[OS X TeX] Shadows of pdf in Keynote
costabel at wanadoo.fr
Sat Apr 5 11:52:03 EDT 2008
Jens Noeckel wrote:
>>> Chris Goedde wrote:
>>>> Keynote 3 is broken, though, it doesn't correctly recognize the
>>>> cropping of pdf's done in Preview (don't know if that's different in
>>>> Keynote 4).
> reading this, I tried it out on my Leopard machine, with Keynote 3 (I
> have Keynote 4 on a Tiger machine that I use predominantly). And of
> course, as Martin said, the copying from Preview is totally messed up.
Jens' python script using ghostscript works indeed.
I had a look inside the pdf files and I think I found the point where
things go wrong. It is in fact an ugly conspiracy between Leopard's
Preview and Keynote, and both are to blame. Here is the story:
The select tool in Preview introduces some additional dimensions into
the document. The page size is always described by /MediaBox, and the
select tool introduces /CropBox, which corresponds to the dimensions of
the selected area. Then there are sometimes /BleedBox and /TrimBox which
are unimportant. However, Leopard's Preview introduces additionally
/ArtBox and this is where things go wrong. It sets the /ArtBox
dimensions to the page size, and Keynote wrongly uses /ArtBox instead of
/CropBox to decide which part of the copied pdf to show.
The workaround is to remove the /ArtBox definition from the pdf that
will be pasted, or to set the /ArtBox dimensions to those of /CropBox.
Running Jens' gs script removes /ArtBox (In addition, the script says
some other rather unfriendly things about the correctness of Apple's
idea of pdf specs.)
BTW, copy-paste from TeXShop does not introduce any of these /CropBox or
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