[OS X Emacs] problems: LaTeX + dvips+ps2pdf

Roussanka Loukanova rl.stpuu at gmail.com
Mon Mar 1 16:21:30 EST 2021

Dear Win,

After advices from the TeXShop list, in the same Thread, I get

(1) the drawings that require pstricks look finley, by XeLaTeX, in one
typeset run (+ BibTeX + latex, if needed) after having selected:

Aquamacs > Command > Use XeTeX engine
Aquamacs > Command > TeXing Options > Generate PDF
Aquamacs > Command > TeXing Options > DVI and PDF > dvips + ps2pdf

%% for Aquamacs at the end of the tex file for automatic (latex+dvi+ps2pdf)
with XeLaTeX engine
%%% Local Variables:
%%% mode: latex
%%% TeX-engine: xetex
%%% TeX-master: t
%%% End:

(2) but an option for the transparency doesn't go well, by the XeTeX
output, and in the log:
 %%%% WARNING: Transparency operations ignored - need to use

I hope these can be preset in the upgrade of Aquamacs.
Best Regards,

On Sun, Feb 28, 2021 at 11:49 PM Roussanka Loukanova <rl.stpuu at gmail.com>

> Dear Win, Dear All,
> I have some beamer presentations with drawings for which I use
> \usepackage{pstricks}
> They require typesetting via:
> Aquamacs > Command > TeXing Options > Generate PDF
> Aquamacs > Command > TeXing Options > DVI and PDF > dvips + ps2pdf
> I used to typeset these presentations finely with Aquamacs, at least up
> to a certain time in 2020. Now the typesetting produces wrong slides:
> All beamer boxes get  their shadows in black, and the headers of the
> theorem-like boxes are covered with black banners.  Below is a test file
> and its pdf on my MacBook Air, macOS Big Sur V.11.2.2, TeXLife 2020, with
> everything updated.
> The same problem was by typesetting the files in TeXShop. I wrote to the
> TeXShop list:
> https://email.esm.psu.edu/pipermail/macosx-tex/
> Thread:
> [OS X TeX] TeX and DVI in beamer problem
> <https://email.esm.psu.edu/pipermail/macosx-tex/2021-February/057653.html>
> https://email.esm.psu.edu/pipermail/macosx-tex/2021-February/057653.html
> Herbert Schulz explained that the problem is in transparency with gs
> 9.53.3. Ghostscript version 9.51 and later (gs, ps2pdf) treat transparency
> differently.  A new option has to be passed to ps2pdf to allow transparency.
> Herbert Schulzand helped by some specially developed engines, pointed in
> the Thread above. I downloaded them, installed, and now the typesetting
> goes finely in TeXShop. Because my drawings are large, you can try with the
> test file by Herbert Schulz, which I included in the above Thread too,
> together with the content of the problematic .log.
> I hope you can fix that in Aquamacs, or perhaps find and tell what option
> and how to pass it to ps2pdf.
> Best Regards,
> Roussanka
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