[OS X TeX] A bug of Apple pdf routines that affects to TeX ?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Jan 8 14:00:51 EST 2009

On Jan 8, 2009, at 10:27 AM, Juan Luis Varona wrote:

> Dear TeXfriends,
> I think that I have found an irritating bug of Apple pdf routines
> that affects to TeX in a Mac.
> I send a example that explain the problem.
> Thanks in advance,
> Juan Luis Varona
> \documentclass[12pt]{article}
> \title{I think that this shows a bug of Apple pdf routines that  
> affects to TeX}
> \author{Juan Luis Varona}
> \date{}
> \begin{document}
> \maketitle
> Compare the alignement of the third symbol ``$|$'' in the following
> formulas with~``$+$'' and~``$-$'':
> $|x| + |y|$
> $|x| - |y|$
> In the pdf generated with pdflatex, it is very well aligned.
> But the alignment fails after~``$-$'' IF YOU PRINT with the Apple  
> Preview
> (both in the paper and in a pdf in the hard disk), and also if, with  
> TeXShop,
> you print or you select the formulas and drag it to the hard disk  
> (as a pdf).
> I do not know the reason, but the~``$|$'' is too close to the~``$- 
> $'' and
> too far to the~``$-$''.
> No similar problem arises printing (in a paper) with Adobe Reader.
> I do not know where to report this problem (or if it is already  
> known).
> Can some guru in the list to help?
> I have checked the problem with Mac OS X 10.5.2 to 10.5.6
> (I do not have older Macs).
> Yours,
> Juan Luis
> \end{document}


I can confirm having this problem with the pdf file produced with  
pdflatex. Printing via Apple's PDF API adds space between that | and  
the following y even though the pdf display is correct. It may be a  
problem (Apple had a bad pdf printing problem in early versions of  
Leopard) with the printer interface. Since Adobe uses their own  
printer interface it prints perfectly there.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

More information about the MacOSX-TeX mailing list