[OS X TeX] Beamer problem with simpdflatex/dvips

ludling ludling at aol.com
Wed Feb 10 18:22:28 EST 2010

On Feb 10, 2010, at 5:57 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Feb 10, 2010, at 4:26 PM, ludling wrote:
>> I recently decided to try out Beamer, and I encountered a problem when compiling with the default TeXShop settings for "tex and dvi" (simpdftex latex --maxpfb).  The output contains everything it is supposed to, but each slide is located in the lower left corner of the page, with the page itself being in portrait mode and with the default size of a regular document.
>> This problem does not occur with pdflatex, which creates slides of the correct orientation and size, and with the slide contents taking up the entire page as expected.

> I'm not seeing a problem simpdftex and a beamer presentation I compile here. While I do have some additional options set none would account for your problem. Are you sure you don't have something (e.g., some configuration file) in your personal texmf or texmf-local tree that is interfering here?
> Maybe you can give us a small but compilable sample file that shows this behavior on your system so we can take a look at it.

Hi Herb, thanks for the reply!  The minimal example from my original email (repeated at the end of this message) compiles just fine under pdflatex, but not with simpdftex.  As far as I know, I don't have any interfering files, just the default TL 2009 installation, with the most recent updates via TLU.  I do have some packages in my personal texmf directory, but nothing that should be affecting this (none of those packages are even used in the minimal example).

Here are some links to discussions elsewhere concerning what appears to be the same issue:





There is a proposed solution (using "dvips -t unknown"), but I don't know how I would do that in TeXShop, so I haven't been able to test it.


Minimal example:


\title{Beamer Problem}
\author{Nathan Sanders}


\begin{frame}{Title Frame}


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