[OS X TeX] psfrag troubles/PostScript in 10.4.4

andi petculescu a-petculescu at northwestern.edu
Thu Jan 12 10:18:01 EST 2006

Hi Thomas,

I had a similar problem (exporting to EPS) using the free QtiPlot. Instead 
of *exporting* to EPS, I tried *printing* to PS and the output was perfect.
Maybe this helps.


At 07:50 AM 1/12/2006, you wrote:
>Dear list,
>I started to write my thesis on my old G4 a while ago. I'm preparing
>most of my graphs with KaleidaGraph which works really nicely, most
>of the time. Sometimes, though, I'm not too happy with KaleidaGraph's
>output, so, instead of printing those graphs into PDF files I print
>them into PostScript files which I then enhance with psfrag and
>convert them afterwards into PDF.
>Recently, I switched writing to my iMac G5 which is a lot nicer, but
>somehow, my psfrag enhancements stopped working on it. Taking a
>closer look, I realized that on the iMac those PostScript files
>differ from those created on the G4. On the G4 they sport this comment:
>  %%Creator: (KaleidaGraph: pictwpstops filter 1.0)
>On the iMac it's this one:
>%%Creator: (KaleidaGraph: cgpdftops CUPS filter)
>The PostScript files that are created on the G4 contain all the
>labels of the graphs which I'd like to change in plain form, whilst
>those created on the iMac don't which is the reason that psfrag
>doesn't work on them anymore. The major difference between the G4 and
>the iMac is that the G4 runs OS X 10.4.2 and the iMac 10.4.4. The
>problem already existed when the iMac was still running 10.4.3, but
>actually I'm not really sure whether this is an issue of
>10.4.3/10.4.4 or something in my setup.
>With the help on this site
>I set up a virtual printer that prints directly to PostScript but
>those files are still printed with cgpdftops instead of pictwpstops
>and they still don't contain any labels.
>Unfortunately, KaleidaGraph can't export directly to EPS or PS and
>since I sold the G4 and only kept its hard drive that is now running
>as an external FireWire drive that I can boot from this is a real
>pain. So, if anybody knows how I can get back nice and clean
>PostScript output that works with psfrag, I'd really appreciate it!
>Thanks in advance.
>         Ciao, Thomas
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