[OS X TeX] [External] watermarks

Nitecki, Zbigniew H. Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu
Fri Apr 28 21:54:07 EDT 2023

ps: with the updated stuff your example worked out fine (Yes, I see that the watermark is too big).  But my current problem is huge.

On Apr 28, 2023, at 21:51, ZIGGY NITECKI <zbigniew.nitecki at tufts.edu<mailto:zbigniew.nitecki at tufts.edu>> wrote:

I copied your tex file and ran it with the following results:

Looking at the log, I realized that my TeXLive had not been updated for six years.  So I went ahead and updated (meaning I downloaded and installed the latest MacTex) and went back to my book project, commented out all references to draftwatermark, and re-compiled the book project.

That proved to be a catastrophic mistake.  The output was the first 13 pages out of 588.  Looking at the console, the errors all seem to involve the code for basic applications, like PSTricks, which I have no idea how to enter and/or fix.  Here are the log, the output, and the tex “master file” that calls everything else.  Any idea how I can even begin to troubleshoot?  At this point I at TRULY DESPERATE for help.

My macbook pro is running macOS 12.6.5 Monterey, TeXShop is version 5.12, and TeXLive Utility is version 1.54.  So everything is up to date, I think.
(In TeXLive>Updates there is a very long list of  packages, almost all listed as “update available”.  How does one perform an update—can it done for all of them at once?

Zbigniew Nitecki
Department of Mathematics
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Dept.    (617)627-3234
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On Apr 28, 2023, at 18:28, Herbert Schulz via MacOSX-TeX <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu<mailto:macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu>> wrote:

On Apr 28, 2023, at 4:24 PM, Nitecki, Zbigniew H. <Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu<mailto:Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu>> wrote:

I have a long (500+ pp) book project that I want to watermark before distributing it locally. None of my standard references (Latex Companion, Latex Grphics Companion, Herbert Voss’s PSTricks) seem to have any information about watermarks.
Can anyone suggest an effective quick-and-dirty way to accomplish this?  My document style is memoire and I use xcolor for colors.

I came across the draftwatermark package and thought it would be the solution to my problem.
The simple command
does result in the default: the word “DRAFT” in fairly faint gray tilted 45 degrees in the middle of each page.  But it’s a bit too faint and small for me.

I tried this package with options on a small test file (using the documentclass article) involving one page consisting of a paragraph with a labelled quote inside.  Of course the bare-bones version works equally well on this test file.

However, if I try to modify it, specifically
if I write the command as
 \usepackage[color={[gray](0.5)}, text=PRELIMINARY]{draftwatermark}
in the same position (as the last of the \usepackage commands) in the small test file,
instead of printing “PRELIMINARY” as desired, the error  message
“missing \begin{document}” is generated in the console, the labelled quote inside the paragraph gets messed up, and the text is preceded by “,2”.
If I restrict myself to
it doesn’t recognize the option: I get the default behavior but the paragraph is preceded with “text=PRELIMINARY”.
If I augment the simple \usepackage{draftwatermark} command supplemented with
either before or after \begin{document} the output is the same, because the command  \DraftwatermarkOptions  is an undefined command.
Any ideas how to proceed?

Zbigniew Nitecki
Department of Mathematics
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Dept.    (617)627-3234
Dept. fax    (617)627-3966


Hmmm... the following example seems to work (well, the text is too large) and is basically copied from the documentation:

% !TEX program = pdflatex
\title{Sample document for the draftwatermark package}

I've got a fully updated TeX Live 2023 originally installed by MacTeX.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
herbs2 at mac.com<mailto:herbs2 at mac.com>

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