[Mac OS X TeX] OSX 10.1 crashes on epstopdf'ed pdf's

Gerben Wierda sherlock at rna.nl
Wed Oct 31 12:28:38 CET 2001

<x-flowed>On Wednesday, October 31, 2001, at 10:18 , Georges Vael wrote:

> Hi,
> Since I installed MacOSX 10.1, its previewer crashes (and thus also 
> TeXShop) on figures  that I produced with 'epstopdf' from MatLab saved 
> eps files . Under OS 10.0.4 the same files did not cause crashes.
> If I convert the same eps files with Acrobat Distiller, everything 
> works OK. I could - and will if nothing else works - reproduce all 
> files using Distiller, but that would cost some time as I do not keep 
> the eps files but rather the original figures (MatLab, Canvas etc.).
> I would appreciate any thoughts/experiences on this matter.

This is a known extremely serious bug in Apple's Quartz display engine. 
Please report this bug to Apple. Many have and the more do, the more 
quickly we will get a fix. There is nothing Cocoa developers can do 
about this at the moment.

There are more bugs (and omissions) in 10.1's PDF engine.

A workaround is to open these files only in Acrobat (which only in a 
limited way uses Quartz), either the Carbon version under OS X 10.1 or 
the 4.05 version in Classic. Another workaround is using Acrobat 
Distiller or PStill, both seem to produce PDF that does not trigger the 
Quartz bug so easily.


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