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[vox-tech] latex help: ps -> pdf



hi all,

i'm working on a document that must be processed with pdflatex.

the problem is that i have some diagrams that must be generated with
postscript specials.  they need to be handled separately since pdf files
obviously can't contain postscript directives.

here's my solution:

1. make the diagrams with:

   latex diagram.tex
   dvips -E diagram.dvi > diagram.ps
   ps2pdf diagram.ps

2. include the new pdf file into the main latex document with:

   \includegraphics{diagram.pdf}

it almost works.

the problem is that the pdf file takes up an entire page.  the "-E"
switch to dvips make the postscript document just as big as it needs to
be.  in other words, diagram.ps is just large enough to fit the entire
diagram.

however, diagram.pdf takes up an entire page.  this means that the
\includegraphics{diagram.pdf} directive takes up a whole page, which is
unacceptable.

i'd like to generate a pdf image that is the same size as the ps image.

any advice?  i realize this is a pretty exotic request...

pete

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