[OS X TeX] MathTimes-Textures to Mac OS X?
matsoukas at psu.edu
Fri Aug 9 15:04:47 EDT 2002
Bruno and Dave,
Wonderful! I did get past the applescript trick but did not think of
lower-casing the pfb files. That did the trick and everything runs
smoothly (I did not have to modify cfg files). I am now almost as happy
as when I was using Textures (I do miss synchronization).
Merci and thanks
On Friday, August 9, 2002, at 02:24 PM, Dave McCollum wrote:
> As I have just done exactly this set of tasks, I can add a few more
> details to Bruno's excellent instructions:
>> Le jeudi 8 août 2002, à 11:30 , Themis Matsoukas a écrit :
>>> I have recently switched from Textures (I can't stand Classic) to
>>> TeXShop. I have the MathTimes fonts for Textures. Is there a way to
>>> convert these fonts for use in OS X? If so, how do I do that? If
>>> not, how do I get MathTimes for OS X?
>> Step 1: Convert the fonts to PFB format
>> - Get Tom Kiffe's CMacTeX_OSX from
>> - Open the script "lwfn2pfb script txt" and save it as an application.
> You will open the file in Script Editor (Applications/AppleScript/ in
> OS X).
> You may have to "check syntax" before saving the script (you may be
> asked to locate the application t1utils, which is in the binaries
> folder of the CMacTeX folder hierarchy.
>> - Drop your OS 9 font files MTEX, MTSY and RMTMI onto the application.
>> - Move the generated files mtex.pfb, mtsy.pfb and rmtmi.pfb to
> You will need to make sure that you have renamed your pfb font files
> with lower case names, as shown above. The AppleScript doesn't do this.
>> Step 2: Get support files for this MathTime Basic font set
>> - teTeX/TeXShop is set up to use MathTime Complete fonts = MathTime
>> Basic + MathTime Plus. Unfortunately, Blue Sky Research ships only the
>> MathTime Basic fonts for Textures. Thus you have to recreate teTeX
>> support files for MathTime Basic fonts only; otherwise you will get
>> many error messages about missing font files.
> If you have also purchased the MathTimes Plus set of fonts from Y&Y
> (highly recommended), then skip the rest of this step.
>> - Download the original mathtime directory from CTAN at
>> - Open mathtime.ins in TeXShop and uncomment the line:
>> then LaTeX it.
>> - Move the generated files to
>> - You may want to keep documentation files in
>> (the doc file is mathtime.dtx, just LaTeX it).
>> Step 3: Tell teTeX the files are there
> The current (or all recent) teTeX distributions for the OS X require a
> little tweaking to get Lucida and MathTime fonts to work. For some
> people, the fonts work as is. As I just updated my TeXShop and teTeX
> installation and then added complete sets of Lucida and MathTime fonts,
> I needed to do the following steps (for MathTimes only --- Lucida
> requires less work).
> So, you will need to let dvips and pdftex know that you are using the
> MathTime fonts. There may be a better way than editing configuration
> files, such as using 'updmap' or 'texconfig' directly, but I couldn't
> figure this out, even after I had read the teTeX manual (which is dated
> Following Bruno's suggestion, I found a solution that does work. You
> will need to edit one of the updmap.cfg files. If you are using the
> hierarchy suggested by Bruno, you will want to edit this file:
> It is likely that it may not exist yet, so you'll probably have to copy
> it from
> (Note that the /Library/teTeX/share/texmf.local/ and
> /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local/ paths point to the same place.)
> Once you've copied the updmap.cfg file into the .../texmf.local/web2c/
> directory, you'll need to add a few lines to the end of the file. The
> map files releated to the MathTime fonts, among others, are located in
> -rw-r--r-- 1 1340 100 213 Feb 4 2002 mathpi.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 1340 100 202 Jun 28 1999 mathpple-ext.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 1340 100 299 Nov 3 2001 mt-belleek.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 1340 100 535 Jan 30 2000 mt-plus.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 1340 100 421 Jan 30 2000 mt-yy.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 545 Jun 28 1999 mtsupp-ext-adobe-bi.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 614 Jun 28 1999 mtsupp-ext-adobe-kb.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 640 Jun 28 1999 mtsupp-ext-urw-kb.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 647 Jun 28 1999 mtsupp-ext-urw-urw.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 1781 Jun 28 1999 mtsupp-std-adobe-bi.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 2089 Jun 28 1999 mtsupp-std-adobe-kb.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 2164 Jun 28 1999 mtsupp-std-urw-kb.map
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 2209 Jun 28 1999 mtsupp-std-urw-urw.map
> For support of the basic set of MathTime fonts, you'll want to add the
> following to the end of the updmap.cfg file (in the texmf.local
> Map mt-yy.map
> If you have also purchased the MathTimes Plus set, as I have (being a
> super-good hedonist ;-) ), then add this line too:
> Map mt-plus.map
> You'll notice that there are other map files listed that define how
> fonts are used. For example, by default, the URW versions of Times,
> Helvetica, and Courier are used rather than the Adobe versions (which
> are not free, though available to owners of ATM Deluxe, Acrobat, etc.).
> Now, you'll want to execute 'sudo updmap' in the Terminal (UNIX shell).
> texhash is called as part of the execution of updmap, so the next step
> is not needed.
>> - Launch Terminal and enter "sudo texhash".
>> Step 4: For the hedonist
> Also, this will give you access to bold italic math fonts, which are
> now prescribed for use as vector and matrix symbols for math
> typesetting as dictated by the ISO specifications. See page 142 of
> Kopka and Daly (3rd edition) for more information.
>> - In case you're interested by more sophisticated features (like bold
>> math italic, upright math, heavy math, upright Greek), you can
>> purchase MathTime Plus fonts directly from Y&Y at
>> <http://www.yandy.com/mathtime.htm> (I haven't, someday I will). Ask
>> them for the fonts in PFB format, not Mac format (unless you want to
>> be able to use the fonts with Textures; then you'll have to convert
>> them again to PFB, as before).
>> - If you do that, then you can delete all the files and folders
>> created in Step 2 above.
> Don't forget to add the additional mt-plus.map entry to the updmap.cfg
> file and run updmap, as described in Step 2.
>> That's it, I think.
>> Bruno Voisin
> Step 5: For the super picky hedonist
> Even with the complete MathTimes and MathTime Plus set of fonts, you
> are still missing the math script, the fraktur lettering, and true/real
> small caps. To me, I can see differences in the letter weights between
> the virtual font generated small caps and real ones. The former's
> capitals and small caps don't match all that well (it's pretty easy to
> see). To me, nothing is worse than poorly "faked" small cap lettering.
> So, to get true small caps and the other missing letters, you'll need
> to buy the Times Small Caps and OsF (oldstyle figures) fonts, along
> with the Mathematical Pi family of fonts from Adobe.
> Changes will be needed to the updmap.cfg file, as well as to some LaTeX
> font support files. You will want to also switch from URW to Adobe
> versions of Times, Helvetica, and Courier, for the best visual
> I am in the process of adding the Times small caps and Mathematical Pi
> fonts to my teTeX installation. After I get things working, I will
> report back to the list. I would appreciate any assistance, as well.
> Well, this is everything I can think of, for now. Let us know how
> things work out. Much thanks to Bruno!
> Best regards,
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