[OS X TeX] Turning eps to pdf problems

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Sun May 21 23:21:34 EDT 2006

Hi Stephen,

On 22/05/2006, at 10:05 AM, Stephen Moye wrote:

>> Can you put it on a web-site, then send the URL ?
>> That's always the best, since only people who are interested
>> will download it, at their own leisure.
> Excellent idea:
> http://homepage.mac.com/stephenmoye/FileSharing6.html

OK. I've had a look at your  testfonts.eps .

On dragging it to TeXshop, I get a nice PDF.
The document info object is:

2 0 obj
<</Producer(AFPL Ghostscript 8.13)
/Creator(Sibelius for Macintosh version 4.1.0 on Mac OS X Tiger)

The Opus fonts are emdedded as Type 3, containing PostScript
programming code snippets for the outlines of characters.

It could be that the Type 3 nature is what is causing problems
with other software.

Upon calling   epstopdf testfonts.eps
the result is virtually identical, since this also uses Ghostscript.

One quirk is that your file  testfonts.eps  contains binary data.
There's a little bit before the usual header line:
   %!PS-Adobe-3.0 EPSF-3.0
and a substantial amount after the  %%EOF  .
Presumably the latter is a bitmapped image.

That latter coding causes  epstopdf  to apparently fail.
In fact the translation has already been completed, so the
error message can be ignored.

If those outside binary portions are removed, then the
translation is done correctly and without error by  epstopdf .

The result from using Apple's  pstopdf  is equally good.
So I cannot see any real problem at all with your example.

Hope this helps,


> Thank you!

Ross Moore                                         ross at maths.mq.edu.au
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