[OS X TeX] Revisiting Using Hoefler Text Inside TeX

Thomas A. Schmitz thomas.schmitz at uni-bonn.de
Wed Jun 16 07:18:59 EDT 2004

Hoefler Text works wonderfully with TeX & friends. You will have to do 
the conversion of the actual fonts yourself since it's not permissible 
by Apple's license to distribute them or modify them. For the rest: I 
think Gerben started distributing versions of  the files you will need 
for using the fonts with TeX, but the process could not be done 
automatically, so the approach was abandoned. I wonder, though, if it 
wouldn't be a good idea to have the files posted somewhere so people 
could just convert the font files and download the rest (this is what 
happens with a lot of adobe fonts: you have to buy the actual fonts, 
but the support files are on CTAN). So to sum it up, here's what you 
need to do, I hope I recall correctly after all these months:

1. copy the font /Library/Fonts/Hoefler Text.dfont to a working 
directory (e.g., /tmp/)

2. you'll have to "unpack" the mac format. run

    fondu Hoefler\ Text.dfont

This will give you 5 files:

HoeflerText.ttf (the Roman font)
HoeflerTextBlack.ttf (bold)
HoeflerTextBlackItalic.ttf (bold italic)
HoeflerTextItalic.ttf (italic)
HoeflerTextOrnaments.ttf (swashes etc., I have no idea if they can be 
used with TeX, I suspect they can't)

rename them to


3. Now ruun ttf2tex:

ttf2tex -N -f Apple -o Hoefler -x eht

This will be, as it were, a dry run to test if everything works. You 
will have to confirm your input by pressing Enter twice; then, you'll 
see lots of warnings about missing glyphs swish by, that's OK, don't 
worry. In the end, you'll see new directories which contain all the 
files you will need. Look at them and see if they contain the 
appropriate .tfm, .tff etc. files. If everything went fine, run the 
same command with sudo and the --install switch or, if you have a texmf 
tree in you ~/Library directory, with the --user switch (more 
advisable, IMHO).

4. After that, you'll have to tell your maps about the new font:

sudo updmap --enable Map eht.map

That should be all; at least, it works on my box, and I just love my 
Hoefler fonts.



On Jun 16, 2004, at 2:00 AM, "Musa Furber" <musaf at runbox.com> wrote:

> Last year there was a thread entitled "Using Hoefler Text Inside TeX",
> around May.
> I followed what was mentioned in the thread (use fontforge, ttf2tex,
> edit the pdftex.cfg, and then a sample file). I ended up with a
> document that uses Hoefler Text. Unfortunately, the various ligatures
> (e.g., ff) appear as their un-ligatured (?) form.
> Any advice?
> And yes, XeTeX does handle this well,though noticeably slower than
> pdflatex. Since others were successful in this last year, I thought I
> would ask.
> Regards,
> Musa

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