[OS X TeX] MathTimes-Textures to Mac OS X?

Dave McCollum mccollum at colorado.edu
Fri Aug 9 14:24:39 EDT 2002


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 <http://www.kiffe.com/tex/carbon.html>.
>- 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 

>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 1999).

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, 

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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