Tips on Producing PDF Files from LaTeX
A few tips from Erez Zadok, FREENIX '03 Program Chair, for people using LaTeX for the first time:
Use dvips to produce a postscript file from your DVI, and then ps2pdf to
produce the final PDF. Tools that produce PDF directly from DVI/TEX files
don't always do a good job.
Be sure to use appropriate fonts. Times Roman is best, and it is included in the
Most latex distributions out there contain a dvips tool that by default
formats the postscript file for A4 paper. Force dvips to
produce a format for US-Letter style by using:
dvips -t letter
dvips may not include bitmapped fonts in the produced PS correctly.
If you then produce a PDF file, you may get errors from acroread or xpdf,
because it will miss those fonts. When latex formats the round bullets
for lists, it uses such a bitmapped font. The solution is to tell
dvips to include bitmapped fonts in the PS file, as follows:
dvips -Pcmz -t letter -o foo.ps foo.dvi
If you don't use -Pcmz, or you use another -P option, you may find odd
font problems in your paper (for example, "f" followed by "i" becomes one
character or is replaced with the British Sterling character).