[OS X TeX] Distiller

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Sun Jan 29 15:16:06 EST 2006

On Sun, Jan 29, 2006 at 05:04:25PM +0100, Siep Kroonenberg wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 29, 2006 at 03:34:24PM +0000, Jonathan Kew wrote:
> > On 29 Jan 2006, at 2:14 pm, Siep Kroonenberg wrote:
> But for conversion to pdf it may not be necessary to rewrite the
> original file: just feed Ghostscript a file with code which defines
> page size and translating the eps to a (0,0) origin, then the
> original file, and then a `-c grestore' keyword.

It is in fact better not to think about fixing the eps but about
building a PostScript page around it.

The code below is a PostScript file with an eps included according
Adobe recommendations:

%%BoundingBox: 0 0 72 72
<< /PageSize [72 72] >> setpagedevice
72 10 translate
/showpage {} def

%% 8< snip

%!PS-Adobe-3.0 EPSF-3.0
%%Title: square.eps
%%BoundingBox: -72 -10 0 62
 -72 -10 moveto
 0 -10 lineto
 0 62 lineto
 -72 62 lineto
.5 setgray fill

%% 8< snip


The middle part is the unmodified original eps, except for stripping
a preview header if necessary.

It should be safe to assume that if a boundingbox comment
doesn't occur in the first 1000000 bytes, and a deferred boundingbox
comment not in the last 1000000, then it won't be there. So you
don't have to slurp the entire eps in the search for boundingbox

Siep Kroonenberg
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