[OS X TeX] eps -> pdf conversion

G. M.-S. lists.gms at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 01:11:49 CEST 2015


If double-clicking an EPS file gives you a correct PDF, you can automate
the process with the pstopdf command (not to be confused with ps2pdf).

In a bash shell this could be

for f in *.eps; do pstopdf $f; done



On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 12:35 AM, Greg St. George <gstgeorge at gmail.com>

> Folks:
> I am trying to resurrect an 700 page text I last worked on in 2007 (?) so
> that I can share sections with my students.  It was written in Oztex with
> graphics done with Illustrator.  I wrote a python script which converted
> oztex's colon directory separated paths to the modern ones and I can now
> get the whole thing to compile in TexShop.  My problem is with some of the
> graphics.
> At the time I was writing I wanted the fonts in the graphics to match the
> computer modern fonts of the text, so I believe that I bought a shareware
> version 'Computer Modern' that was around at the time.  I was able to find
> this on my old G4 mac (still running after all these years) and load the
> fonts into Library/Fonts on my current iMac.
> The graphics problem is that when running either pdftex or xelatex, the
> graphics which appear substitute for these 'Computer Modern' fonts, which,
> unfortunately, I used everywhere.  It seems that the substitution is using
> Courier, which is evenly spaced, and so the graphics get pretty messed up,
> with letters running into each other, etc.  After I added this old set of
> fonts to my newer mac, when I call up the graphic in Illustrator (CS5), it
> is able to find these old fonts, and the graphics look o.k.  Even if I
> 'update' in Illustrator and re-save the graphic, the conversion process
> still uses Courier, so apparently these old fonts are an anathema for
> whatever is doing the conversion. (If I save as a .pdf, Illustrator's
> .pdf's have the bounding box problem - so that doesn't seem to be the way
> to go). I have tried restarting, zapping all the 'converted-to-.pdf files
> etc. but I still get messed up graphics in both the xelatex and pdftex
> versions.
> I imagine it is ghostscript doing the conversions under the hood.  I am
> completely ignorant of this program, and also of almost all things font
> related.  Is there a way to educate ghostscript on substitutions?
> Alternatively, is there a way to write a script which would call up the
> graphics files (there are hundreds) and substitute some other font for the
> bad Computer Modern fonts in the .eps files? Interestingly, if I just
> double click on the .eps files, the conversion which the OS makes to .pdf
> *does* seem to find these old fonts.
> Sorry for the long story.  Any advice appreciated.  I receive the 'digest'
> version.
> - Greg
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