[OS X TeX] How do I instal Mathtime fonts?
erwin at ll.iac.es
Tue Mar 12 17:50:55 EST 2002
>I am still confused (but much less so than 8 hours ago). PostScript
>fonts require two separate files, one outline file (.pfb) and one
>metrics file (.pfm), right? I assume that the .pfm can be converted
>to TeX metrics (.tfm), but what about .pfb? I expect it's here the
>real work is burried and consequently that .pfb files have a certain
>marked potential. Bruno mentioned CMacTeX as a possible source for
>.pfb files, but I'm a Mac newbie and have no previous Mac
>installation of TeX (could not find any PostScript fonts on my teTeX
>distribution either). Should I buy the .pfb files from Y&Y, or maybe
>Blue Sky Research, or is there a clone which can be downloaded? And
>since we are talking fonts:
CMacTeX has some utility programs which will convert Macintosh printer fonts
(aka LaserWriter or LWFN files) into pfa or pfb format. But you *do*
need to have the
Macintosh printer font files first...
(On the CTAN archive, you can find a set of Unix font utilities
called t1utils, which
will compile and run on MacOS X, if you have the Developer Tools
they have to be run via command-line in the Terminal, so that may not be what
people want. I imagine that the CMacTeX utilities are nice GUI
versions of these.)
If you have a normal teTeX installation (such as Gerben Wierda's),
there should be
some pfb files in the subdirectories under:
For example, there are pfb files for Utopia in adobe/utopia/, the Blue Sky
PostScript versions of Computer Modern are in bluesky/cm/, etc. But
fonts won't be there, because they're not free!
You can buy Macintosh versions of the MathTime fonts from Blue Sky
(or you could a
year ago, which is when I got mine), though they come (or came) on a
You could then use the CMacTeX utilities (or the command-line t1utils programs)
to generate pfb files from the MathTime printer font files; you would
these in the appropriate subdirectory (as earlier posts have described).
Possibly you could buy the pfb files directly from Y&Y, I don't know.
>1) It is PostScript 1 and not PostScript 3?
Type 1, yes, unless I'm really mistaken.
>2) Is TrueType a viable option to PostScript fonts, or is PostScript
I don't know what the current situation is, but as of a few years ago
PostScript was still
considered a better format for fonts. I don't think there's anything
a TrueType font from being as good as PostScript, but most
professional design work
is/was done with PostScript, and some service bureaus prefer not to
process files with
TrueType fonts in them. Consequently, most professionally designed fonts
are available in PostScript (though I imagine Adobe is pushing OpenType these
days). Apparently the TrueType mathematical formulation is less
elegant in some
respects: shapes require more description, so font files are larger.
I'm not aware of any standard way to use TrueType fonts directly with TeX;
there *are* utilities to convert TrueType fonts to PostScript, so it
should be possible to
go from TrueType fonts to something TeX can use, if you had a TrueType font you
really wanted to use.
Incidently, if you're looking for alternatives to Computer Modern for
there is the possibility of Palatino + Math Pazo (a set of
mathematical fonts designed
to match Palatino). They should be part of your teTeX installation; try
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