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2005\08\11@005252 by liam .

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All,

Just a quick question for all those who have abilities / exeriances
using TeX for formating documents. I would like to layer some images.
I have found it easy to roate, crop and size images however not
position one in an overlap position with another. I thought maybe its
not an image specific thing I want to do and so looked for ways of
positioning paragraphs but had no luck.

Anyone able to shed some light on either how to do this or a page
describing how to do this? Or am I asking the imposible.


Liaaam

2005\08\11@013551 by PicDude

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You mean graphic images?  In WinXXX, anything such as Photoshop or Paint Shop
Pro can do this.  In Linux, Gimp should be able to handle this.  I would
certainly not think of using Latex for this.  (Shudder -- memories of Latex
from my past life :-)

Cheers,
-Neil.



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2005\08\11@213318 by liam .

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On 8/11/05, PicDude <spam_OUTpicdude2TakeThisOuTspamnarwani.org> wrote:
> You mean graphic images?  In WinXXX, anything such as Photoshop or Paint Shop
> Pro can do this.  In Linux, Gimp should be able to handle this.  I would
> certainly not think of using Latex for this.  (Shudder -- memories of Latex
> from my past life :-)

Hm Ok then... we were planning on making a latex stencil and have a
database fill in the file paths so we would just have to run a script
and the new document would be generated as a pdf each time it needed
changing.

Guess its back to the drawing board.........

Liaaam

2005\08\11@223719 by Matthew Miller

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Hi,

On Fri, Aug 12, 2005 at 11:03:18AM +0930, liam . wrote:
>
> Hm Ok then... we were planning on making a latex stencil and have a
> database fill in the file paths so we would just have to run a script
> and the new document would be generated as a pdf each time it needed
> changing.
>
> Guess its back to the drawing board.........

Doing what you want may not be possible using plain LaTeX. The PStricks
package for LaTeX my help you do this though...

It may be time to decide on a different tool. For an application I've wrote
I use LaTex to generate PDF files. I'm looking around for a possible
replacement and http://www.reportlab.org/ offers a GPL'ed software that
generates PDFs. From looking at the documentation it _seems_ that the
layering of images should be possible. Check out what they offer, it may fit
your requirements.

Matthew.

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"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be
their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."
  -- James Madison

2005\08\12@075204 by Philip Pemberton

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In message <.....a1d4c8ba050810215279331d4dKILLspamspam@spam@mail.gmail.com>>          "liam ." <liaaam2spamKILLspamgmail.com> wrote:

> Just a quick question for all those who have abilities / exeriances
> using TeX for formating documents. I would like to layer some images.
> I have found it easy to roate, crop and size images however not
> position one in an overlap position with another.

I don't think you can do it in LaTeX. Best option would be to grab a copy of
Inkscape, then use that to layer the images and export as EPS.

That's what I'd do, anyway...

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2005\08\12@130758 by Peter

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On Fri, 12 Aug 2005, liam . wrote:

> On 8/11/05, PicDude <EraseMEpicdude2spam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTnarwani.org> wrote:
>> You mean graphic images?  In WinXXX, anything such as Photoshop or Paint Shop
>> Pro can do this.  In Linux, Gimp should be able to handle this.  I would
>> certainly not think of using Latex for this.  (Shudder -- memories of Latex
>> from my past life :-)
>
> Hm Ok then... we were planning on making a latex stencil and have a
> database fill in the file paths so we would just have to run a script
> and the new document would be generated as a pdf each time it needed
> changing.
>
> Guess its back to the drawing board.........

If you use enscript to generate PS from plain text you can use the -u
option to generate an underlay logo (text only). The concept can be
extended to graphics but it requires some PS magician's assistance.

In practice you can merge PS pages by concatenating their source codes
before the relevant showpage statement. This only works for simple
sources. Complex source code may be confused by side effects from
variables used in the 'other' page. I have merged up to 6 documents like
this (by hand, 1-page documents, for panelization purposes). The
gsave/grestore pair should be used whenever in doubt. The result was
converted to pdf and printed on film for prototype board manufacture.

Peter

2005\08\13@050131 by liam .

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> > Just a quick question for all those who have abilities / exeriances
> > using TeX for formating documents. I would like to layer some images.
> > I have found it easy to roate, crop and size images however not
> > position one in an overlap position with another.

> I don't think you can do it in LaTeX. Best option would be to grab a copy of
> Inkscape, then use that to layer the images and export as EPS.

This sounds good. Im happy to use something else and then put into
laytex to make the final doc. Would you be able to point me in the
right direction as the only software called lnkscape I can find is
refferenced to on a Spannish website and is broken linked (and I dont
read spannish).

Liaaam

2005\08\13@055702 by Denny Esterline

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> > I don't think you can do it in LaTeX. Best option would be to grab a
copy of
> > Inkscape, then use that to layer the images and export as EPS.
>
> This sounds good. Im happy to use something else and then put into
> laytex to make the final doc. Would you be able to point me in the
> right direction as the only software called lnkscape I can find is
> refferenced to on a Spannish website and is broken linked (and I dont
> read spannish).
>

I think you got a typo there... INKSCAPE, not LNKSCAPE, google has ~1.6
million hits... Including - and I'm just guessing that this might be
useful - http://www.inkscape.org

good luck,
-Denny

2005\08\15@040438 by Alan B. Pearce

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>> Just a quick question for all those who have abilities / exeriances
>> using TeX for formating documents. I would like to layer some images.
>> I have found it easy to roate, crop and size images however not
>> position one in an overlap position with another.
>
>I don't think you can do it in LaTeX. Best option would be to grab a
>copy of Inkscape, then use that to layer the images and export as EPS.

Well, I was thinking in terms of StarOffice or OpenOffice, which have PDF
production capability.

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