[OS X TeX] PDF from LaTeX and Adobe Illustrator

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Thu Jun 30 21:19:49 CEST 2005

On 30 Jun 2005, at 17:45, Pierre Chatelier wrote:

> Ok, it seems a difficult problem in fact.
> But do not search too long for a complex solution, because I do not  
> use Illustrator; I was just wondering if I could do that "for free"  
> with a simple option of pdflatex. If it is complicated and requires  
> an external tool, I can just drop the idea.
>> 2. Drag from LaTeXit to the Desktop. In a Terminal window run 'gs - 
>> dNOPAUSE -dNOCACHE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=epswrite -sOutputFile=latex- 
>> image-0.eps latex-image-0.pdf'. Open the eps file in Illustrator.  
>> This outlines the fonts and so, again, you won't be able to edit  
>> the text, but you can move elements around.
> Yes, I had already tried that, but strangely enough, the eps  
> generated, even if it is well displayed by the MacOS X "Preview"  
> app, is not displayed in illustrator (only an empty box appears).

Which version of ghostscript do you have installed? Some of the  
earlier 8 series did have a serious problem with this feature (which  
is only intended to be used for debugging purposes). The current  
version should work correctly and produce eps-files without fonts at  

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