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