[OS X TeX] Styles or macros for preparing posters, and how to use TeXShop for this

Bruno Voisin Bruno.Voisin at hmg.inpg.fr
Sat Jun 1 16:36:56 EDT 2002

Le samedi 1 juin 2002, à 09:38 PM, Michel Bovani a écrit :

>> - Are there LaTeX styles/macros aimed specially at doing posters ? I'm
>> using the slides class for the moment.
> \documentclass{a0poster}
>> - I use \setlength{\paperwidth} {841mm} and
>> \setlength{\paperheight}{1189mm} to make LaTeX aware of A0 paper 
>> size, I
>> use the A0 printer driver (it's a PRINEO printer) and I define the 
>> paper
>> size to be A0 in TeXShop's "Page Setup" menu item for this printer.
> If you are using pdflatex, you have to configure it for your page 
> dimensions
> (using \pdfpageheiht/width primitives).
> Try this
> \documentclass[a0,portrait]{a0poster}
> \usepackage[applemac]{inputenc}
> \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
> \usepackage{calc,palatino}
> \usepackage[frenchb]{babel}
> \pdfpagewidth\paperwidth
> \pdfpageheight\paperheight
> \pagestyle{empty}
> \begin{document}
> \fontsize{180}{200}\selectfont
> \vspace*{\fill}
> \begin{center}\bfseries
> Je suis un joli Poster
> \end{center}
> \vfill\vfill
> \end{document}

Thanks, works nicely, in both TeX + GhostScript and pdfTeX modes. I 
always forget about pdfTeX idiosyncrasies; I remember at some point 
\pdfpageheight/width and \pdfhorigin/vorigin had to be adjusted, but I 
thought it had been made unnecessary in recent pdfTeX versions.

But now I've got another problem: my version of PowerPoint is quite old 
(from Office 98, I had never used it so far) and can only import 
pictures in EPS format, no PDF. I thought I could use Illustrator to 
convert from PDF to EPS; alas, my version of Illustrator is also old (8) 
so I am faced with the bug reported to this list several times already, 
I think: importing TeX's PDF output into Illustrator results in 
Illustrator claiming that fonts cannot be found.

Being on very tight schedule I think I'll move to the Dark Side for this 
time, and later investigate how things can nicely be done.

Thanks for the great help in any case!

Bruno Voisin

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