[OS X TeX] Placing eps figures

Gary L. Gray gray at engr.psu.edu
Sun Jun 4 18:07:14 CEST 2006

On Jun 4, 2006, at 11:21 AM, Jens Noeckel wrote:

>> I do not know how you work the magic, for me it is amazing. I take  
>> the pdf page I want (I use Adobe Acrobat to extract it), drop it  
>> into your magic "TeX Font Outliner.app", and I now get a .ps page  
>> in Illustrator that I save as an eps file, and I am done -- this  
>> is what I had in Textures.
>> Earlier solutions suggested (the -nofont utility) always messed up  
>> the included diagrams.
> George and Gary,
> if there's something that you improved on the original algorithm I  
> suggested, using the gv -dNOCACHE option (what I called fontbegone,  
> and Gary called -nofont), it would be nice if you could let me  
> know. I'm referring to this message:
> http://tug.org/mailman/htdig/macostex-archives/2005-December/ 
> 019411.html
> The reason is that this method is now also used in LaTeXiT. There,  
> all you have to do is type your LaTeX formula, right-click on the  
> output display to open a contextual menu, and then choose "copy as  
> outlined PDF". Then you have the outlined LaTeX PDF output on your  
> clipboard, ready to be copied to whatever destination you fancy  
> (Including Illustrator). There's also a keyboard shortcut for this  
> (press Apple-Option-Shift-C after the LaTeX run), which makes this  
> solution the most convenient LaTeX-to-Anywhere tool that I'm aware of.
> Obviously, any improvement in the method would benefit LaTeXiT,  
> too. Unlike George (apparently), I have never experienced any  
> problems whatsoever with my original fontbegone application, even  
> though I use it at least three times a week on multi-page PDF  
> documents with lots of graphics.
> Jens

Dear Jens,

We use exactly the command you describe in the above message. In  
fact, it was your message that got me all excited and prompted me to  
write the AppleScript I mentioned yesterday. All we do is wrap an  
AppleScript around it that also opens the file in AI when it is done.

As for using LaTeXiT, when we create figure labels for a figure, we  
like to keep the LaTeX source used to create the labels with that  
figure in case we need to tweak them in the future so that is why we  
create a .tex file instead of using LaTeXiT.

Does this make sense?

-- Gary
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