# [pdftex] Pdflatex and seminar

Ying-Jui Chen yrchen at bu.edu
Fri Mar 9 10:57:28 CET 2001

Hi,

Here is what I found out from the web and is used as my preamble:
\documentclass[semrot,12pt]{seminar}

\newif\ifpdf
\ifx\pdfoutput\undefined
\pdffalse
\else
\pdfoutput=1
\pdftrue
\fi

\ifpdf
\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}
\pdfcompresslevel=9
\pdfpagewidth=11truein %297truemm % your milage may vary....
\pdfpageheight=8.5truein %210truemm
\pdfhorigin=1truein     % default value(?), but doesn't work without
\pdfvorigin=1truein     % default value(?), but doesn't work without
\else
\usepackage{graphicx}
\fi

I hope this helps!

YJ

On Fri, 9 Mar 2001, Martin Reed wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I am trying to use pdflatex with seminar but am having problems with it.
> I guess this must be a common problem, but I cannot find any searchable
> verion of the tug mail lists, is there one?
>
> My problem is that the slides appear as landscape but small on a mostly
> empty a4 portrait page.
>
> I have tried setting the slide/paper sizes with commands like:
> \def\paperwidth{210mm}
> \def\paperheight{297mm}
> \input sem-page.sty
> \slidewidth 222mm
> \slideheight 152mm
>
> in seminar.con as described in seminar documentation and have tried
> various combinations of paper/slide sizes. However, the end effect seems
> to be that slides either appears only half on the paper or with lots of
> white space. Is there an answer to this?
>
> I am using:
> pdfTeX (Web2C 7.3.1) 3.14159-0.13d
> and seminar from tetex 1.0.6-7
>
>
> Martin.
>
> PS I have tried vtex/free on Linux, and it works but is slow as it
> always has to convert eps graphics each time (i know there is a draft
> mode but...). So I would really like to use pdflatex which is also open
> source.
>
>

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Regards,
Ying-Jui Chen, PhD student, ECE Dept, Boston University
617/353-9570            http://multirate.bu.edu/~yrchen