[OS X TeX] Inclusion of TIFF files

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Sep 6 07:09:45 EDT 2006

On Sep 6, 2006, at 5:32 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Please do not answer along the lines of "use ImageMagick to convert  
> TIFF to another bitmap format"; or "educate your publisher so that  
> they accept PDF and JPEG file formats". The publisher must have  
> their reasons for acting as they do, I don't want to interfere  
> here, that would just be a waste of everybody's time. The idea is,  
> rather: given a specific set of constraints (TeX on OS X, LaTeX  
> journal style file, EPS format for vectorial drawings and TIFF  
> format for bitmap drawings), how to optimize the resulting output  
> and the time spent to get it?

Convert everything to .pdf which will allow both vector and bitmap  
content, but will optimize for file size. Leave the .eps and .tif  
files in place as ``source'' files. Other than using XeTeX it's your  
best option, and one which the publisher will like since they can use  
the .pdf files for quick previews / proofing.

Placing .tif is a mug's game 'cause the format has so many variations  
--- XeTeX can do it 'cause they rely on Apple to do the heavy lifting.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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