[texhax] pdflatex and figure

Axel E. Retif axel.retif at mac.com
Wed May 20 09:16:44 CEST 2009

On  20 May, 2009, at 00:20, mahi wrote:

> I am using the miktex 2.4
> Acrobat illustrator 11

and Acrobat Distiller 7.

> I am attaching the .eps and pdf files, in this figure varpi symbol  
> is missing when i process this figure through pdflatex and i am  
> attaching the processed pdf also.

Not only the varphi, but pi as well.
(By the way, On  19 May, 2009, at 12:33, Pierre MacKay wrote:

> Could this be related to the bug in Acrobat reader 8, which makes all
> the characters in the Adobe Expert Set invisible?  (supposed toe
> corrected in reader 9.)

I don't think so, as I see the same (missing symbols) with TeXShop,  
Reader 9 and Acrobat 6 on a Mac.)


You're using pdfTeX 1.20, and I'm using pdfTeX 1.40.9, so the first  
solution might not work for you, but the second most certainly will.

1) Don't convert yourself the EPS figures to PDF ---let epstopdf do  
it; the following works for me:


Just a test:



Just like that ---call the graphic by its name, without extension.

2) We are using different pdfTeX versions (and I'm sure different  
versions of epstopdf), but we have the *same* version of Illustrator,  
so this will work for you:

First, backup your figures so you can make changes easily afterwards.  
Now, with the figures you will actually use in your TeX document, open  
the EPS file in Illustrator, select the text, go to menu Type and  
select Create Outlines. Characters will become just another graphic  
element. That's why you need a backup ---to edit text easily if you  
have to.



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