# [OS X TeX] Beamer problem with simpdflatex/dvips

ludling ludling at aol.com
Wed Feb 10 23:26:04 CET 2010

I recently decided to try out Beamer, and I encountered a problem when compiling with the default TeXShop settings for "tex and dvi" (simpdftex latex --maxpfb).  The output contains everything it is supposed to, but each slide is located in the lower left corner of the page, with the page itself being in portrait mode and with the default size of a regular document.

This problem does not occur with pdflatex, which creates slides of the correct orientation and size, and with the slide contents taking up the entire page as expected.

Here is a minimal example that displays this behavior for me:

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\documentclass{beamer}

\title{Beamer Problem}
\author{Nathan Sanders}
\date{\today}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}{Title Frame}
\maketitle
\end{frame}

\end{document}
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

I've done some searching around the internet and found references to similar problems caused by a misconfiguration of dvips in TeXLive 2008.  I'm using TL 2009 with all the latest updates provided by TLU, but the problem apparently still exists.  Is there a known solution within TeXShop itself (i.e., by adding some option to simpdflatex in the preferences to work around the dvips misconfiguration)?

For completeness, here are a few selected lines from the console output:

### This is /usr/texbin/simpdftex, Version 20070809
[...]
(/usr/local/texlive/2009/texmf-dist/tex/latex/beamer/beamer.cls
(/usr/local/texlive/2009/texmf-dist/tex/latex/beamer/beamerbasercs.sty)
Document Class: beamer 2007/03/11 cvs version 3.07 A class for typesetting pres
entations (rcs-revision 1.70)
[...]
### /usr/texbin/dvips -R -Poutline  -o /tmp/altpdflatex.45046-1265840502/Untitled.ps Untitled.dvi