[NTG-pdftex] \magnification once more

Hans Hagen pragma@wxs.nl
Thu, 22 Apr 2004 09:18:58 +0200


At 23:45 21/04/2004, you wrote:
>On Wed, 21 Apr 2004, Hans Hagen wrote:
>
> > not that any people use magnification, it was needed in the bitmap
> > times to get a bigger output but still in good quality; with todays
> > outlines and fit to paper options of printer drivers ... no need for
> > such thing
>
>It's one robust way to make big posters with pdftex. Just do the poster
>layout on a smaller design page (e. g. 250mm * 350mm, maybe multi
>columns, grid) where the 10/11/12pt fonts (even math) work right
>natively without any font size tuning. Then at the document begin: 1.
>Calculate all page dimensions non-true, 2. set \mag, and 3. reset page
>dimensions to true dimens --- and you get a big poster, with fonts
>correctly scaled. One-file/one-step process, no PDF embedding step for
>ximage magnification required. Also get a small handout version fitting
>to A4, if \mag < 1000. Even with clickable links, which is not yet
>possible with pdfximage (pdfpages package)!

hm, i hadn't thought of that

so, given the previous mails, and looking at the application, and the fact 
that pdftex ships out code in th eprocess, i think that we can stick to:

- the magn is frozen as soon as the first code is written to the pdf file
- the magn is applied to everything

Hans