[OS X TeX] Distiller
bvoisin at mac.com
Sun Jan 29 13:39:02 EST 2006
Le 29 janv. 06 à 14:58, Maarten Sneep a écrit :
> On 29 Jan 2006, at 14:47, Alain Matthes wrote:
>> also why not use Apple Distiller by default.
>> Why do we need ghostscript? (pb of licence ?)
> Historic: Apple didn't deliver a postscript distiller until 10.3
> (or even 10.4, I regularly mix version up). Another reason is
> speed: the Apple Distiller can only distill one (eps) file at a
> time, and is rather slow.
Plus Apple Distiller doesn't use compression by default, while
GhostScript does (at least when invoked by epstopdf, when dragging
the EPS file onto TeXShop). Given that pdfTeX and XeTeX produce
compressed PDF output, this mean the compression of PDF images,
created by Apple Distiller, will be redone at each pdfTeX or XeTeX
run and make it much longer; this doesn't happen when the PDF images
have been created by GS.
That said, I have seen EPS files opened successfully by GS while
Apple Distiller couldn't open them, and I have also seen EPS files
opened successfully by Apple Distiller while GS couldn't open them.
Nowadays I tend to use Apple Distiller more and more: it's so
convenient to double-click a file in the Finder, and have Preview
open it, without bothering of which format (PNG, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, PS,
PDF, ...) the file is in. Using Apple Distiller provides more
compatibility with Mac OS X applications (such as Keynote, Pages),
while GS provides probably more compatibility when collaborating with
colleagues on Linux.
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