[OS X TeX] pdfsync.sty testers needed

Franck Pastor pastor at fusl.ac.be
Mon Nov 27 17:50:03 EST 2006

Le 27-nov.-06 à 10:00, Jérome Laurens a écrit :

> Hi,
> the package now contains stronger code than ever thanks D. Kastrup
> which is good news because David's knowledge in LaTeX is far beyond  
> what I will ever reach...
> pdfsync.sty is expected to work correctly in almost all situations  
> but if you could make some tests on long production documents, it  
> would help a lot.
> Now, pdfsync requires pdfetex like engines (including xetex I  
> guess), what most people should already have, no need to switch.
> usage
> \usepackage{pdfsync}
> of
> \usepackage[novbox]{pdfsync}
> in case of problems.
> There are 2 situations where there can be a problem:
> 1 -  for the layout, spacing or page breaking can be affected. This  
> would be extremely rare.
> 2 - for the code, some incompatibility exists with actual packages:  
> with bigfoot, pdfsync must be run in novbox mode
> Finally, let me emphasize that pdfsync.sty is -not- an obsolete  
> technology, despite what is said here and there.
> TIA for your contribution

I have tested it on a few small articles with no problems at all, and  
on an article of 50 pages. It produces only one strange  
"cryptic" (for me) error:

[32] [MP to PDF] (./cours-analyse-limite-91.36! Bad register code  
<everyhbox> ...hbox \bgroup \@PDFSYNC \setbox \z@
                                                   \hbox \bgroup  
\bgroup \aft...
l.76 (2) cmr12 11.95517 fshow
! Bad register code (4027814).
<everyhbox> ...PDFSYNC at unblockedfalse \setbox \z@
                                                   \hbox \bgroup  
\@PDFSYNC \s...
l.76 (2) cmr12 11.95517 fshow
? h
A register number must be between 0 and 32767.
I changed this one to zero.


The line 76 has nothing particular :

"C'est une schématisation convenable du matériau élastique plastique  
sans écrouissage ni viscosité. La partie parfaitement plastique est  
définie par une fonction seuil dite \og critère de plasticité\fg."

This article is a "syllabus" with numerous figures in it, produced by  
Metapost via the package mfpic. On others articles with that kind of  
pictures, pdfsync worked very well, so I'm not able to produce a  
complete minimal exemple. I will try, though.


Franck Pastor

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