[OS X TeX] pdf saved in Preview produces crashes

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Dec 12 08:13:11 EST 2007

On Dec 12, 2007, at 6:05 AM, rhomunu-list at yahoo.fr wrote:

> Hello,
> I have installed Leopard (10.5.1) on 3 computers, and I can  
> reproduce the following problems on the 3:
> I have a pdf file produced by pdflatex (last version, december, but  
> also from previous versions I have the same problems).
> 1) I open this pdf file in Preview, and then I want to save it as a  
> new pdf file. At the end of the progress bar, Preview crashes.
> 2) I open this pdf file in Preview, and then I want to print it,  
> same problem!
> 3) I open this pdf file in TexShop (after typesetting or directly),  
> and then I want to print it, same problem!
> 4) In Preview or TexShop, impossible to copy a selected portion of  
> the pdf file (selection tool)...
> Is there something wrong in the pdf core API in Leopard?
> With various pdf files found on Internet, I do not have these  
> problems!
> Thanks for any suggestion.
> Thierry


The short answer is yes! Certain pdf files, that print fine under  
Tiger, seem to crash the print system in Leopard. You can still print  
the files using Adobe Reader. Besides crashing applications you can  
sometimes find a crash log for cgpdftops in /Library/Logs/ 

It appears that the inclusion of certain expert fonts (e.g., real  
small caps) can generate the problem.

I believe Apple knows about this. Hopefully it will be fixed in 10.5.2  
or .3 or ... .

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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