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

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Thu Nov 18 19:34:37 EST 2004

Regarding the SuperPaint graphics files, I submitted the problem to the 
Intaglio people. Here is their answer:

      Intaglio could do it if you saved the SuperPaint file as a PICT 
file in SuperPaint.  You could then import that file into Intaglio and 
convert it for editing.  This should preserve the "vector" elements 
(i.e., lines, boxes, etc.).

As I said earlier, Intaglio will then save as pdf "cropped to contents" 
and this would then be rather like the procedure I used with the 
graphics in old Word files.

I hope this helps.


Ludger Hentschel wrote:

>> 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
>> earlier.
> 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
>    \includegraphics[width=xin]{figure.pdf}
> 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 
> saying
> \includegraphics[width=xin]{figure.eps}, or
> \includegraphics[width=xin]{figure.pdf}
> 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.
> Regards,
> Ludger

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