[XeTeX] crop.sty

Tilman Hannemann tilmanh at uni-bremen.de
Mon Feb 13 07:30:45 CET 2006

Not just that it helps perfectly, but also I (almost) get to  
understand the magic that lies behind. Thank you, next time I might  
also look into the archives first.

BTW, did anybody inform the author of crop.sty about this  
compatibility problem? If not (i.e. if I won't get an affirmation to  
my personal address), I will try to drop him a mail later that day.


Am 13.02.2006 um 00:41 schrieb Jonathan Kew:

> From the mailing list archive (I remember this coming up  
> previously). Hope this helps.
> JK
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Jonathan Kew <jonathan_kew at sil.org>
>> Date: 21 October 2005 2:44:04 pm BDT
>> To: Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X <xetex at tug.org>
>> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Problems with crop package?
>> Reply-To: Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X <xetex at tug.org>
>> I've had a quick look at the crop.sty package, as there was a  
>> report that it didn't work with XeLaTeX.
>> Turns out that it will *almost* work if you tell it to use the  
>> dvips driver, as this sets the media size using a papersize=...  
>> \special, and XeTeX now supports this.
>> However, it doesn't *quite* work because crop.sty interferes with  
>> LaTeX's \AtBeginDvi feature, which is used to get the \special  
>> into the output. The result is that the media size doesn't get set  
>> until the second page, and you get a warning message from xdv2pdf.
>> The right solution would be a minor update to crop.sty, such that  
>> it would recognize xetex as a back-end (currently, it doesn't know  
>> what to do with it) and use the \special{papersize=...} mechanism,  
>> and fix the problem with \AtBeginDvi. For now, rather than trying  
>> to modify the .sty file itself, here is a crop.cfg file that  
>> achieves the same effect. It patches a couple of crop.sty macros  
>> in order to restore proper \AtBeginDvi functionality, and selects  
>> the dvips driver.
>> It looks like this is sufficient for basic crop-mark  
>> functionality; various more advanced features that depend on  
>> interaction with color and graphics (like the "mirror" and  
>> "invert" options) don't seem to work fully. I don't have time to  
>> investigate this further for now.
>> To try this, put crop.cfg into ~/Library/texmf/tex/xelatex or your  
>> equivalent location.
>> - JK
>> <crop.cfg>
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