[OS X TeX] OT: looking for a public-domain EPS file editor

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Wed Apr 25 13:12:16 EDT 2007

Le 25 avr. 07 à 15:22, Bruno Voisin a écrit :

> That's all! You can just double-click epspdf.app in the Finder, and  
> you'll be presented with a nice and no-nonsense GUI. The option to  
> remove unnecessary invisible objects corresponds to the checkbox  
> "Compute tight boundingbox".

Actually, getting now hold of the original Tecplot file instead of  
the test file I had created, the script epspdf appears not to work on  
that particular file. It seems the file is so deeply wrong that only  
Illustrator can make it right.

To be more specific, I've posted temporarily the 3 files at <http:// 

- bulle-orig.eps: the original Tecplot file

- bulle-epspdf.eps: the result of asking for a tight bounding box in  

- bulle-ai.eps: the result of ungrouping the elements in Illustrator  
then suppressing the unwanted "frame"

On other matters, it appears Cenon can open EPS successfully when you  
replace the recent GhostScript 8.56 from i-Installer by the old  
GhostScript 6.52 from the Cenon site. However, Cenon seems to have  
problems with embedded fonts, and the EPS code it produces seems  
faulty anyway (mirrored elements, erroneous bounding box).

Thanks for everybody's help. Personally I'm giving up, as this is all  
largely beyond my knowledge. Illustrator allows on the Mac to deal  
with this. The local Linux gurus I've spoken with here told you can't  
avoid on Linux to use ImageMagick's convert to convert to bitmap and  
then crop the conversion.

Bruno Voisin
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