[OS X TeX] Re: dvipdf vs. dvipdfm vs. dvipdfmx
bvoisin at mac.com
Sun Nov 27 20:15:01 CET 2005
Le 27 nov. 05 à 19:29, Arthur Snoke a écrit :
> Also, in this recent thread I saw mention about the Mac ps2pdf. Is
> it superior to the ps2pdf which comes with ghostscript?
Beware: the Apple distiller is called pstopdf, not ps2pdf. In
summary, you have:
- pstopdf, actually /usr/bin/pstopdf: Apple's built-in distiller
(starting with Panther).
- ps2pdf, actually /usr/local/bin/ps2pdf: Ghostscript's distiller.
- epstopdf, actually /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-
current/epstopdf: teTeX's distiller (for EPS files only, and calling
Re. you question: I saw files which ps2pdf couldn't process while
pstopdf could; and I also saw files which pstopdf couldn't process
while ps2pdf could.
Generally, I would recommend ps2pdf: ps2pdf produces compressed PDF
output by default, while pstopdf doesn't. Hence, when the PDF files
are included in a (La)TeX document as figures, say, and these figures
have been created with pstopdf, then the compression of these figures
in the final PDF output is redone every time the (La)TeX file is
processed, taking up quite some time in some cases; on the other
hand, with ps2pdf, the compression has been done once and for good,
and won't be repeated.
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