[OS X TeX] Creating a dvi file

Roussanka Loukanova rloukano at stp.lingfil.uu.se
Mon Apr 16 13:17:56 EDT 2007

Thanks, Bruno. We touched upon this issue before. You've described it 
clearly, incl. the pending problems.


On Mon, 16 Apr 2007, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 16 avr. 07 à 16:44, Peter Dyballa a écrit :
>> Partly. The non-PS or non-EPS image is included in the DVI file in some 
>> special. If then dvips is used to convert the DVI file to PS, an unusable 
>> file is created because Ghostscript and PostScript cannot handle non-PS or 
>> non-EPS images.
> I just did a quick test:
> - Assume you've got TeXLive-2007 installed. If so, then simpdftex_dpmx is 
> there already, at
> 	/usr/local/texlive/2007/bin/i386-darwin/simpdftex_dpmx
> 	/usr/local/texlive/2007/bin/powerpc-darwin/simpdftex_dpmx
> - Edit TeXShop's preference Engine > TeX + dvips + distiller > Latex Program, 
> from
> 	simpdftex latex --maxpfb
> to
> 	simpdftex_dpmx latex --dpx --maxpfb
> - In TexShop's Typeset menu, make sure "TeX and Ghostscript" is selected.
> That's it! All you have to do is then create a PNG file testimage.png, and a 
> LaTeX file testlatex.tex containing
> \documentclass{article}
> \usepackage[dvipdfmx]{graphicx}
> \begin{document}
> \includegraphics{testimage.png}
> \end{document}
> and typeset this file in TeXShop, having selected the LaTeX engine.
> There's one annoying problem, though: for each .png, .jpg and .pdf file that 
> it attempts to include, LaTeX expects to find a matching .bb file containing 
> bounding box information for that file. Otherwise LaTeX will complain and 
> then stop. There may be utilities to create such .bb files from the original 
> .png, .jpg and .pdf files, but I'm not aware of them.
> I tried to specify a fake bounding box myself, in the form:
> \includegraphics[bb=0 0 12cm 15cm]
> The graphics is indeed included and visible in TeXShop's Preview window, but 
> not exactly as one would expect: the above bounding box info does not seem 
> influence the portion of the image displayed, but the size and proportions of 
> this image in the LaTeX output.
> More clearly, with [bb=0 0 12cm 15cm] I was expecting the "left-most" 12 cm 
> and "bottom-most" 15 cm of the image to be displayed in the output, with 
> their natural proportions. Indeed, it seems the whole of the image is 
> displayed, elongated vertically such that it is 12 cm wide and 15 cm tall in 
> the output.
> I'll have to stop looking at this, but I hope the above info will be enough 
> to allow others to look at the problem into more details.
> Bruno Voisin

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