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

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Apr 26 09:25:16 EDT 2007

Le 26 avr. 07 à 12:32, Peter Dyballa a écrit :

> Am 26.04.2007 um 09:55 schrieb Bruno Voisin:
>> Quelqu'un a mentionné ivtools, mais je n'ai pu comprendre d'après  
>> la documentation en ligne comment l'installer et l'utiliser.
> Fink peut:
> 	BuildDepends: x11-dev
> 	Depends: x11, ivtools1.2.3-shlibs

Actually just as your message arrived I had decided to give MacPorts  
a try, and had installed it and was building xpdf.

I was a bit worried already that installing xpdf means installing  
other libraries already installed by i-Installer, but in different  

GhostScript: 8.56 i-Installer, 8.54 MacPorts
FreeType: 2.3.1 i-Installer, 2.3.4 MacPorts
libpng: 1.2.12 i-Installer, 1.2.16 MacPorts

and probably other libraries as well (like pkgconfig), I didn't check  
everything systematically.

Then looking at TeX things start to get annoying: MacPorts knows only  
teTeX (in the print area at <http://trac.macports.org/projects/ 
macports/browser/trunk/dports/print/teTeX/Portfile>). I was thinking  
of maybe using MacPorts to compile xdvipdfmx (there is a portfile for  
it), but this dependency on teTeX makes it out of the question.

And then ivtools: there's an portfile for it <http:// 
ivtools/Portfile>, and I did the install. However, after installing I  
couldn't find the drawtool executable which according to the doc  
<http://www.ivtools.org/ivtools/faq.html#importpostscript> seems to  
be the one to use to edit (E)PS files (it invokes pstoedit to convert  
EPS to ivtools' idraw format and back transparently), and I was puzzled.

Looking a bit more, it seems MacPorts installs version 1.0.7 of  
ivtools, from 2002, while the current version is 1.2.4, from 2006.  

I tried compiling version 1.2.4 directly, using the standard ./ 
configure, make and sudo make install sequence: configure and make  
can't proceed, they complain about a missing command imake.

As far as I'm concerned that's the final blow: there is for sure a  
way to sort out this mess, but I can't possibly devote more time to  
it. And I'm even more reluctant to try Fink than MacPorts. I'm going  
back to the simplicity of Mac OS X, i-Installer and Illustrator, and  
will erase the MacPorts install at once...

Thanks for the help in any case. That's interesting stuff, but I  
simply can't devote as much time to it as is required to make it work.

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