[OS X TeX] generating eps files

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Wed Jun 9 17:18:04 CEST 2004

On Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at 07:41  AM, Nigel King wrote:

> Sometimes guys take drawings that I have done in MetaPost and import 
> them into other applications such as Illustrator which only seem to 
> import eps files.

Illustrator will import a long of things, including .pdf as well as .eps

> I obviously generate MetaPost output and pdf output for each diagram. 
> What is the best way to produce from one of these eps? I have tried 
> pdf2ps but that doesn't 'appear' to encapsulate the font.

Encapsulating the font for Adobe Illustrator is a non-starter for 
(La)TeX math / symbol fonts w/ non-standard encodings.

AI uses the local system's text object and has to re-encode the text to 
the local system's (Mac or Windows or Unicode?) encoding to work with 
it. (This wasn't always the case, and it used to be possible to put a 
snippet of PostScript code into a text string to force it to be 
re-encoded or some such so that Textures was able to generate .eps 
files which Adobe Illustrator 6 and earlier could manage).

But I'm sounding like a broken record.

Anyway, there are some projects to make sanely encoded (Unicode) math 
fonts for (La)TeX --- once one of those is complete and there's a 
matching set of fonts for Windows or Mac OS X, it'll ``just work'' 
(insofar as anything works in Adobe Illustrator).


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