[pdftex] Speeding up PDFLaTeX by skipping file inclusion

Martin Schroeder ms at artcom-gmbh.de
Fri May 16 10:34:55 CEST 2003

On 2003-05-16 00:41:39 -0500, Kevin Dezfulian wrote:
> What surprises me is that with \usepackage[draft]{graphicx} pdftex
> still reads the file (and then outputs a box!).  There's no speed 
> difference between final and draft options (Robin's suggestion).
> In comparison, LaTeX only looks at the eps bounding box and dvips is 
> very fast when it realizes there's just a box to print.

I guess for eps it only scans for the BoundingBox header, while
for pdf it loads the whole file but doesn't really typeset it
(i.e. discards the box after getting size information).

Best regards
               Martin Schröder, MS at ArtCom-GmbH.DE
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