[OS X TeX] How do I instal Mathtime fonts?

Bruno Voisin Bruno.Voisin at hmg.inpg.fr
Tue Mar 12 07:24:53 EST 2002

 > I just tried to typeset a document in MathTime without success (math
 > symbols are mapped incorrectly, or not at all, on the screen). My
 > preamble was:
 > \documentclass[12pt]{book}
 > \usepackage{times}
 > \usepackage[mtbold]{mathtime}

Did you try any of these two:


Normally you shouldn't have anything to install, all support files are
there in teTeX already, and for me it does work:

- mathtime metrics in
/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/fonts/tfm/yandy/mathtime and

- times metrics in /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/fonts/tfm/adobe/times
(T1 encoding) or /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/fonts/tfm/yandy/times (LY1

-LaTeX packages in /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/tex/latex/psnfss (for
times) and /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/tex/latex/mathtime (for mathtime)

- documentation of the mathtime package in
/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/doc/latex/mathtime (BTW, I couldn't find
that - psnfss2e.pdf on CTAN - for times)

Some comments:

- The documentation for PSNFSS says to no longer use the times package.
It still use it myself.

- For several PS fonts (e.g. Adobe, Lucida) you have the choice to
either use LY1 metrics (from Y&Y, I believe) or T1 metrics (produced by
fontinst). I personally prefer LY1, as I find that T1 metrics results in
far too many hyphenations and bad line breaks.

 > The motivation for using MathTime is simple: There are thousands of
 > fonts available for ordinary text use, but the number seems to be
 > limited to 4(?) for those (like me) writing mathematics in LaTeX:
 > 1) Computer Modern
 > 2) MathTime + MathTime Plus
 > 3) Lucida New Math + Lucida Bright Expert
 > 4) Euler
 > My personal favorite is the MathTime family because it produces highly
 > legible documents (both on screen and paper), and has a somewhat richer
 > font set than Computer Modern.
 > Speaking about TeX-fonts, however, there is one question coming over and
 > over. How do I install e.g. the MathTime fonts? I have read the "teTeX
 > Manual" by Thomas Esser and I have (tried) to read "The LaTeX Companion"
 > by Goossens et al. but without getting close to an understanding of the
 > font matter. I would greatly appreciate any help from this forum to get
 > started on the "font selection marathon". I have a little experience
 > with command line utilities and know programming in general, but don't
 > expect technical knowledge-in-depth from my side!

There are very many metrics available for PS fonts. Just look at 
/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/fonts/tfm. I am a Lucida addict myself! And 
there are also corresponding LaTeX packages, either in teTeX or on CTAN.

The LaTeX Companion is largely outdated. I think you would be happier 
with chapter 10 of The LaTeX Graphics Companion ("Using PostScript 
fonts"). And there is still, if you feel like doing the work yourself,

Hope this helps,

Bruno Voisin

To UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to <info at email.esm.psu.edu> with
"unsubscribe macosx-tex" (no quotes) in the body.
For additional HELP, send email to <info at email.esm.psu.edu> with
"help" (no quotes) in the body.

More information about the MacOSX-TeX mailing list