[OS X TeX] TeXniscope DVI display bug?

Christopher Menzel cmenzel at tamu.edu
Fri Nov 17 19:43:34 EST 2006

Well, that's an improvement, as it centers the text on the page both  
vertically and horizontally, which was not the case before (the text  
was slightly offset up and to the left) but I'm still getting what  
appears to be A4.  Here's a screenshot, showing a PDF (generated by  
pdflatex) side by side with the DVI file generated from the same  
LaTeX document.


On Nov 17, 2006, at 6:17 PM, Claus Gerhardt wrote:

> Use the command
> \special{papersize=8.5in,11in}
> or whatever are the dimensions of letter paper immediately after  
> the documentclass command.
> Claus
> On Nov 17, 2006, at 21:34, Christopher Menzel wrote:
>> This *sounds* at first like a newbie problem, but I swear it  
>> isn't! :-)  For reasons related to a problem I've been  
>> experiencing with the simultaneous use of pdfsync and preview- 
>> latex, I am using "latex -src-specials" to compile my LaTeX  
>> documents.  This, of course, creates DVI files rather than PDF  
>> files.  I am using TeXniscope to view these files, as it preserves  
>> source specials info so I can have inverse search.  This works  
>> just fine, but for one thing:  when I view the file with  
>> TeXniscope the file displays on what appears to be A4 paper.  Now  
>> I am long since familiar with the usual causes of this, and of  
>> course reran texconfig,  both from the main menu and the DVIPS  
>> menu, just to make sure I am using lettersize.  And if I compile  
>> my documents with pdflatex instead, TeXniscope displays them  
>> correctly as lettersize.  Also, if I save the file as a PDF when  
>> it's displaying A4-ishly in TeXniscope, TeXniscope displays the  
>> resulting file correctly!  And here's the clincher:  xdvi displays  
>> the *very same* DVI file correctly.  TeXniscope warns that  
>> problems with DVI display are usually traceable to dvipdfmx, which  
>> it allegedly uses for rendering DVI.  However, the TeXniscope  
>> preferences show the dvipdfm program to be /usr/local/TeXLive/bin/ 
>> i386-apple-darwin-current/dvipdfm, and when I run that from the  
>> command line on the raw DVI file, the resulting PDF file also  
>> displays correctly.  (As an aside, dvipdfmx also creates a PDF  
>> file that displays as lettersize, but the fonts look horrible.)
>> Anybody have any idea what's going on here?
>> Chris Menzel

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