IPE won't save my file as an .eps whenever I try to insert any text labels.

Here's what I have inserted as the preamble:


Whenever I try to save, I get the following error:

Something is wrong with the PDF file generated by Pdflatex. Please consult the stderr output to identify the problem.

Any ideas where I'm going wrong?

I'm working on a mac if that's relevant.

  • I'm working on a mac if that's relevant. May 23, 2013 at 2:10
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    Edit: resolved. For reference for anyone else who runs into this problem, you may have to add \pdfobjcompresslevel0 to your preamble. May 23, 2013 at 2:55
  • Which Ipe version do you use? May 23, 2013 at 4:04
  • I use version 7, but I fixed the problem (see above). May 23, 2013 at 4:43
  • Sure, I understand that you use the well known workaround, but this is not suposed to happen in recent versions of Ipe at all. I suppose that you use Ipe version 7.0.10 or older. Upgrading to a recent version should fix it without having to disable pdf compression across objects in the preamble. If it doesn't, you should submit a bug report. May 23, 2013 at 4:52

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In TeXLive 2010, and probably other TeX distribution released at that time, the default PDF compression changed, so that Ipe was no longer able to read the PDF files generated by LaTeX.

Ipe version 7.0.11 fixed that problem. Upgrading to a newer version of Ipe should help.

If for some reason you do not want to (or cannot) upgrade, you can insert \pdfobjcompresslevel0 into the Ipe document preamble ("Edit" -> "Document Properties" and change "Latex preamble"). That will make LaTeX use old pdf compression scheme.

See also this Ipe FAQ.

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