[OS X TeX] bizarre preview difference for TeXshop and Adobe Acrobat

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Nov 19 07:27:45 EST 2009

On Nov 18, 2009, at 4:52 PM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Could you determine the relation of 72 DPI to your display's actual  
> resolution?

The difference Ross is seeing is caused by his using the nifty feature  
for adapting screen resolution to physical screen size (TeXshop should  
add the same feature) --- one day this will be built in at the system  
level an 100% will be 100% always.

The blank bit which initially led me down this path was caused by my  
overlooking \topskip (my thanks to zappathustra on comp.text.tex for  
explaining that) --- setting that to \textlineheight and then lowering  
the rule by its width results in perfect positioning, except in  
TeXShop and Preview.app (on my machine) when using Printer's Points  
for measurements, so there's definitely a rounding error in Apple's  
PDF object.

Changing the units to PostScript Points eliminates the previewing  
error and TeXworks, since it uses Poppler doesn't have it w/ any unit.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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