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PLOS journals require submission of EPS format figures instead of PDF. Most of my figures were made in PDF and I used to simply crop the excess margins and use pdflatex to process the final output.

Now I am forced to use latex instead of pdflatex and had to convert my figures from PDF to EPS. What is the best way of achieving this? Can I crop the margins after EPS is created? Alternatively can I crop the margins in PDF then convert it to EPS? Which one will produce a lossless result?

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pdfcrop followed by pdftops might help you. –  kiss my armpit Oct 14 '13 at 19:39
If you have Inkscape you can simply use the terminal and type inkscape foo.pdf -D --export-eps foo.eps. If you use Linux you can do a loop. Search for loop in bash. –  Sigur Oct 14 '13 at 22:22
@Marienplatz I noticed that pdfcrop doesn't have options for customizing the bounding box. It just crops to dimensions it thinks are correct. -Sigur I would like to try inkscape, but I see that installing it on OSX Mtn Lion isn't so easy. Especially given the fact that X11 isn't supported now. Any workaround? –  cryptic0 Oct 15 '13 at 3:19

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