[OS X TeX] Modified simpdftex for DVIPDFM and DVIPDFMx

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Feb 6 10:11:48 EST 2007

Le 6 févr. 07 à 07:07, Jin-Hwan Cho a écrit :

> I'd like to introduce "simpdftex_dpmx", a modified version of
> "simpdftex" in MacTeX-20061110. The only change is to allow
> using DVIPDFM and DVIPDFMx as well as DVIPS+distiller.
> Without any option, the default DVIPS+distiller will be used.
> If "--dpx" option is attached, DVIPDFMx will be used to generate
> PDF from DVI. On the other hand, "--dpm" option is attached,
> DVIPDFM will be used.
> It can be downloaded from the following URL:
> http://project.ktug.or.kr/dvipdfmx/contrib/bin/simpdftex-dpmx
> Installation is simple. Just replace /usr/local/teTeX/bin/.../ 
> simpdftex
> with the attached file (after renaming the filename).
> The program might be useful for TeX users who need to use DVIPDFM
> or DVIPDFMx in some cases. I hope the author of simpdftex check
> the program.

First, I should say sorry for not having realized in my message of  
this morning that you were precisely the developer of dvipdfmx.  
Thanks to William Adams for pointing this to me off-list, thereby  
avoiding that I make more of a fool of myself.

Regarding simpdftex_dpmx:

- The usage info does not document the option --dvipdfopts.

- Maybe it's time to modify the original simpdftex, and also add an  
option --distiller-opts, allowing to specify the option "- 
dAutoRotatePages=/None" of ps2pdf, as suggested in <http://tug.org/ 
pipermail/macostex-archives/2007-February/028509.html> (should the  
suggestion be correct, of course, I'm not sure about that).

In the long term, could simpdftex accommodate running xetex and  
xdvipdfmx (or xdv2pdf) as well? That would imply, I imagine, more  
extensive modifications:

- Replace the --dpm and --dpx options by one --dvipdf which could be  
invoked as either of:


and such that the use of this flag switches the use of dvips and  
distiller off.

- Add an option --tex-prog which could accept as input something like  
"xetex -no-pdf". Or would simply

	simpdftex "xelatex -no-pdf"

work the same way as does

	simpdftex latex

- Make sure that .xdv extensions could be accepted in addition to .dvi.

Maybe that's all useless, given XeTeX includes already all the  
switches necessary to produce PDF output and does not need simpdftex;  
I was just thinking aloud.

Bruno Voisin
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