[OS X TeX] Re: dvipdf vs. dvipdfm vs. dvipdfmx

Stephen Moye stephenmoye at cox.net
Sun Nov 27 22:43:05 CET 2005

On Nov 27, 2005, at 2:15 PM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> 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 ps2pdf internally).
> 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.

So far, I seem to prefer epstopdf because it seem to produce a pdf  
that is cropped to the same size as the eps. So far I have not found  
the proper incantation to make ps2pdf do the same thing -- any  


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