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

Holger Frauenrath mail at frauenrath.com
Sat Dec 23 01:44:57 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.

Hello everybody,

well, answering my own email ... just in case anybody else has a  
similar problem.

I was pointed to the "Convert PS to PDF" script supplied by Apple  
(one of the Folder Action Scripts). After changing some details of  
the file processing and attaching it to a folder, it works exactly in  
the desired way, also on EPS files (at least the ones I am working  
with). Cool.

I guess that changing the pstopdf engine to epstopdf would be better  
in many occasions (although I am not really sure). However, when I  
tried this, the script failed saying "epstopdf: command not found". I  
assume it is a path issue.

Thanks to everybody for the help.

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