[OS X TeX] Textures LaTeX -> teTeX/TeXShop/iTeX LaTeX

Ludger Hentschel hentschel at simon.rochester.edu
Thu Nov 18 17:25:56 EST 2004

>But now my problem: TeXTures doesn't work on Mac OSX 10.3.6, and
>recent. I'm in the process of changing to TeXShop (appreciating much
>help from Dick Koch).  I would again like to use \include and
>\includeonly when doing individual chapters of the book. And also, I'm
>trying to find an easy way to manage and include all the figures I
>choose to have in this text. I do not want to go back to Mac OS 9, or

If you have a proper installation of teTeX you should be able to 
convert your document by

1) printing/saving your SuperPaint graphics files to PS files
2) converting the PS files to PDF (using pstopdf or Distiller)
3) updating the way your document inserts graphics to
4) running pdflatex on your document

If you want PS output, you can convert the PS files to EPS and then run latex.

La/TeX allows for application-specific commands through the \special 
command. Any of your private macros that use \special commands 
probably have to be updated. LaTeX macros that use \special commands 
will mostly work fine because your new LaTeX installation was created 
for teTeX. An unfortunate exception to this is pict files in LaTeX 
documents. In Textures, there were 2 ways of incorporating pict 
graphics in LaTeX documents

\(center)picture width by height (picturename scaled nnnn), or

\includegraphics[natwidth=xin natheight=yin]{figure.pict}.

Neither of these will work in teTeX.

I think it is best to convert the figures to standard LaTeX. You can 
do this by converting your figures to eps or pdf (see below) and then 

\includegraphics[width=xin]{figure.eps}, or


If you did not use it before, you must also add \usepackage{graphicx} 
at the beginning of your document.

I gather your graphics were created in SuperPaint. If I recall 
correctly, SuperPaint cannot export files to a modern grahpics 
format. You can, however, save/print your SuperPaint documents to 
PostScript files using Classic/OS 9's print engine. A substantial 
benefit of this is that Illustrator, for example, will correctly 
understand many of the graphics elements in their vector form. This 
means you can edit your graphics files in Illustrator more or less as 
though they had been created with Illustrator in the first place. If 
you don't wish to edit the graphics, you can convert the PS files to 
pdf using pstopdf or Distiller. (Note that Illustrator can open your 
SuperPaint pict files directly, but in my experience conversion 
through PS works better.)

As far as I know, \includeonly should work as before.


Ludger Hentschel
William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
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