[OS X TeX] Script or folder action to invoke epstopdf automatically

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 14:16:17 EST 2006

Holger Frauenrath wrote:

> Hello everybody,
> I hope that this question is slightly more on topic.
> I would like to save chemical drawings prepared with the commercial 
> program ChemDraw to (cropped) PDF files for inclusion into LaTeX. 
> Printing to PDF from ChemDraw results in uncropped PDF files. However, 
> ChemDraw can save files into EPS files (which can even be re- edited), 
> and epstopdf produces the cropped PDF files without a problem.
> As I constantly change the ChemDraws (and I have many of them) it 
> would be handy if there was either a script or a folder action etc. 
> which would create the PDF files either per drag-and-drop or, 
> hopefully, even automatically whenever an EPS file in a specified 
> directory is created or updated.

I am not sure what formats Intaglio can import but it sure can save a 
copy as cropped pdf and remember where it put it. So, I have two 
folders, one where Intaglio saves the .intaglio for editing and one 
where Intaglio automatically saves the cropped .pdf with the same 
name—and I do have hundreds of them.

It also has an applescript which does some batchprocessing but I have 
never used it. If you want, send me a ChemDraw figure saved in some 
reasonably common format(s) and I will try them. Alternatively, you 
could try to download their trial version but I don't remember what its 
limitations are. You could also email nick at PurgatoryDesign.com—he is 
their tech support and both very knowledgeable and very patient. :-)

Hope this helps

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