# [OS X TeX] Page size, using plain, TeX and Ghostscript

Stephen Moye stephenmoye at cox.net
Tue May 11 20:24:22 EDT 2004

```Well, success -- I guess. I found that this, for example:

\special{! <</PageSize [792 1224]>> setpagedevice 0 432 translate}

allows me to use tabloid size, and this:

\special{! <</PageSize [1008 612]>> setpagedevice 0 -180 translate}

gives me landscape legal.

Any solutions that are more elegant than this would be much appreciated.

On May 11, 2004, at 5:52 PM, Stephen Moye wrote:

> That is actually what I thought. I tried some experioments with the
> \special{papersize=11in,17in} mechanism and it does work in part, but
> the TeXShop preview continues to show a letter-size (ie default) page.
> The contents of the page move up and down according to the size given
> in the \special. Adding to my confusion is this from the TeXShop
> "What's New":
>
>  Printing now respects the "scale" setting in Page Setup. It does not
> respect the  "paper size" setting since paper size is set in teTeX.
>
> That looked to be saying that there is some way to communicate with
> teTex just what the page size is.
>
> S
>
> On May 11, 2004, at 5:23 PM, William F. Adams wrote:
>
>>
>> On Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at 05:10  PM, Stephen Moye wrote:
>>
>>> How do I communicate to teTeX (I'm using plain TeX, with TeX and
>>> Ghostscript) the fact that I want to use, say, legal/landscape paper
>>> instead of the default letter. Or specify an arbitrary page size in
>>> place of the default letter size.
>>
>> TeX has no concept of pagesize more or less.
>>
>> You need to pass the pagesize information using the special mechanism
>> on to Ghostscript by way of dvips --- check the docs for that.
>>
>> William
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