It seems that xelatex has problems including eps images; please see the below example; eps image can be download from LaTeX Graphics companion examples on CTAN.


latex+dvips+pstopdf: image is included inside the \fbox

xelatex recent versions: image is outside of \fbox

xelatex old versions: (the one coded by Jonathan Kew): ok, image is included inside \fbox.

w.eps is taken from LaTeX graphics companion examples; therefore I do not think there is anything wrong with the image itself.

What is wrong?

  • I think your MWE does not compile with xetex since you provided a \documentclass command, but I can confirm the phenomenon you described with xelatex – user31729 May 28 '14 at 6:13
  • I never meant plain in the first place. – user22486 May 28 '14 at 6:15
  • Perhaps you should nevertheless clearify ;-) – user31729 May 28 '14 at 6:16
  • @ChristianHupfer From the earliest days of the site, we've been clear that LaTeX is assumed unless otherwise noted: realism! – Joseph Wright May 28 '14 at 7:12
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    I think between egreg and I we've tracked down the issue: a change in the (x)dvipdfmx drivers: tug.org/svn/texlive?view=revision&revision=30175. Once I understand the issue properly I'll try to work out a fix! – Joseph Wright May 28 '14 at 12:02

The image w.eps is not an eps file, it is a ps file. This is the reason why it has not the correct bounding box values. Instead of

%%BoundingBox:100 100 150 150
100 100     translate % put origin at 100 100

it should be

%%BoundingBox:0 0 50 50
%100 100     translate % put origin at 100 100

Then it will be correct.


enter image description here

However, the xdvipdfmx driver should behave like the dvips driver, which ignores the translate command.

  • Thanks for the suggested answer. However the edited eps image per your suggestion is broken with latex+dvips+ps2pdf (it is outside of \fbox) – user22486 May 29 '14 at 4:00
  • The only difference I get is the fact that pdflatex and lualatex have paper format letter, whereas xelatex and latex->dvips->ps2pdf have a4. However, all engines produce the above output. – user2478 May 29 '14 at 7:18

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