[texhax] PSfrag and SOffice problems in Latex....
milne at sun.ac.za
Sun May 8 10:14:13 CEST 2005
Did anyone ever get psfrag to work with ..pS or .eps coming from
Powerpoint or OpenOffice Draw?
It seems that (from psfrag documentation) that psfrag needs to find the
tag inside parentheses (), and some drivers
split the tag and print separate characters, so the string is not found.
Also, I suspect that with the heavy use of macros in powerpoint drivers,
and possibly downloaded fonts
(I don't know the details however), that the tag can disappear into
other code in the .eps generator.
I have looked at the .eps files from most of the drivers and can't find
the desired tag in ().
Also, with Powerpoint 2003 that I use, The only way I can see of getting
.ps from it is to install
a printer driver that generates .ps, and make it "prnt to file". One
can select .eps under the postscript options,
but I have had unreliable results with theiir boundingbox. I fix this
via GSView and the "ps to eps" conversion
I guess that the magic recipe is to find a printer driver, and settings
in powerpoint that produces the
text to be printed within the () parentheses that psfrag needs.
I have also had failures with some printer drivers, in that while they
produce .ps that Ghostscript reads and displays well,
when I run the latex and I guess dvips, then postscript errors are reported.
The simple apple Laserwriter 2 seemed to work, but I still can't get the
PSFRAG to work in it.
As a result of googling around, I also found Ipe www.ipe.compgeom.org
and it seems to work well.
It is free, and the result of an academic's work, and is worth examining.
If I insert a text box with a letter or a sequence of letters, psfrag
does do the replacement.
Strangely, using TAG as the text didn't work. Maybe it gets mangled in
Simple tags like y also worked.
I may use Ipe a lot more in future, but Powerpoint is so interchangeable !
I would still like to resolve the powerpoint (and openoffice draw) to
\psfrag route, so if anyone has a solution,
please let me know. Please advise exact settings in Powerpoint, way used
to get .ps or .eps, and anything special needed to get psfrag to work
Also, I did a string search in an .eps from Ipe and can't find the tag
(ta1) that psfrag successfully replaces, but it is not there!
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