[OS X TeX] Distiller

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Sat Jan 28 19:42:53 EST 2006

Hi Maarten,

On 29/01/2006, at 8:14 AM, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> ... you need epstopdf, unless the eps specifies the bounding box at  
> the end of the file. Then you need to jump through hoops to get the  
> conversion correct ...

With a simple text editor you can just copy the information
at the end, the paste it back at the top, replacing the line:
   %%BoundingBox (atend)

This is just 10-15 seconds work with  'vi'  or 'emacs',
and not much more with 'alpha', 'BBedit' or 'TextEdit'.

When there are many such .eps files to be processed together,
then 'vi' is a fabulous tool for handling multiple files.
Someone even more Unix-y than me could do it also with
a script employing 'perl' , 'sed' , or 'awk' .

> ... (I would advise to avoid tools that produce such output if  
> possible).

Sorry, I cannot agree with this kind of advice.

If a tool does well at what it is designed for, then use it.
The fact that it may not deliver its output in a way that is
the most convenient for other tools to use should not be seen
as diminishing it in any way. A good craftsman will have
sufficiently many generic tools at his/her disposal to easily
overcome such minor quirks.

> Maarten

Hope this helps,


Ross Moore                                         ross at maths.mq.edu.au
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Macquarie University                               tel: +61 +2 9850 8955
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