[OS X TeX] Equations Editor, Equation Sercice

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Thu Feb 10 11:09:21 CET 2005

On 10 feb 2005, at 10:54, Denis Chabot wrote:

> Le Mercredi, 9 févr 2005, à 21:10 Europe/Paris, David Derbes a écrit :
>> I have become about 40% proficient with LaTeX (though I am very slow 
>> at it), but here is a problem that I have with the Equation Editor 
>> (or LaTeX generally.) I want to put equations into the Illustrator 
>> diagrams I generate. I have yet to do this to the extent that ought 
>> to be possible. I hate to say it, but MathType had no problem putting 
>> its PICT (I think) equations into any damn application you could 
>> think of, and they typed out beautifully.
>> So here is my question. Is there a good way to put LaTeX equations 
>> into Illustrator, because I haven't managed it yet. (PS I have the 
>> WARM whatever package, but haven't done much with it yet.)
> I too am relatively new with LaTeX (less than a year) and my needs 
> have not included equations yet, so I'm returning this to the list as 
> I can't help you. I only sent that last message (a cut and paste from 
> the source I mentioned in my message) because it seemed relevant to 
> the ongoing discussion about putting equations in Pages, but I was not 
> its author. In addition to Equation Editor, I have also heard of 
> Equation Service:
> http://www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/EquationService/EquationServiceHelp.htm
> Maybe others have succeeded in using one or both to input equations in 
> Illustrator?

Illustrator is picky about pdf files, because it tries to decipher what 
is in those files, and gets confused by the TeX fonts. Since both 
Equation Editor and Equation Service use the same technique underneath, 
I doubt that either will solve your issues.

WARM Reader may help, I don't know (it was pretty much designed for 
this kind of stuff, but I don't have Illustrator, so it is a bit hard 
for me to try).

What you might try to do, is use a dirty trick, but it is guaranteed to 
resolve the issue. How comfortable are you on the command-line?

- Create your equation using the Service or the Editor, and save it as 
a file.
- Navigate in the Terminal to the location where you saved your file
- Issue the following command, where you have to use the right 
   gs -dNOPAUSE -dNOCACHE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite 
-sOutputFile=your-output-file.pdf your-source-file.pdf

The file that is now generated should include no fonts at all, instead 
it just draws the individual letters, as if they are drawings. Since 
there are now no fonts to confuse Illustrator, you can include them 

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