[OS X TeX] epstopdf (2.8draft)

Dr. Paul Fons paul-fons at aist.go.jp
Sun Mar 24 20:09:27 EST 2002

  In order to get around the MediaBox bug of Illustrator X (it sets the 
image size to A4 as opposed to the artwork), I have been saving my 
artwork as a eps file from Illustrator and then using epstopdf (teTeX 
flavor - version 2.8draft).  This works (sort of).  I find I can open 
the files in Acrobat and display them correctly.  When I attempt to read 
the files back into Illustrator again, however, all of the line widths 
are increase by a factor of 10 (e.g. 1.5 point width becomes 15 point).  
This makes for some interesting variations in my original artwork, but 
is not particularly useful for the presentation I had in mind (I still 
don't want to use powerpoint -- it has its own problems).  Any ideas of 
workarounds for this issue -- a new version perhaps?  Also does anyone 
know to whom this bug should be reported?  I doubt it is Adobe's 
problem -- pdf files saved by Illustrator can be modified and saved and 
Acrobat and reimported without problem.  All I really want to do is to 
work around the MediaBox problem in a simple manner, if possible, 
preserving the ability to further edit the files in Illustrator.  Any 

Dr. Paul Fons
Senior Research Scientist
National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Optoelectronics Institute
Energy Electronics Institute
Umezono 1-1-1
Tsukuba, Ibaraki
JAPAN 305-8568
paul-fons at aist.go.jp
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