[pdftex] Re: tex2pdf 2.1 released

Bryan J. Smith b.j.smith at ieee.org
Sun Jun 10 19:43:57 CEST 2001

Steffen Evers wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> tex2pdf 2.1 has been released. It is a bugfix release.
> <... cut ...>
> More information at: http://tex2pdf.berlios.de/

[ WARNING:  Total newbie action here so excuse any ignorance.  Note
I use LyX as a total LaTeX/SGML "crutch," not being a guru at
producing either.  I'm one of those people that said "screwing it"
when MS Word 97 toasted half my "technical" MS Word 95 templates
(when upgrading) and decided to use a _real_ publication/typeset
system instead, like LaTeX.  LyX was there thanx to good people like
yourselves.  That was late 1998, early 1999 and I haven't gone back
either!  ;-PPP ]

First off, I just downloaded tex2pdf after getting "frustrated" with
EPS images in my LyX document.  I had previously tried PS export
w/ps2pdf to get the EPS graphics in, but could figure no way to get
the FoilTeX slides to appear "landscape" in Acroread (they kept
coming out as sideways/portrait, and tried editing the PDF manually
to no avail -- not good for presentations).  This little script did
the trick in no time flat -- nice landscape oriented slides, with
the EPS graphics and thumbnails, in PDF format (which allows me to
do my presentation with _any_ OS).  Thank you!  As such, I think
this script should be a part and/or called in any future version of

Secondly, since I've got the LyX, tex2pdf and pdftex lists all here
(note I'm only subscribed to the first), is there any work being
done on getting PDF "bookmarks" implemented in the output?  I know
this is a quite an additional challenge of just PDF conversion
and/or thumbnailing, but I was curious as to what projects or
efforts are in place.  I'm such an avid LyX user (almost bigot on at
least 5 different LUG lists here in Florida ;-), I'm almost to the
point if seeing if I could do this manually, and write a program to
do it.  I'm definately NOT a GUI guy, but I'm fairly good at string
manipulation with Perl (and I write system-level/real-time C code
for a living in the US defense industry).  ;-PPP

So, if anyone can point me to any current efforts, I'd greatly
appreciate it.  I'm skimming through some of the on-line PS/PDF
documentation (and have in the past to "slightly modify" PS/PDFs
manually).  I guess subscribing to the pdftex mailing lists is
probably my first, best move?

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