[OS X TeX] pdf font coding problems ???
kprs at calvin.edu
Tue Dec 20 17:47:34 EST 2005
On Dec 20, 2005, at 7:27 AM, Themis Matsoukas wrote:
> ......... Alas, new is not always good...
> SO VERY TRUE ! jbk
> On Dec 19, 2005, at 7:07 PM, Claus Gerhardt wrote:
>> A few years ago I discarded Illustrator for similar reasons and
>> decided to create graphics with the help of metapost using mfpic
>> as a convenient "frontend". This means of course that pdflatex is
>> the underlying tex engine.
>> In my opinion any mathematician will love the beauty and ease of
>> metapost compared with the clumsy features of Illustrator.
>> And to Claus --- I COULDN'T AGREE MORE about ILLUSTRATOR.
Almost 10 years ago I worked hard (perhaps not hard enough, some
might say, and I might agree) using Textures and Superpaint to do the
text and graphics in my effort to write a book. Superpaint was (and
still IS!) a great graphics program (for the Mac up to OS 9). I drew
every illustration (over 100 illustrations) personally, in (what
turned out to be) my Quaternion Book. I now want to do a revision
although PUP did a subsequent paperback version which corrected many
BUT THEN, Adobe bought Superpaint from ALDUS, and promptly put it on
their shelf --- presumably to let it die. That was a sad day for me.
Adobe chose instead to promote their Illustrator (in my view, a
lessor program). WHY did they do that? --- I do not know. Anyway,
later I even bought Illustrator thru a few versions. Really, gave it
a 'college-try', but, finally GAVE UP.
Various times at AMS/MAA meetings I challenged Illustrator people to
do what I clearly was able to do with Superpaint with a certain
amount of alacrity. Yet, In my view, they COULD NOT do an equivalent
drawing using Illustrator! Admittedly, a rather personal matter and
judgement, and perhaps it was too time consuming for them --- when
their primary mission, of course is "trying to sell a graphics
program called Illustrator to hapless folk." Sorry, but why did
they shelve-it? Why not develop SuperPaint further? Dollars? Legal
I sure do wish I could, or someone could resurrect SuperPaint ---
even though there are other Mac OSX Graphics Programs out there (e.g.
EazyDraw, to mention a great one) that are excellent alternatives
that are (again, in my view) truly far more powerful than Illustrator.
I feel better now "having vented my spleen." Sorry for the RANT ---
not really; I did need it.
With this comment, I really do intend to be constructive and
instructive --- to users who want to do Graphics, and also to Adobe.
PLEASE DO NOT KILL IT. BUT,
IF YOU MUST ----- Please, send it back to me with your blessing ---
Jack B. Kuipers Office: 616-526-6404
Mathematics & Computer Science
3201 Burton Street
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Calvin College 49546, USA
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