[OS X TeX] Re: IEEE .pdf Checker
amorton at fastmail.fm
Wed Apr 9 17:57:48 EDT 2008
> I'm sorry that I haven't been able to follow the advice in the
> correspondence that followed. For now I was able to submit my .tex
> files and get it converted to pdf by the IEEE. Unfortunately they
> only give 3 chances to pass the checker on each paper being
> submitted. (I did successfully submit a paper over a year ago
> without any difficulty and I don't recall making any changes since
> then - but I must have).
No, you haven't changed anything, it's just that the IEEE has for some
reason got nit-picky about what version your PDF file is.
There is no reason whatever that an ordinary PDF paper needs to use a
version of PDF newer than 1.3 (the one produced by Acrobat 4), but it
seems the IEEE now regards this as 'obsolete' and insists on PDF 1.4
(as produced by Acrobat 5). It strikes me as an instance of 'quality
control gone mad' but we'll have to live with it.
An up-to-date pdftex will indeed produce PDF version 1.4, as others
have stated. But I gather you're using TeX+ghostscript processing,
since you're including EPS images, and for some reason the current
MacTeX distribution installs as the default PDF converter the one that
produces 'obsolete' version 1.3 output - even though it also provides
a PDF converter for version 1.4.
The 'cleanest' remedy, assuming you installed MacTeX, might just be to
type the following commands in Terminal:
sudo rm ps2pdf
sudo ln -s ps2pdf14 ps2pdf
and type your password when prompted to do so. Again, on the
assumption you installed MacTeX, this will do no harm since the
'ps2pdf' installed is just a byte-for-byte copy of 'ps2pdf13' that you
will also find in the same place. (You can check this yourself by
typing 'diff ps2pdf ps2pdf13' in Terminal after doing the 'cd /usr/
local/bin': if you don't see any output from this the two are indeed
Unfortunately, this may not fix everything if you use TeXShop, since
the 'simpdftex' script it uses for TeX+ghostscript processing hard-
codes the use of ps2pdf13 by default. So in this case you need to do
what Bruno suggested. Go to the TeXShop Preferences, select the
'Engine' tab, and then look at the box near the bottom right that will
simpdftex latex --maxpfb
and change this to
simpdftex latex --maxpfb --distiller ps2pdf14
or (perhaps better), if you used the commands above, to
simpdftex latex --maxpfb --distiller ps2pdf
which might be more future-proof.
Hopefully this will sort out your problems.
(Note to the MacTeX maintainers: there's probably a case for replacing
'ps2pdf13' with 'ps2pdf' in the simpdftex script, and ensuring ps2pdf
is linked to the current version instance.)
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