[OS X TeX] convert .dvi to .pdf

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Nov 18 22:21:26 CET 2015

> On Nov 18, 2015, at 3:06 PM, Alan Bowen <bowenalan03 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, Luis—
> I do not have that many .dvi files. So what you suggest is very attractive. But, when I try opening one in TeXShop, though it does seem to open (and registers the .dvi file in the list of files opened recently), I do not see a .pdf file anywhere. Where does it put them? Or has TeXShop failed to produce a .pdf for some reason?
> Alan
> On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 12:52 PM, Luis Sequeira <lfsequeira at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have a number of .dvi files created some 25 years ago using Plain TeX and
> > Computer Modern which I want to convert to .pdf files. Any suggestions
> > about what I need and how to do this will be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > So far as TeX goes, I have the ConTeXt standalone (aka the ConTeXt
> > minimals).
> >
> > I am currently running Mac OSX 10.11.
> >
> > Alan
> The answer depends somewhat on how many files there are, and on whether you are a command line or a GUI guy.
> If you install mactex, as was already discussed, you can convert a dvi file to pdf simply by double-clicking. TeXShop automatically opens and converts a dvi to pdf.
> Of course, that may not be the most practical if you have hundreds of them.
> Luis Sequeira


Did you install MacTeX or BasicTeX? If you installed MacTeX it should work out of the box. If you installed BasicTeX you'll need to also install Ghostscript which is available on the same page as BasicTeX, <http://www.tug.org/mactex/morepackages.html>.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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