[pdftex] MPS code that drives gv/acroread crazy

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Mon Aug 26 10:15:29 CEST 2002

At 08:47 PM 8/25/2002 +0100, Marco Kuhlmann wrote:
>* Hans Hagen <pragma at wxs.nl> (2002-08-24 20:00:40 +0200):
> > hm, what are these specials supposed to do, maybe there are
> > better ways?
>I had a closer look at this, and it seems that the specials are
>used to implement a reasonably efficient handling of bitmap
>graphics in MetaPost.  The fshow function is redefined such that
>it can output text that encodes a line of a picture.  This is
>done by the special fonts fmp1, fmp8, fmp24, which correspond to
>different colour depths.  When the redefined function sees that
>one of these pseudo-fonts has been chosen, it interprets the
>chars as the data for an image command.
>I don't know what I should do about this.  I am not really sure
>if I like the whole bitmap business in MetaPost.  Is it easy to
>remedy the problems that these specials cause?

Isn't it possible to redefine the macro that spit out the preamble?

If you want bitmaps, mptopdf does support the metafun bitmap inclusion macros.

(externalfigure "somefile.png" xscaled 3cm yscaled 4cm ;)


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