[OS X TeX] using acrobat distiller with TeXShop

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Thu Aug 12 15:40:39 EDT 2004

On 12 aug 2004, at 20:49, Timothy Van Zandt wrote:

> Joseph C. Slater wrote:
>> On Aug 12, 2004, at 11:52 AM, Timothy Van Zandt wrote:
>>> Should be simple, but I find no reference to anyone using acrobat
>>> distiller 6.0 from the command line or as a substitute for the 
>>> pstopdf
>>> engine in TeXShop. Anyone know how to do this?
>> You can use the open command.
>> open -a Acrobat\ Distiller\ 6.0.2.app 'filename'
>> You can't use non-default options.
>> Joe
> That's great, thanks. I can run this from the command line, but now 
> find that TeXshop's "Personal Script" option in preferences does not 
> allow one to substitute an alternate distiller. Am I correct?

The personal script requires you to write a (shell) script that takes a 
file-name and produces a pdf-file with the same base-name. To create 
smalled pdf-files: you could try the Multivalent tools.


Example (save in a convenient location, make it executable, and fill 
out the path in the TeXShop prefs):


# set some variables
docroot=`basename $1 .tex`
thedir=`dirname $1`

pushd $thedir
$latexapp $docroot
$postprocessor $docroot.pdf $docroot.tmp.pdf
rm -f "$docroot.pdf"
mv "$docroot.tmp.pdf" "$docroot.pdf"
touch "$docroot.pdf"

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