[OS X TeX] Graphics and latexmk in MacTeX-2009

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Aug 22 14:31:46 CEST 2009


In an attempt to make eps graphics inclusion when using pdflatex a bit  
more transparent tere have been some significant changes in the  
graphics sub-system (graphcic(s/x) and epstopdf packages) in the up  
and coming MacTeX(TeX Live)-2009.

1)The graphic(s/x) package now loads the epstopdf package when  
compiling with pdflatex.

2)The default options for the epstopdf package is now [update,append]  
which may have consequences if you don't use file extensions in your  
graphics inclusion.

3)To avoid any problems with destroying an existing special foo.pdf  
file when a foo.eps->foo.pdf conversion takes place the default  
conversion is now foo.eps->foo-eps-converted-to.pdf.

The third option leads to problems when using latexmk 4.08 and earlier  
since the base file name is changing. There is now an updated version  
of latexmk, 4.10, that will work properly with MacTeX(TeX Live)-2009.  
It is also backward compatible with MacTeX(TeX Live)-2008 and earlier.

I suggest that anyone who is using previous versions of latexmk with  
TeXShop update to this latest version by downloading  
Latexmk410TeXShop.zip from <http://homepage.mac.com/herbs2>.  
Installation is very easy and instructions are enclosed with the rest  
of the files in that archive. There is also information in the  
installation document about how to make epstopdf in MacTeX(TeX  
Live)-2009 behave as it previously did by using the [update,prepend]  
options and foo.eps->foo.pdf.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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