[Mac OS X TeX] Re: How to get teTeX pdf mathematics read by Illustrator X
distler at golem.ph.utexas.edu
Wed Feb 13 22:27:33 EST 2002
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On Wednesday, February 13, 2002, Paul Fons wrote:
> I would like to make some slides in Illustrator using mathematics
> typeset using pdftex (TeXShop). The pdf file looks great in preview as
> well as with Acrobat, but Illustrator, while able to open the file, does
> not display some characters (noninclusively specifically greek and minus
> signs). The type 1 fonts exist in the system Library folder and Acrobat
> indicates that they are imbedded as well (CMSY10 and CMMI10). What is
> the score here -- how can I get Illustrator to read in the typeset
> mathematics correctly. It should be added here that Illustrator 9 does
> apparently read in the file correctly (according to a colleague), but
> has trouble with printing.
If the search facility for this mailing list worked right, you would have
found the answer in a message of mine from December.
(I retrieved the message by going directly to Google and searching
for "+MacOSX-TeX +Illustrator +fonts".)
> Subject: Re: TeX fonts and Illustrator 10
> From: "Jacques Distler" <distler at golem.ph.utexas.edu>
> Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 12:49:06 -0600
> On Friday, December 21, 2001, "Alessio Guglielmi"
> <Alessio.Guglielmi at Inf.TU-Dresden.DE> wrote:
> > I know that there are problems in making Illustrator work with TeX
> > Type 1 fonts. I wasn't able to find a solution, though.
> > The problem is simply stated, I have working Type 1 Computer Modern
> > fonts installed in Mac OS X, they work everywhere else, but
> > Illustrator 10 is unable to import EPS files and show the fonts.
> > Any help is appreciated, thanks!
> Funny, this was the subject of my post a few weeks ago (gotta get a
> searchable archive of this mailing list!):
> > Subject: TeXShop and Illustrator 10 (yay!)
> > From: "Jacques Distler" <distler at golem.ph.utexas.edu>
> > Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 00:03:56 -0600
> > Just in case anyone else puzzles over this . . .
> > For many years, I've produced figures using my trusty old version (3.2!
> > of Adobe Illustrator.
> > One of the features I liked about Textures was that it had an "export to
> > Illustrator format" in the DVI previewer. I could typeset formulae in
> > and, using this feature, incorporate them as labels in the figures I
> > created in Illustrator. (TeX is better at typesetting formulae than I
> > would be dragging individual characters around in Illustrator and using
> > fonts *sure* beat Times-Roman.)
> > I finally (and somewhat reluctantly) upgraded myself to the OSX native
> > Illustrator 10 (very good academic price, I'll admit) and was casting
> > around for a solution to recreate this ability.
> > At first, things did not look good. Illustrator barfed when it opened
> > .pdf file created by TeXShop. Font-subsetting (which is what both pdftex
> > and dvips+ghostscript are set up to do) was not satisfactory to it, and
> > insisted on converting everything from Computer Modern to Helvetica,
> > because the CM fonts could not be found.
> > Turns out the solution is to download
> > <http://www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/fonts/TeX-Illustrator.sit>
> > and install the folder TeX-Illustrator as
> > "/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts/TeX-Illustrator"
> > Illustrator then happily opens PDF files created by TeXShop, and one can
> > manipulate the contents at will.
> > Jacques
> > P.S:
> > I have found that, at the end of the day, it is best to convert the
> > characters included in the figures from fonts to outlines (some versions
> > of ghostscript will barf otherwise), but this can be made to happen
> > *automatically* when Illustrator 10 "flattens" its output for export to
> > .eps or .pdf.
> To this I would only add that the above font collection is missing the
> Cyrillic fonts from the Bluesky/AMS collection. You can get the remaining
> fonts from
> and follow the same installation procedure as above.
> [An alternate source for the bulk of the Bluesky/AMS fonts is in the same
> These are all the work of Alberto Arabia <arabia at math.jussieu.fr>.]
> Jacques Distler
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