[OS X TeX] ps2pdf with(out) texshop

Alain Matthes alain.matthes at mac.com
Tue Dec 1 11:10:12 EST 2009


When I compile with dvi-ps-pdf with ghostscript it's always ps2pdf13
that is used

End of a log

### ps2pdf13 /tmp/altpdflatex.38942-1259682888/hsv-shading.ps /tmp/altpdflatex.38942-1259682888/hsv-shading.pdf
### Copying/moving pdf file /tmp/altpdflatex.38942-1259682888/hsv-shading.pdf to hsv-shading.pdf
### Succesfully generated hsv-shading.dvi and hsv-shading.pdf

How to use ps2pdf14 without create a personal engine ?

In the help odf simpdftex I read :
"simpdftex compiles the file with {LA}TeX, processes the DVI file with dvips into
PostScript and uses gs to produce pdf (with ps2pdf)."

ps2pdf is not ps2pdf13 ! ps2pdf calls ps2pdf13 or ps2pdf14 

Then, there are some  strange things in the altpdflatex script ( inside TeXshop) or in
 simpdftex in TeXlive

In the script, I read

# Version 1.4:	Moved path changes to just before calling gs so that only
#		ps2pdf is affected


# Version 2.6:	Use ps2pdf13 as the default distiller

then in the code

# Default distiller is ps2pdf from /usr/local/bin in no filter mode
# as the direct call to a filtering gs does not work yet for some reason 

#distillerprog="/usr/local/bin/gs -dCompatibility=1.3 -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=- -c save pop"

I don't understand... is it impossible to launch ps2pdf?
 because in ps2pdf of mactex 2009 we have 


ps2pdf="`dirname $0`/ps2pdf$version"
if test ! -x "$ps2pdf"; then
exec "$ps2pdf" "$@" 

and I prefer working with ps2pdf14. 

It is more easy to change the number 14 with 13 in ps2pdf instead to modify
altpdflatex or simpdftex with 

Best Regards

Alain Matthes

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