TeX Design Possibilities (was Re: [OS X TeX] ... the faint of heart)
William F. Adams
wadams at atlis.com
Wed May 5 10:28:01 EDT 2004
I typed this up for a salesperson here at work the other week ---
thought it might help put things into perspective here.
- TeX can use _any_ font --- I worked up a method for using even Mac
OS X / AAT .dfont fonts in it, see:
and the link to:
That last also makes use of a Pantone spot colour for the silver
watermark text on the bottom left.
Most of those are in the TeX showcase which is available at:
Other fonts used in the samples already provided include Times (most of
the books, along w/ MathTime), Myriad Multiple Master (Sandefur), Gill
Sans (Kaplan), Frutiger (Jain) and Officina Sans (Wickert).
I have a page specifically on free texts for TeX:
which lists the Memoir manual which is at:
Another excellent text cited there is
Philipp Lehman's Font Installation Tutorial.
The bottom line is TeX is a Turing-complete programming system for
typesetting and the only limits to it are human ingenuity and
processing time / power one's ability to make said resources available
I've done silk-screening, handset a little metal type, carved wooden
blocks, laid out pages with everything from Microsoft Word to
CorelDRAW, PageMaker, Quark XPress, Frame/Adobe FrameMaker, Altsys
Virtuoso / Macromedia FreeHand, Adobe Illustrator, Stone Design's
Create, and even Adobe InDesign.
InDesign is the first program to approach TeX's capabilities in a
reasonable fashion, but it lacks long document and math capabilities,
and isn't scriptable / suited for batch pagination. It's also quite
new, and wasn't available for much of the time I've been doing layout
and design. I also hate the user interface, too Quark /
William Adams, publishing specialist
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