[OS X TeX] LaTeXiT
pierre.chatelier at club-internet.fr
Mon May 16 15:12:07 EDT 2005
I am the author of LaTeXiT; Maarten Sneep told me that it would be a
good idea for me to suscribe here; indeed, it is the least I can do.
Just to start with ideas about future improvements in LEE's, Equation
service or LaTeXiT :
-So far, I think that calling latex, dvips and ps2pdf is slow, but it
is the only reliable and portable way to get a scaled image with a
correct bounding box. I have experimented to put some \mag commands
into LaTeX source code, but it is very disappointing. About the bouding
box, I do not know how to compute one by myself; but if somebody knows
that, this could be a first step to get rid of dvips.
-To attach latex source code to a PDF, Marteen has talked about pdftk.
In my opinion, it is a problem to use a tool that is not usually
packaged with LaTeX (for example, pdfcrop, that could be used to
compute a bounding box, is not distributed with the LaTeX from Fink.
So, I foresee to release new versions of LaTeXiT that would rather use
the PDFKit of MacOS 10.4. On one hand, this is portable; on the other
hand, it is Tiger only...
-About the baseline problem : I disagree to call it a problem. It is
just up to the user to align the *image* he has generated with its
text. I really do not see which assumptions could be made about the
context... But it may just be a less of knowledge of my part; in fact I
do use some context information for the LaTeXiT service : when the text
to replace is in RTF format, I get the font size to deduce some
scaling, so that the PDF image is already at a proper size
Any thoughts ?
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