Mac OS X TeX and PDF fonts : Was [Mac OS X TeX] pdf presentations

Bruno Voisin Bruno.Voisin at
Wed Feb 6 02:37:50 EST 2002

I thought teTeX was set by default to use CM/PS fonts instead of the 
original bitmap (PK) CM fonts. For pdfTeX, the config file 
/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local/pdftex/config/pdftex.cfg tells pdfTeX 
to refer to the map file 
/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/dvips/config/, generated (I 
think) during installation by a shell script. This map file contains 
lines like

cmb10 CMB10 <cmb10.pfb

instructing pdfTeX to use PostScript versions (the .pfb files) of the 
Computer Modern fonts. By the way, teTeX doesn't use the CM/PS fonts in 
/Mac OS 9/System Folder/Fonts, it uses those in 
/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/fonts/type1/bluesky instead (which are in 
.pfb format indeed).

Using your own PostScript fonts is trickier. First you have to convert 
the fonts (assuming they are in Mac OS 9 format LWFN) to .pfb format 
(t1utils from CMacTeX does this), then you have to make teTeX aware of 
their existence. For this you must create a ~/Library/texmf directory in 
your user directory, then create there an arborescence similar to that 
in /Library/teTeX/share/texmf, put your font files there, and create 
updated versions of pdftex.cfg (for pdfTeX) and (for dvips) 
with entries for these new fonts. (See TeXShop's documentation - and web 
page - together with comments in the original config files.)

Not a straightforward process though!

Hope this helps,

Bruno Voisin

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