.TH fig2mpdf 1 "Jun 2006" "" "Including xfig figures into LaTeX documents"
fig2mpdf \- creation of multilayer pdf or eps figures from fig files using latex for typesetting
This tool can create pdf or eps figures using fig files as source. For beamer
presentations, for example, you can use the multilayer mode to create
multiple figures that can be overlayed to get a dynamic figure. For
proper appearance you can use latex to typeset some or all texts,
possibly containing formulas.
The default interpretation of the given fig \fIFILE\fR depends on its suffix.
Normal conversion of a fig file. All texts are interpreted as postscript
texts and all elements of the figure are included in the resulting figure.
LaTeX interpretation of the file. All texts of the input file that have the
special bit set are typeset by pdflatex resp. latex (see: Option \fB\-|+l\fR).
Multilayer file interpretation. Depending on the used depths of the
figure it is split into multiple parts. For each part an output file is
created (see: section \fBMultiLayerOutput\fR).
\fImlfig\fR or \fIlmfig\fR
Combination of multilayer and LaTeX interpretation of the input (see: Suffix
\fIlfig\fR and \fImfig\fR).
The default interpretation of the input can be changed by using the options below.
produce an eps output file. Instead of creating a pdf file (the default)
an eps figure is produced.
force calling (pdf)latex (-) or do not use (pdf)latex (+) for
typesetting the text marked with the special flag. With this option you
can change the default behavior given by the input file suffix.
force set (-) or unset (+) the multilayer interpretation (see:
\fBMultiLayerOutput\fR below) which was previously set by the input
explicitly set the ranges of depths for splitting the input figure in
multilayer mode. \fIranges\fR is a colon separated list of ranges of
the form \fIupper-lower\fR or \fIdepth\fR where \fIupper\fR is the
top and \fIlower\fR the bottom depth in the range. If you use the
\fIdepth\fR form the range consist of just that depth.
include the the bottommost range (that is, the one with the highest depth) into
all output figures. This is for compatibility to older versions of this
turn on pyramid mode. The figure of a corresponding range in multilayer
mode includes all lower ranges too.
set the allowed gapwidth between two used depths to decide if these
depths should be grouped together in one range. With this option you get
more flexibility to insert objects with new depths. The default width is
zero (no gap = consecutively numbered depths are grouped together).
replace the default style for selecting a font family in LaTeX mode.
If this option is omitted the style `times' is set by default.
replace the default header sequence for creating temporary
LaTeX documents in LaTeX mode. To get maximum flexibility you can
set the entire document header in the file \fIheader\fR (see:
\fBCustomized Headers\fR below).
in multilayer mode change the default output file pattern to the PDF
format which is <name>.page<no>.<ext>
be verbose and print out all executed commands
print out the version of \fBfig2mpdf\fR
In xfig you can assign an individual depth to all objects of the
figure. These depths are normally used to determine the order of
printing the objects. \fBfig2mpdf\fR uses these depths to group the
objects into ranges in automatic mode (if the ranges option is
omitted). In the list of used depths, consecutively numbered depths are
grouped into one range. That is, all gaps between used depths are used
to logically split the figure. With \fB\-g\fR you can set the
gapwidth which doesn't split the figure (default: zero).
The resulting list of ranges determines the number of output files. In
default mode all objects with depths assigned to one range are
collected and put into the corresponding output file. The contents of
the output files can be changed with the two Options \fB\-i\fR and
The \fB\-i\fR option reduces the number of output files by one. The
bottommost range, that is the range which consist of the highest depths
of the figure, is included into all output files.
In pyramid mode, activated by the option \fB\-I\fR, the output files
contain additionally all lower ranges. With this mode you can
get stand alone figures that don't have to be overlayed to have
Assume that you have a fig file \fIfoo.fig\fR which contains the three ranges
With no options set you get three output files, one per range. But if you
set the \fB\-i\fR option you get the following two files where the
bottommost range is included in both of the files:
\fIfoo-0.pdf\fR with ranges \fI455-460\fR and \fI499-500\fR
\fIfoo-1.pdf\fR with ranges \fI230-233\fR and \fI499-500\fR.
The pyramid mode, activated by the option \fB\-I\fR, will produce the
following files from the source file of \fBExample 1\fR:
\fIfoo-0.pdf\fR with ranges \fI499-500\fR
\fIfoo-1.pdf\fR with ranges \fI455-460\fR and \fI499-500\fR
\fIfoo-2.pdf\fR with ranges \fI230-233\fR, \fI455-460\fR and \fI499-500\fR.
If both options are set you will get just two files with the following
\fIfoo-0.pdf\fR with ranges \fI455-460\fR and \fI499-500\fR
\fIfoo-1.pdf\fR with ranges \fI230-233\fR, \fI455-460\fR and \fI499-500\fR.
.SH "Customized Headers"
For various reasons you might want to change the standard latex generation,
e.g., if you want to change the default font family. The following
example represents a valid header file.
The usage of this example file changes the font family to sans serif
and adds an additional search path for includegraphics to the `figures'
The following packages are generally used: \fBcolor\fR, \fBgraphicx\fR and \fBepsfig\fR.
.SH "Tex errors"
Sometimes it might happen that latex generates an error while processing
your special texts. To keep you informed about the occurrence of that
error and about what has happened, in this case the log file is shown
by invoking a less command.
In single layer mode for the resulting files the suffix fig is replaced
by pdf (resp. eps) (i.e. foo.fig -> foo.pdf).
In multilayer mode the base name of the source fig files is extended
by '-<range>' and the suffix is set to pdf (resp. eps).
(i.e., foo.fig -> foo-0.pdf, foo-1.pdf, foo-2.pdf, ...
or foo.fig -> foo.page0.pdf, foo.page1.pdf, foo.page2.pdf, ...
if the option \fB\-G\fR is set).
.SH "SEE ALSO"