[OS X TeX] Problem with Printing --> Now: Document Types
alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Wed Nov 16 20:34:21 EST 2005
Yeah, good question :)
There are huge amounts written on each of those, depending upon what you want
to know and what application you are applying the knowledge to. Best thing to
do is google your question. Some things that are TeX specific (DVI, PS and
Metafont) are covered well in the LaTeX Companion, but others prefer other
titles. Have a look on the tug.org website for good ones available. Most can
be bought from there or Amazon.
Wikipedia of usually quite good, and getting better. And ask your local geek,
they relish the attention ;)
The man pages offer a huge wealth of information, often technical. The
How-to's are often very useful too, especially when you want to figure out how
to do something with a particular file type.
Mostly, I think, you don't need a lot of indepth knowledge of all the file
types, until you experience a problem, then you learn more :)
Marcus Michalsky said:
> thx so far, you're right Alan. It seems it is quite a special not (only)
> TeX related problem...
> I try your link. Mysterious that Epson wrotes on their site, that no major
> changes were made from Panther to Tiger :-) ^^
> But I have another thing. Is there any good doc or can somebody
> explain the document types ?
> I mean, what is DVI, PS, PDF, Metafont... How did it all work. Is PDF only
> a container (because it needs the fonts...) Some kind of vector graphics ?
> Converting all that to each other...
> I hope you understand my question...
> On Nov 17, 2005, at 1:16 AM, Alan Litchfield wrote:
>> Hmm. From reading the rest of your reply the font encoding issue is
>> I think it is clear that the problem is not related to LaTeX or TeXShop,
>> rather to your printer setup. I assume you have tried deleting the
>> instance creating a new one from the new drivers you installed.
>> This page addresses some of the printing issues people have on Mac OS X,
>> printing with Ghostscript. They suggest using Gimp Print, which
>> prints each page as an image. It is quite old now, but may be
>> useful in
>> understanding what the problem is.
>> This page explains a little of what your CUPS printing is doing. Again,
>> it is
>> quite old.
>> In the Help, the support document about printer drivers states " Some
>> files included with Mac OS X 10.4 might not be included with
>> previous Mac OS X
>> versions, and vice-versa." Which may explain why the older version of X
>> worked. However, it also says that the driver "EPSON EPL-5900L 2.11.01"
>> installed with 10.4.
>> You could try redirecting your query here, there are people there that
>> with these kinds of problems more frequently than here.
>> Marcus Michalsky said:
>>> Yeah thx, you're right it isn't impressive that this works. But thx
>>> all. IT tooks very long to print, but for short docs it goes.
>>> Alan, how do I check, what font encoding I use ?
>>> Pete, I checked i-installer and choose the option install all fonts
>>> (configure only). But still the same thing. When I transfer this
>>> to the
>>> PowerBook with Panther, it works great. Sometimes the last page is
>>> (when I print more sites on a page), but no font problems there. And by
>>> way, even the same happens on some Powerpoint PDFs from my
>>> Professors or
>>> Papers from Dolby and Berkeley etc, on Tiger some
>>> fonts are atificially deformed or missing, and on the Powerbook
>>> EVERYTHING ok.
>>> Yeah George, with Tiger nothing seems to work with the Epson
>>> laser, but
>>> before with Panther I had NO problems !
>>> Some time ago I installed the Epson Printer Package from the
>>> Panther CD on
>>> the Tiger Installation, something works then, but only
>>> something, still
>>> MANY errornous printouts.
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