[Mac OS X TeX] TeXShop and Illustrator 10 (yay!)

Jacques Distler distler at golem.ph.utexas.edu
Fri Nov 30 01:03:56 EST 2001

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Just in case anyone else puzzles over this . . .

For many years, I've produced figures using my trusty old version (3.2!) 
of Adobe Illustrator.

One of the features I liked about Textures was that it had an "export to 
Illustrator format" in the DVI previewer. I could typeset formulae in TeX 
and, using this feature, incorporate them as labels in the figures I 
created in Illustrator. (TeX is better at typesetting formulae than I 
would be dragging individual characters around in Illustrator and using CM 
fonts *sure* beat Times-Roman.)

I finally (and somewhat reluctantly) upgraded myself to the OSX native 
Illustrator 10 (very good academic price, I'll admit) and was casting 
around for a solution to recreate this ability.

At first, things did not look good. Illustrator barfed when it opened the 
.pdf file created by TeXShop. Font-subsetting (which is what both pdftex 
and dvips+ghostscript are set up to do) was not satisfactory to it, and it 
insisted on converting everything from Computer Modern to Helvetica, 
because the CM fonts could not be found.

Turns out the solution is to download


and install the folder TeX-Illustrator as

    "/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts/TeX-Illustrator"

Illustrator then happily opens PDF files created by TeXShop, and one can 
manipulate the contents at will.


I have found that, at the end of the day, it is best to convert the 
characters included in the figures from fonts to outlines (some versions 
of ghostscript will barf otherwise), but this can be made to happen 
*automatically* when Illustrator 10 "flattens" its output for export to 
.eps or .pdf.
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