[OS X TeX] beamer & multimedia/movie15

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Thu Nov 24 01:03:24 CET 2005

Am 23.11.2005 um 23:00 schrieb Ingo Reich:

> I did so on my good old Pismo, and it seems as if this is not a 
> problem of TL2004 vs. TL2005, but rather a problem of pdftex vs. 
> altpdftex.

When your altpdftex or altpdflatex still works, then you can't be with 
TeX Live 2005! In this release they recommend to use 'simpdftex latex' 

Try in some shell (Terminal) 'which altpdftex' to find out whether you 
are using some private copy or a script from Fink!

> When I run pdftex on the testfile everything works fine, but if I go 
> the dvi --> ps --> pdf route (whether I use gs, version 8.13 or latest 
> version, or apple's distiller, whether I use the TL2004 or the 
> experimental 2005 setup), no links are available in the resulting 
> pdf-file. Can you reproduce this behavior?

No. gs 8.51 works right, Apple's pstopdf fails, pdftex works right of 

>  If so, it seems that for some reason those multmedia-tools are from 
> TL2004 on incompatible with dvips.

No! The problem could be your private installation of some LaTeX 
packages. Look at the LOG file you sent with your first eMail: so many 
STY files (beamer, pgf, xcolor) come from your private property. They 
all come now with standard teTeX.
And a second no: it's not dvips' fault! dvips just sees a \special in 
the DVI file and can't do anything with it, so it passes it unchanged 
into its PS output:

	 -364 453 a 0
	TeXcolorgray Fa(bieten)p 0 TeXcolorgray -134 390 a
	SDict begin H.R end
	390 a -134 453 a
	SDict begin [ /Subtype /Movie /Movie << /F 
	 >> /A <<     >> /T (mmdefaultlabel1) /Border [0 0 0] H.B /ANN pdfmark

The SDict is contained in the DVI file as 'ps:' special with exactly 
the same text. It's the 'distiller' that creates the special properties 
in PDF file. (If it can.)

>  This probably means I have to convert my eps-file to pdf-files, wrap 
> my pstricks-trees with pdftricks and use pdflatex, though I always 
> hoped I could avoid that (which is why I never really followed those 
> threads).

Ingo, given that it's *not* your private installation, you still can 
install Ghostscript 8.51, and all could be right.

>  Could you maybe give me some hints on how to best convert my files, 
> and how to include those graphics (instead of using smething like 
> \includegraphics[height=6.5cm]{pictures/addsinewave.eps})?

To convert EPS to PDF you just drop them on TeXShop, AFAIR. In your 
\includegraphics statement you save work by *not* including the file 
name's extension. For PSTricks you should not need to care. PSTricks 
first creates a DVI file only with specials: the included graphics 
files and PostScript code. These files and PS code are then converted 
to PDF, and finally it's pdfTeX that creates the output PDF file and 
now includes the converted PDF instead of original graphics formats or 
PS code. I think it all works automatically. ps4pdf mimics this 
behaviour, so you can have an engine for this in TeXShop.

Can you put your phoneticstest outside your own texmf tree and rename 
~/Library/texmf to ~/Library/texmf.zuvor and TeX it without your own 
files? Could be this already works with old Ghostscript ...

Mit friedvollen Grüßen


Der größte Aberglaube der Gegenwart ist der Glaube an die Vorfahrt. 
(Jacques Tati)

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