[OS X TeX] Illustrator update?

Martin Costabel costabel at wanadoo.fr
Wed Jul 22 05:41:07 EDT 2009

James A. Mingo wrote:
> I also save Illustrator (version 10) files as eps but use
> Preview.app to convert. This may produce the same result as
> dropping on the TeXShop icon.

Not really. Preview.app uses /usr/bin/pstopdf to convert, and it 
produces by default a whole page pdf. You can use Preview's crop tool to 
cut the size down to what you want, but AFAIK automatic cropping at the 
boudning box is not possible with /usr/bin/pstopdf.

TeXShop uses the pstopdf script that comes with texlive, which in turn 
runs a ruby script from ConTeXt and finally uses ghostscript. It crops 
automatically at the bounding box (and produces smaller pdf than Apple's 

But since Greg said that epstopdf did not work for his files, dropping 
on TeXShop will probably not work either. Using Preview.app and manually 
cropping, while "slow and cumbersome", may be a good idea then.


> On Tue, 21 Jul 2009, John Rawnsley wrote:
>> Hi,
>> No reason to update from CS2.
>> I convert my old eps files to pdf by dropping them on the TeXShop icon (and
>> then option-close all the windows). Anything else is slow and cumbersome.
>> John
>> On 2009-07-21, at 01:11, Greg St. George wrote:
>>> Folks:
>>> Please forgive this ancient query, I know this question was probably
>>> answered years ago, but my search of the FAQ's did not turn it up.
>>> XeTeX has convinced me to finally give up my ancient OzteX and move to the
>>> TeXshop & the modern distribution.  Everything comes over with little effort
>>> except for my old graphics, pretty much all of which are .eps files produced
>>> by Illustrator.  The version I have is CS-2, the current one is CS-4, I
>>> think.  Reopening these and saving as .pdf or using epstopdf always places
>>> the graphic in a separate page, so I think I have a bounding box problem.
>>> Does upgrading Illustrator fix this problem, or is there some other simple
>>> fix?
>>> Again sorry to be so out of date.
>>> Greg
>> --
>> John Rawnsley | <http://go.warwick.ac.uk/jhrawnsley>
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