[OS X TeX] OT: eps2eps and fonts

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Fri Jul 15 20:14:55 EDT 2005

Hi all,

Just now I have been experiencing problems importing an EPS file,  
generated by Mathematica 4.1, in Illustrator CS2: Illustrator  
silently fails to open the file, and console.log contains:

Adobe Illustrator(480,0xa000ef98) malloc: ***  Deallocation of a  
pointer not malloced: 0x139f7ea8; This could be a double free(), or  
free() called with the middle of an allocated block; Try setting  
environment variable MallocHelp to see tools to help debug

I can use TeXShop (actually epstopdf) or Tiger's distiller pstopdf to  
convert the EPS file to PDF, and open the PDF file in Illustrator.  
However, I thought it would be better to work in Illustrator from the  
original EPS file.

I remember in several circumstances people here have posted  
instructions using GhostScript or scripts based on it to deal with  
malformed EPS files. Hence I have attempted pre-processing the  
problematic EPS file with eps2eps (installed with GhostScript) before  
opening it in Illustrator. That works to extent that the preprocessed  
file is indeed opened by Illustrator; however, it seems the PS font  
(Courier) included in the original EPS file has been bitmapped by  
eps2eps. Is there a way to avoid this?

Bruno Voisin 
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