[Mac OS X TeX] TEX -> EPDF?
Maarten Sneep
sneep at nat.vu.nl
Thu Dec 6 05:03:41 EST 2001
Hi all,
On 06-Dec-01 Claus Gerhardt wrote:
# >So, I'm curious whether anyone knows a good way to get a single TeX
# >equation as a piece of embedded PDF? I'm envisioning a package that works
[snip]
# Let me add some thoughts to my first mail to this problem: One can
# produce arbitrary many formulas in one latex document, e.g.
#
[snip]
#
# After the first run of the document a file myname.mp is created which
# one has to transform via the terminal using the command
#
# mpost myname
#
# After the second run of the document the file myname.pdf contains all
# formulas. One can then open this file with Adobe Illustrator, copy
# each formula separately, and save each of the formulas as an .eps
# file which can either be used independently or can be transformed
# with epstopdf to an embedded pdf file that can be read in via an
# \includegraphics command.
The use of Illustator is a bit tricky here: I don't have that program.
Here's what I do, YMMV.
1) Create a latex file for each formula, e.g.
\documentclass[12pt]{article}
%% your style files, amsmath comes to mind
\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}
\begin{equation*}
2 + 2 = 5 \qquad\text{G. Orwell, 1984}
\end{equation
\end{document}
2) run file through normal latex
3) run dvi through dvips, with the following options:
dvips -Ppdf -E -o formula.eps formula.dvi
4) run eps-file through the epstopdf script.
epstopdf formula.eps
There you have it. The drawbacks are: only one formula per file, needs to use
the cmd-line. Advantage: no need for illustator.
Of course I assume you have teTeX installed and GhostScript. If you have other
tools, you may want to use those. If someone knows a way of skipping the latex
dvips step (i.e. an option for pdflatex to generate epdf directly, I'd like to
hear.
Maarten Sneep
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Maarten Sneep
Atomic- and Laser Physics group
vrije Universiteit, amsterdam
The Netherlands
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