# transparent package not working in LaTeX

I've been working on a document which involves the transparent package. It compiles fine with pdfLaTeX, but when I try bare LaTeX (I want to get a DVI file) it generates an Undefined control sequence error. Minimal (non-)working example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{transparent}

\begin{document}
\transparent{0.5}{Hello}
\end{document}


I have a feeling this is nothing to do with the transparent package per se, and is perhaps just something needing updating. But I don't know how to find out what's causing the problem, or how to fix it. If it's relevant, I'm using MikTeX 2.9.

• before the error you get a fairly clear message Package transparent Warning: Loading aborted, because pdfTeX is not running in PDF mode. The package does not support dvi mode. – David Carlisle Jun 21 '16 at 19:00

 Package transparent Warning: Loading aborted,