[OS X TeX] Is this geometry behavior correct?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Apr 5 11:16:38 EDT 2007

On Apr 5, 2007, at 9:42 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 05.04.2007 um 15:40 schrieb Herbert Schulz:
>> The pdf produced via latex->dvips->ps2pdf (tex+ghostcript) appears  
>> clearly in portrait orientation in TeXShop's viewer (didn't try  
>> Preview) while the one produced directly via pdflatex processing  
>> is in landscape mode.
> And the text orientation?


The text orientation is horizontal in both cases; the pdf page is  
clearly landscape oriented with pdflatex or (tex+ghostscript) with  
the [dvips] option for geometry processing but portrait oriented with  
(tex+ghostscript) processing without the [dvips] option to geometry.

> Have you tried to invoke dvips with '-t landscape'? You know,  
> simpdftex accepts some extra arguments for dvips or the distiller ...
> DVI has no syntax to record the size of the area some text or  
> whatever would be printed – this is known by (La)TeX. DVI 'has move  
> to, choose this font at that size and draw the specified  
> character.' So you need to tell dvips, dvipdfm(x), xdvi which paper  
> in which orientation will be used. All have some DEFAULT value in  
> mind for ease of use. But when *you* intend not to use it ...
> The little utility dvitype can translate the DVI file's contents to  
> something more readable.
> --
> Greetings
>   Pete

I think the point is that I thought the geometry package detected the  
orientation and executed all the correct commands/specials  
automatically. It appears that the algorithm it is using to  
automatically detect which engine is being used doesn't quite work  
properly since it needs ``help'' in picking out the correct engine.


I think the point I'm trying to make
Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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