[OS X TeX] pdf the size of printed text?

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Wed Oct 4 18:42:21 EDT 2006

On 4-okt-2006, at 0:51, Ross Moore wrote:

> All these methods work, but are way more complicated than necessary.
>  pdfTeX can do it directly.
> See the PDF examples at:
>    http://www-texdev.ics.mq.edu.au/WARM/WARMhome/node5.html

This page fails to load for me. All my comments are based on the  
snippet below.

> These are multipage PDFs containing at least one page that
> is sized to fit the content.
> The examples also have a link to download the (La)TeX source.
> There's about 10 lines of TeX coding towards the end
> that does the \shipout of a box with the correct size and
> contents.
> Here are the relevant bits:
> \newbox\shipoutbox
> \setbox\shipoutbox=\hbox{%
>   ... your LaTeX material ...
>   ... properly sized and boxed ...
> }
> \setbox0=\vbox{\kern-1truein
>    \hbox{\kern-1truein
>     \framebox{\box\shipoutbox }%
>     \kern1 truein}%
>    \kern1truein}%
> \dimen0\ht0 \advance\dimen0\dp0
> \pdfpageheight\dimen0
> \pdfpagewidth\wd0
> \shipout\box0
> That's it.
> You can put as many of these into a document as you like.
> Then you can use \includegraphics[page=<num>]{....}
> to extract the pages as separate PDF images,
> for use within other LaTeX documents.

This isn't that different from the code I use in http:// 
The main difference is that I use LaTeX methods, while this is closer  
to the metal, in the form of TeX code. Of course, my method is  
limited to a single equation, but if you keep in mind what the  
destination most likely is (a Keynote presentation), then that isn't  
much of a limitation. If I need a latex equation in another latex  
document, I'll use \input, if the need arises.

Ross, can you phrase the advantage of this code over mine?



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