[OS X TeX] converting pdf to eps ... where can I find pdf2eps?
maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Wed Jul 7 23:56:18 CEST 2004
On 7 jul 2004, at 21:49, Siep Kroonenberg wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 07, 2004 at 09:52:57PM +1200, Richard MAHONEY wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 07, 2004 at 10:05:23AM +0100, George Nurser wrote:
>>> I've been using TeXShop with pdf figures for a paper. The journal now
>>> want the figures in eps format for typesetting. They claim rather
>>> strangely that they cannot resize pdf figures.
>>> So ... how do I convert the pdf figures to eps? There is supposed to
>>> a program pdf2eps, but I don't seem to have it (Panther + Image
>>> magick). Anybody know where I can get it from?
>> you could try using `pdftops'. it is included in the XPDF
>> distribution. usage:
>> [rbm49 at 22.214.171.124] ~/temp $ pdftops -eps input.pdf output.eps
> pdftops from the xpdf distro, with the -eps option, is also my
> preferred solution. But I don't know what is the best way to install
> it other than compiling from source.
Which is pretty easy: configure; make; make install work out of the box
(though it doesn't detect my X11 install, maybe I should try again from
This doesn't necessarily solve issues with embedded fonts. After
converting a test-file, I see that the (subsetted) font is embedded in
the eps file, which will go a long way in solving font-issues.
Replacing the letters with the outline, may prevent clashes between the
embedded font, and whatever the publisher has installed. In the
discussion with Elsevier, I was told that they prefer the eps files
with letters replaced by their outlines, as this reduces the number of
I guess it is a matter of time before pdf will become the preferred
format, but we're not there yet; I'll face a similar issue when I send
out my thesis for printing, one of the bigger printers wants either pdf
produced by Acrobat with their pre-sets or postscript, pdflatex
produced pdf isn't good enough for them. However, when I need a ps
file, I'll have to generate it through the pdf, using the ps output
from preview or acrobat, or maybe pdftops. I guess I'll have to find
another printer... plenty of fish in the sea.
It is nice to have multiple options though, and the eps produced by the
xpdf package is certainly good in avoiding a known set of pitfalls, at
least from what I can see this quickly.
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