[OS X TeX] Re: PDF layout that fits PowerBook Screen

Nathan Dunfield dunfield at caltech.edu
Sun Sep 25 02:57:08 CEST 2005

Jung-Tsung Shen wrote:
> A while ago on this mailing list, someone hinted that there's a
> program, Tofu, to convert the layout of a document so each page would
> fit the screen like the PowerBook better than the conventional Letter
> size layout.
> ...
> (2) Is it possible to compile my own locally generated PDF's (from
> LaTeX) so it would fit the screen of the PowerBook?

I do this for my own documents, and I find that it really does make 
things more convenient.  I don't use TeXShop, but rather XEmacs and 
xdvi, but the same technique should work there as well.  Basically, I 
just adjust the margins and printed area from within LaTeX, and then 
tell xdvi to use a nonstandard paper size.  To switch back and forth 
between the version for the screen and the version for printing, I just 
have an \if variable which I set or unset as appropriate.  On my 
Titanium 15", I find the following works well:

% at top of file


%...\begin{document}, etc.

\iflaptop % Set small page size

\else % default behavior for printing


Then I use the command:

xdvi.bin -expert  -s 6 -xoffset 0in -yoffset 0in -geometry 660x808 
-paper 16.5x20cm -gamma 1.1

You can see the results at




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