If you're trying to generate a pdf file from a .tex file, the ideal method is to use pdflatex on your .tex file:
This will use postscript versions of the Computer Modern fonts, so that the text looks good at various resolutions. This also skips the DVI and Postscript step, so you don't have to generate a .dvi file at all.
If your latex file includes postscript files (such as in figures), then pdflatex will not be able to generate a proper pdf file. In this case you have two options: You can convert your Postscript graphics to PDF graphics, or you can use dvips and convert the output to PDF.
|Ugly PDF output|
If you try to convert Postscript generated by the normal "dvips -o" command to PDF, everything will look very pixelated and ugly on the screen, even though a printed copy will look fine. This is because dvips, by default, uses an assortment of bitmapped fonts. The procedure described below will generate the correct output.
In order to get nicer-looking PDF output, you can use Type 1 Postscript fonts instead of the standard bitmap fonts, by doing the following:
Rather than send the file to the nonexistent printer "pdf", this creates a .ps file using Type 1 postscript fonts. Then, to create the pdf file from this ps file, you can run:
|If you get an error when you run dvips saying something like:
then the problem is that you're using the dvips in the newtex locker. Run:
to "un-add" newtex from your path, and try again.