I have a MetaPost file which gives an output as EPS. When I convert the EPS file to a PDF, the resolution is very poor. Does any one know how to fix this?

Here is the code of the file:

  drawarrow (0,0)--(10cm,0);
  drawarrow (0,0)--(0,10cm);
  label.lrt(btex\small$y$ etex, (0cm,6.4cm));
  label.lrt(btex\small$x$ etex, (8.4cm,0cm)); 
    pair A, B, C;
    A:=(0,0); C:=(4cm,3cm);
    draw A--C;
draw (4cm,3cm) .. (6cm,3.6cm) .. (8cm,3.62cm);
  drawarrow (2cm, 0cm)--(2cm,1cm);
  drawarrow (4cm, 0cm)--(4cm,1cm);
  label.lrt(btex\tiny$x^{m}$ etex, (0.2cm,2.2cm));
  label.lrt(btex\tiny$const-R^{-n}$ etex, (4.6cm,4.4cm));
  label.lrt(btex\tiny$\Delta_{1}$ etex, (2cm,0.2cm));
  label.lrt(btex\tiny$\Delta_{2}$ etex, (4cm,0.2cm));
  label.lrt(btex\tiny$\Delta v$ etex, (6cm,0.2cm));
drawarrow (6cm, 0cm)--(6cm,1cm);
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! How do you do the conversion to PDF? – egreg Aug 9 '16 at 10:08
  • through some website. – titanium Aug 9 '16 at 10:11
  • What operating system and TeX distribution are you running? Do you need the PDF for inclusion in a LaTeX document? – egreg Aug 9 '16 at 10:15
  • I am using Mac. Yes, I need pdf for inclusion in LaTex document. – titanium Aug 9 '16 at 10:55
  • You are aware that metapost output can be included directly in latex? Both standard latex and pdflatex, no need for any conversion – daleif Aug 9 '16 at 12:14

You don't need to convert to PDF via unknown software. It's very easy if you know how to use the Terminal.

Change the outputtemplate line into


and also \usepackage{times} into


if you want Times also for math symbols.

If you run the command line mpost titanium (assuming titanium.mp) is the file name, you can then include directly it in a LaTeX file by doing





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If you want to obtain a PDF file from the MetaPost file, remove the outputtemplate line and run the command line

mptopdf titanium.mp

that will produce a file named titanium-0.pdf, which you can rename to your likings.

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