[texhax] Rotating package

Philip G. Ratcliffe philipratcliffe at tiscali.it
Tue Nov 15 19:19:28 CET 2005

>   I got into a difficult problem with rotating package.

You got a little confusion too, read on ...

>   I wrote some small samples with eps figures and long tables.
> Only pdflatex works fine.
> Pdflatex, however, messed up all my eps figures in a
> much larger
> file (a book of mine).

pdflatex cannot handle eps files; you'll need to convert them separately to
pdf first (ps2pdf or ghostscript)

> TrueTeX or MiKTeX could not handle the rotation of
> tables, but treat the figures ok.

But TrueTeX and MiKTeX are distributions, not compilers; compilers are tex,
latex pdftex, pdflatex etc.

>   Any suggestions to get around with this problem? By that I mean, do you
> know a LaTeX compiler that is compatible to eps files and rotating package
> and produces .dvi files?

The rotating package specifically works with postscript and is therefore no
good for dvi output.  But the dvi output is really only for immediate screen
viewing while editting.  The final product will almost always be pdf or ps.

Probably the best route is latex, dvi2ps, ps2pdf, then you won't need to
convert your figures and the rotating will work.

Cheers,  Phil Ratcliffe

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