[OS X TeX] PDF from LaTeX and Adobe Illustrator

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Thu Jun 30 11:56:11 CEST 2005

On Jun 30, 2005, at 5:35 AM, Pierre Chatelier wrote:

> Some users of LaTeXiT has reported me that when you drag'n drop a PDF 
> equation generated by pdfLaTeX to Adobe Illustrator, then Illustrator 
> does not consider it as a mere image, but on the contrary recognized 
> the symbols, and unfortunately replace them using another (ugly) font.
> I have installed the Illustrator tryout version, and I could see that 
> by myself.
> Do you think there is any latex option that could be used at pdf 
> generation, to get rid of this problem ?

There're a couple of font sets which're supposed to fix this sort of 
problem (see the Mac-TeX Website in the Info footer of this message), 
and it's ameliorated somewhat by using mathptmx, but the bottom line 
here is Illustrator since AI v7 won't make use of characters in the 
0--31 range and if TeX does, the files then don't work in AI.

The solution will be when a Unicode math font is done and a setup is 
done to allow TeX to use it.

In the meanwhile, a work-around is to wrap the pdf files up in a .eps 
w/ the fonts embedded and then place that in an application which will 
place (not parse) the .pdfs --- Macromedia Freehand affords one a 
choice on this.


William Adams, publishing specialist
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