[OS X TeX] Preparation of illustrations for press
bvoisin at mac.com
Wed Mar 26 03:52:02 EDT 2008
Le 26 mars 08 à 08:00, Bernhard Barkow a écrit :
> Since pdflatex (assuming you want to use pdflatex) cannot include
> TIFs, using PDF is a good choice, better than PNG simply for color
> management reasons (I don't know if profiles can be embedded in
> PNGs, and how pdflatex would handle them; apart from that, PNGs can
> only be RGB, not CMYK as far as I know).
There seem to be two options to include TIFF files in LaTeX documents :
- Convert TIFF to PDF, then use pdfTeX. The TIFF library (libtiff
available through i-Installer) provides a command-line tool tiff2pdf.
A GUI alternative is Preview (open the TIFF file, then Save As and
choose the PDF format).
- Convert TIFF to PNG, say, then use pdfTeX. OS X provides a command-
line tool called sips (for scriptable image processing system)
allowing manipulation of raster image files. I just tried
sips --setProperty format png afile.tif --out afile.png
which seems to work. Preview, again, offers a GUI alternative.
- Use XeTeX, making sure that it calls behind the lines the XDVI-to-
PDF converter xdv2pdf. XDVI is XeTeX's extended DVI format. xdv2pdf
allows direct inclusion of TIFF files. In the version of XeTeX
included in TeXLive-2007 (and hence MacTeX), xdv2pdf is the default
XDVI-to-PDF converter. In the bleeding-edge version available from the
XeTeX SVN repository, the cross-platform xdvipdfmx has replaced the OS
X-specific xdv2pdf as the default XDVI-to-PDF converter. Alas,
xdvipdfmx can't include TIFF files. Hence, you've got to specify using
xdv2pdf. For example, I've created a new TeXShop engine XeLaTeX-
set path= ($path /usr/texbin /usr/local/bin)
xelatex -output-driver="xdv2pdf" "$1"
Why use the SVN version of XeTeX? Though no new version of XeTeX has
been officially released since TeXLive-2007, there have been many bug
fixes and enhancements, in response to reports and requests on the
XeTeX mailing list. Compiling the new version is as easy as having
Xcode installed, getting the source tarball http://scripts.sil.org/svn-view/xetex/TRUNK.tar.gz
, extracting it in say ~/Library/Donwloads, then typing in Terminal
sudo sh install-xetex
The instructions at http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=xetex_linux#96c5d158
are outdated in this respect, there is no need to compile xdvipdfmx
separately, it's now included in the xetex compilation process.
Hope this helps,
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