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

Chris Goedde cgoedde at condor.depaul.edu
Wed Apr 25 16:30:00 EDT 2007

On Apr 25, 2007, at 2:37 PM, I wrote:

> The problem is the line:
> initmatrix
> in the original file. The redbook says the following: "There are  
> few situations in which a PostScript language program should  
> execute initmatrix explicitly. A page description that executes  
> initmatrix usually produces incorrect results if it is embedded  
> within another, composite page."
> If I comment out that line (i.e. put a % at the front), then run
> gs -sDEVICE=bbox -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH bulle-orig.eps
> ghostscript gives me the right bounding box. If I then paste that  
> bounding box into bulle-orig.eps in place of the existing bounding  
> box, then
> epstopdf bulle-orig.eps
> produces a correctly cropped figure.

Actually, it's simpler than that. All you have to do is comment out  
(or remove) the 'initmatrix' line and then epstopdf will produce a  
correct pdf file.

Probably the reason that Illustrator works is because it's smart  
enough to just ignore the initmatrix command altogether when it reads  
in eps files.

Chris Goedde

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