know if it can do batch conversion, but as it has a texlua script as a backend I suppose it must be possible to write a small script for that. It uses pdftops.exe that comes with MiKTeX.

Here is a screenshot of the resulting .eps file for you M.W.E. (that I converted to the standalone class). As you can see, the fonts are not pixellated:

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  • Thank you very much for your effort. Did you convert the .pdf-file manually after creation or is this the .eps-file created "on the fly"?
    – PhilippD
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 10:30
  • I converted it manually, with tightboundingbox option.
    – Bernard
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 10:50

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