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

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Tue May 1 09:34:17 EDT 2007

```On 5/1/07, André Bellaïche <abellaic at math.jussieu.fr> wrote:
> I have some difficulty in following the present discussion: too much
> command-line for me.
>
> But it reminds me of a problem which lies in pdftex, and has never
> been solved (as far as I know).
>
> When you make a pdf file with Illustrator (Illustrator CS 2) and try
> to include it into a LaTeX file by using \includegraphics, you see
> that pdftex deals with it as if the page size was A4 or letter
> (something big, anyway). It cannot read the bounding box.
>
> The solution I have found, after some discussion on this list is:
>
> - use Illustrator to transform the pdf into an eps file;
> - use epstopdf to allow pdftex to read the file.
>
> In this way, you obtain the right bounding box.
>
> If the problem lies in pdftex, maybe the authors could eliminate it
> in the next version.

You are right, Illustrator outputs pdf as if A4 or letter on this side
of Atlantic. However all your conversions are not needed:

You can use Acrobat to crop pdf file or   command-line  pdfcrop which
is a part of TeX distribution

>
> André Bellaïche
>
> P.S. I don't mind using Illustrator. Department of Mathematics in
> Paris-Diderot is not one of the richest institutions in the world,
> but it can afford buying Illustrator (with a cheap Site license) for
> all the members of the Department who ask for it.
>
>
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>

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