[Mac OS X TeX] Re: TeX fonts and Illustrator 10

William Adams wadams at atlis.com
Thu Dec 27 22:06:33 EST 2001

First, I agree with Prof. Distler's diagnosis that I need more
downtime---unfortunately, it's typically bizarre PostScript problems
which keep me at work late, so I'm rather sensitive to them and their

Meanwhile, Alessio was kind enough to add the following information:

>I make really heavy use of XyPic, which means that on my G3 a
>medium-sized paper can take a minute to pass through TeX. My solution
>is to produce diagrams in such a way that I can choose either to
>include them as XyPic sources or as EPS figures. When I compose the
>paper, I use EPS files, for the final version I use the TeX source

Fair enough.

>Now, Tom Kiffe's macdvi makes for an excellent previewer, because
>it's fast and the quality of fonts on screen is better than that of
>ghostscript (I use Type 1).

I'll skip the Display PostScript rant, 'kay?

>I could have the same quality of fonts, and maybe also the same
>speed, by using pdfTeX, but this is not an option (as far as I know)
>with XyPic, since I make use of postscript specials.

Depends. Are you willing to make use of commercial software?

Solution here would be to convert the XyPic graphics into .pdfs in
advance before placing them using pdfTeX. Not sure how much extra work
that'd require on your part---you might even be able to use GhostScript
to do the conversion, so you could skip the aforementioned need for
commercial software (i.e. Adobe Acrobat full version, Distiller, or
Frank Siegert's nifty pStill.app)


William Adams, publishing specialist
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