[texworks] Batch Converting Postscript files to PDF files without leaving the windows open

Uwe Ziegenhagen ziegenhagen at gmail.com
Sun Apr 6 15:38:40 CEST 2014

There is an overlap in the audience, I had read your question at TSX,
already. What happenend to the advice given there?

If I can recall, it was suggested to simply run a bash script (that calls
the ghostscript command line tool) on the command line. This should not
leave them open.


2014-04-06 4:21 GMT+02:00 eSage Techie <steve.k at esage.co.nz>:

> I have placed a similar request for help a*t
> tex.stackexchange.com/questions <http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions>,*so apologies if this reaches the same audience. I am hoping it won't.
> With Mac OS 10.7.5 I need to convert about 13,800 PostScript files to PDF
> and find that of the apps that use Ghostscript and Apple's own distiller
> (Such as *Preview* or the* PS-to-PDF* app), only Ghostscript will work. I
> have tried the Ghostscript app *Pstill*, but it doesn't do a  good job in
> my case.
> I have installed *TeXworks* package and find that *TeXworks* and *TeXShop*correctly distill the PostScript files but leaves the PDFs on-screen, so
> batch processing means that the app takes progressively longer and longer
> to process files as the memory fills up and the screen is full of PDFs. Eg.
> The first 250 files take 5 minutes. The next 250 takes 10 minutes, and so
> on till the app stops responding. Even after completing only 250 files,
> *TeXShop* stops responding for ages so it tales a long time to start to
> close the on-screen PDFs.
> To get around this problem, I figure that either *TeXShop* (1st
> preference as it seems faster) or *TeXworks* must be able to covert
> (distill) these files without leaving them open or without opening them
> on-screen in the first place.
> *So, question*: How can *TeXShop* or any other similar GhostScript app be
> configured to batch process the files? I can't find built in tools for this
> but can't believe it's not possible. I considered using *Automator* app
> but gave up because i still couldn't find a way to progressively process
> the files and close the window after each conversion.
> I am new to the whole PS to PDF distilling scene so I prefer a solution
> that's not very difficult to implement for a newbie. I am confident to mess
> with scripts and *Terminal* if I have clear instruction.
> Any help is much appreciated.
> ----- configuration info -----
> TeXworks version : 0.4.4r1004 (release)
> Install location : /Applications/TeX/TeXworks.app
> Library path     : /Users/esage/Library/TeXworks/
> pdfTeX location  : not found
> Operating system : Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Darwin Kernel Version 11.4.2: Thu Aug
> 23 16:26:45 PDT 2012; root:xnu-1699.32.7~1/RELEASE_I386)
> Qt4 version      : 4.8.1 (build) / 4.8.1 (runtime)
> ------------------------------

Uwe Ziegenhagen
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