I upgraded MacTeX on my laptop from the 2015 distribution to the basic 2017 distribution. After installing the required packages, I tried to compile one of my slide decks which use the powerdot class, from DVI through PS and finally to PDF (
ps2pdf13). This worked fine before (in the 2015 distribution), with the output in landscape and filling the full page. With the 2017 distribution, the output comes out in portrait, with a cropped version of the actual slides taking up about 30% of the upper part of the page, with the rest of the page totally blank.
I traced this to a difference in
dvips (version 5.995 in the 2015 distribution and 5.997 in the 2017 distribution). Regardless of whether
latex is run in the 2015 or 2017 version to output the DVI file, it's possible to get the correct output when running
dvips 5.995 from the 2015 distribution, and the wrong output when running
dvips 5.997 from the 2017 distribution.
It's interesting to look at the beginning of the Postscript file in each case. For
dvips 5.995, the relevant part is:
%%Orientation: Landscape %%BoundingBox: 0 0 594 792
As for the
dvips 5.997 output,
%%Orientation: Landscape is missing, and the bounding box line is replaced by
%%BoundingBox: 0 0 1584 1188.
Other than manually replacing
dvips by the older version (or perhaps looking for an even newer version), is there something that can be done to fix the output?