12 Aug 2012 06:51

## Compiling to .pdf

Problem Compiling in Pdf. Pdf is the default compiler for Mixtex 2.9. This
does not give diagrams that functioned in 2.7, compiling to a .dvi file.
At the begining of a document I include the lines
\def\jwline#1#2#3#4{%
\put(#1,#2){\special{em:moveto}}%
\put(#3,#4){\special{em:lineto}}}
\def\newpic#1{}
then a command, \jwline{40}{90}{50}{80}, draws a precise line. This
compiles
under Miktex 9.5, but the lines don't show. Any suggestions on how to make
this work compiling to pdf files.
Thanks,
Ed. MacKinnon

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12 Aug 2012 11:38

### Re: Compiling to .pdf

Am Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:51:55 -0700 schrieb Edward MacKinnon:

> Problem Compiling in Pdf. Pdf is the default compiler for Mixtex 2.9. This
> does not give diagrams that functioned in 2.7, compiling to a .dvi file.

The default compiler pdftex can also generate a dvi.

> At the begining of a document I include the lines
> \def\jwline#1#2#3#4{%
> \put(#1,#2){\special{em:moveto}}%
> \put(#3,#4){\special{em:lineto}}}
> \def\newpic#1{}
> then a command, \jwline{40}{90}{50}{80}, draws a precise line. This
> compiles
> under Miktex 9.5, but the lines don't show. Any suggestions on how to make
> this work compiling to pdf files.

Here is a text of Hans Hagen which describes how to implement the
emtex-specials in pdftex with pdf output:
www.ntg.nl/maps/25/10.pdf

But would suggest to use a package like tikz instead of such
outdated specials.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\begin{document}
A line:
\tikz \draw[red] (0,0) -- (2.5,3) -- (5,0);
\end{document}