[OS X TeX] eps to pdf conversion

Ross Moore ross.moore at mq.edu.au
Thu Oct 14 15:40:03 EDT 2010

Hi Themis,

Sent from my iPad

On 15/10/2010, at 5:33 AM, Themis Matsoukas <tmatsoukas at me.com> wrote:

> Dear list,
> I have an eps figure in illustrator CS5 which when I drop on TexShop gives me  an empty pdf (same when I typeset with \includegraphics). If I open the eps in preview, or if I save as pdf from inside AI CS5, the graphic is fine. Any ideas about how to troubleshoot? 
> The part of the console log that seems to be relevant is below:
> [7]Error: /undefined in dobe-3.1

This looks like part of the initial header comment
    %!PS Adobe-3.1
either of the .eps file itself, or of an embedded sub-image.

You can open your image file in a plane text editor and search for this.
Probably you will find some characters immediately before it which can be safely removed. But work on a copy, so you can recover from any editing mistakes. 

Send me a copy of the file off-list. I'll see if I can get a version that works for both Ghostscript and earlier versions of Illustrator.

> Operand stack:
> Execution stack:
>   %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   false   1   %stopped_push   1878   1   3   %oparray_pop   1878   1   3   %oparray_pop   1877   1   3   %oparray_pop   1861   1   3   %oparray_pop   1755   1   3   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   %errorexec_pop   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--
> Dictionary stack:
>   --dict:1156/1684(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:70/200(L)--
> Current allocation mode is local
> Last OS error: 2
> GPL Ghostscript 8.71: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1
> <figures/fig_hierarchy.pdf, id=108, 614.295pt x 794.97pt>
> <use figures/fig_hierarchy.pdf>
> Themis

Hope this helps,



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