[OS X TeX] OT: PDF display problems

Eckhard Giere Eckhard.Giere at web.de
Mon Aug 15 12:59:25 CEST 2005

Am 15.08.2005 um 10:25 schrieb Christian Heine:

> Dear list,
> does anyone encounter problems displaying/printing PDFs in Tiger?  
> Since upgrading I have massive troubles in Preview, TeXShop,  
> BibDesk's preview and with the PDF Browser Plug-In when I open and  
> print PDF files. Sometimes just images are displayed, sometimes  
> just cryptic characters, sometimes just section titles, sometimes  
> just text paragraphs without headings, sometimes just one specific  
> font in a document is displayed, sometimes everything is fine. I  
> can't reproduce it, seems to happen randomly. I have various  
> screenshots on my public ftp at ftp://ftp.geosci.usyd.edu.au/pub/ 
> users/christian/PDFproblems in case someone wants to have a closer  
> look. I have googled for this and also searched the Apple  
> Discussion pages but haven't found a solution nor anyone else  
> experiencing this kind of problem.
> Everything is perfectly fine using Acrobat, so it appears to have  
> something to do with the native OS X pdf kit. Furthermore, this  
> only happens on my G5 not on the Powerbook (also running the same  
> version of Tiger).
> Any clues?


some time ago I experienced the same problem. In particular math  
texts with lots of formulas looked horrible. At the end just some  
black and white pattern showed up.  I am not sure if Adobe Acrobat  
Reader is the culprit but I have the vague impression that the  
problems appeared after installing AAReader which I needed for some  

Trying to get rid of AAReader removing everything which seemed to be  
related to the reader didn't help. Eventually,  I used "clean font  
caches" (with Onyx or Main Menue I can't remember) and now everything  
is fine AAreader again installed.

Hope it helps.

Eckhard Giere

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