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

Holger Frauenrath mail at frauenrath.com
Sat Dec 23 01:48:46 EST 2006

On Dec 23, 2006, at 7:34 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> 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
> or:
> 	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

... but still helpful. While I knew that I can run epstopdf on *.eps,  
I must admit that I was not aware of the other nice features of  
TeXShop besides being a nice TeX frontend!


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