Preventing dvipdf from creating files with A4 paper sizeProblem
The LaTeX-related program dvips often creates PostScript files with 'A4' paper size instead of 'letter'. This causes several problems:
- The document won't print because your printer doesn't have A4 paper.
- The margins are messed up.
- If you convert the document to MS-Word format, Word creates an even bigger mess of it than usual when you change the paper size back to 'letter'.
The usual causes are incorrect settings in your
config.ps file or
bad PostScript files embedded in your document (that is, in the 'picture'
Some applications embed the paper size in the PostScript file that they create.
The PostScript file will contain a line like:
This causes dvips to set the main file to A4 as well. Re-create (or edit) the graphics files and re-run LaTeX on your document. This should eliminate all references to PaperSize in the resulting PostScript file, which is as it should be.
If this doesn't work, your configuration file might be wrong.
Edit the file
(depending on the system) and change the paper size settings so the 'letter'
settings appear before the A4 settings. The first '@' in this file is used as
the default. Better yet, delete the A4 settings.
Unfortunately, this doesn't always work. The second thing to try is to
edit or remove
The next step is to run
texconfig. There are two ways of
running this program. One way is to type a command line like
texconfig dvips paper letter. The other way is to use the text-based
menu system that allows you to interactively configure LaTeX.
If this doesn't work, edit the file
/usr/bin/ps2pdf (which is
just a short script) and add the option
This will force it to create letter size files. Alternatively, you can enter
the paper size on the command line each time using the command
dvips -l letter.
Preventing dvips and xdvi from printingProblem
dvips and xdvi sometimes try to print something instead of creating a PostScript file.Solution
/etc/texmf/config.ps and remove the ``|lpr'' line.
Installing LaTeX fonts
Converting LaTeX documents to MS Word
The best way to do this is to convert the LaTeX file to a PDF and
use a commercial program like Able2Convert or Nuance.
See Converting LaTeX documents to MS Word
Creating high-quality PDF files from LaTeX documents
When you create a PDF file, the default output often contains jagged
edges. See Creating high-quality PDF files
from LaTeX documents