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

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Sat Dec 23 01:34:56 EST 2006

Le 22 déc. 06 à 20:00, Holger Frauenrath a écrit :

> 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.

Adobe Illustrator does exactly the same. Generally I just drag-and- 
drop the EPS files onto TeXShop as soon as they are produced, to  
convert them to PDF. At times I also use Preview, but with it you  
have to process the EPS files one by one (Open, then Save As).

You can also just put your EPS files into a directory, and convert  
them all in one go from the command line. After you have cd'ed to  
that directory in Terminal, you just type either:

	apply epstopdf *.eps


	apply pstopdf *.eps

The first alternative uses the epstopdf script, invoking GhostScript  
behind the scene. The second uses Apple's distiller pstopdf.

Not quite what you asked, though.

Bruno Voisin
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