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The pict2e package

This package was described in the 2nd edition of "LaTeX: A Document
Preparation System", but the LaTeX project team declined to produce
the package.  For a long time, LaTeX has included a "pict2e package"
that merely produced an apologetic error message.

The new package extends the existing LaTeX picture environment, using
the familiar technique (cf. the graphics and color packages) of driver
files.  The package documentation (pict2e.dtx) has a fair number of
examples of use, showing where things are improved by comparison with
the LaTeX picture environment.


1. Unpacking the package in the usual way (processing pict2e.ins)
   produces a file pict2e-example.cfg; this file is a satisfactory
   pict2e.cfg file, for most purposes.  You can't generate the
   documentation (by processing pict2e.dtx) unless you have a
   pict2e.cfg file. so you are recommended to rename
   pict2e-example.cfg as pict2e.cfg, beforehand.  The file pict2e.pdf,
   in the distribution, was generated in this way, using PDFLaTeX.

2. If you have not installed the 2003/12/01 release of LaTeX, you
   already have a pict2e.sty.  You should ensure that you install the
   new pict2e.sty in such a way that it gets chosen by your TeX system
   in preference to the old version.  One way of achieving this is
   simply to delete the old version, which is to be found on a TDS
   system in $TEXMF/tex/latex/base

Recommended TDS locations:

   pict2e.sty and driver files:  tex/latex/pict2e
   pict2e.pdf, p2e-drivers.pdf:  doc/latex/pict2e

For general installation advice, see


Name Size Date Notes
README 1650 2004-05-27 17:26
man­i­fest.txt 1083 2004-05-13 16:48
p2e-drivers.dtx 15683 2011-04-05 11:38
p2e-drivers.pdf 229476 2011-04-05 11:43
pic­t2e.dtx 131305 2014-01-12 22:23
pic­t2e.ins 3187 2011-04-05 11:49
pic­t2e.pdf 549726 2014-01-12 22:23

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pic­t2e – New im­ple­men­ta­tion of pic­ture com­mands

This pack­age was de­scribed in the 2nd edi­tion of ‘LaTeX: A Doc­u­ment Prepa­ra­tion Sys­tem’, but the LaTeX project team de­clined to pro­duce the pack­age. For a long time, LaTeX has in­cluded a ‘pic­t2e pack­age’ that merely pro­duced an apolo­getic er­ror mes­sage.

The new pack­age ex­tends the ex­ist­ing LaTeX pic­ture en­vi­ron­ment, us­ing the fa­mil­iar tech­nique (cf. the graph­ics and color pack­ages) of driver files (at present, drivers for PostScript out­put from LaTeX, and for use with pdfLaTeX are avail­able). The pack­age doc­u­men­ta­tion has a fair num­ber of ex­am­ples of use, show­ing where things are im­proved by com­par­i­son with the LaTeX pic­ture en­vi­ron­ment.

Pack­age De­tailspic­t2e
Li­censeThe LaTeX Project Public Li­cense
Main­tainerHu­bert Gäßlein
Josef Tkadlec
Rolf Niepraschk
Con­tained inTeX Live as pic­t2e
MiKTeX as pic­t2e
Topics graph­ics pro­duced by one of the *TeX en­gines
See also curve2e
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