[OS X TeX] using Latexit

Pierre Chatelier pierre.chatelier at club-internet.fr
Mon Aug 22 15:09:13 CEST 2005


>> 1.  Latexit is listed in the Services submenus of both the drawing  
>> programs, but when an expression such as \frac{df}{dx}  is typed  
>> onto the art display area and highlighted, the Latexit service  
>> stays grayed out and unusable.  Not crucial, but it would be nice  
>> to have this type of interface.
The LaTeXiT service can only receive a string as input, that can be  
processed by pdflatex. But if you find a way to get a string out of  
art display from Illustrator, that would be a good thing !

>> 2.  Direct drag and drop from Latexit to the drawing programs  
>> seems to produce no result.  Nothing drops.
Seems to be related to some versions of Illustrator. Most of the  
time, it is when the export is PDF, while it works in EPS.

>> 3.  When a label such as the above df/dx is typed and saved by  
>> Latexit as a pdf file, Canvas gets stuck when asked to place it  
>> (no response for indefinite time).  Canvas does agree to place the  
>> corresponding eps file, after converting it to Canvas format.   
>> Illustrator, on the other hand, will place the pdf file on its  
>> artboard.
Same thing, I would say...

>> 4.  Both Canvas and Illustrator place the label object with a  
>> transparent background.  I've tried creating the label with a  
>> colored background in Latexit, and although the background display  
>> in Latexit is colored, the color is lost when pasted into the  
>> drawing programs.  Likewise I can't seem to make the drawing  
>> programs add an opaque fill to the object, so it blocks out the  
>> part of the figure under it.
In LaTeXiT, you can change the background just for the visibility,  
for instance if your font color is white; but it does not alter the  
image. I prefer to systematically let the transparent background. If  
you really need it, you can export the image in JPEG format and  
choose a background color. But yes, it is not very handy since you  
loose the vectorial format.


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