[OS X TeX] pdf font coding problems

Daniel Flatin dflatin at rcn.com
Wed Dec 21 22:25:32 EST 2005

On Dec 21, 2005, at 18:59, Jens Nöckel wrote:

> On Dec 20, 2005, at 5:35 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:
>>>> Here is an AppleScript that Francesco and I threw together this  
>>>> afternoon that takes a PDF generated from a .tex file and  
>>>> converts all the fonts to outlines. To create an application  
>>>> droplet, copy the AppleScript code, paste it into the Script  
>>>> Editor, and save it as an application. You can then drop PDFs on  
>>>> it and it will convert the fonts to outlines.
> Looking at Intaglio, I see that it has the same problem with LaTeX  
> fonts as Illustrator, as soon as one tries to edit the PDF (rather  
> than just placing it). In fact, Intaglio does a slightly inferior job.
> Therefore, it really seems useful to have a script that automates  
> the ghostscript incantation I posted earlier, for use with  
> Illustrator, Intaglio, or perhaps other programs of that type. Of  
> course, for those who are happy with the command line, all you'd  
> need is to save that one-line "gs ..." instruction as an executable  
> script somewhere.

You are right. I guess I had forgotten that I had punted and gone to  
a high resolution bitmap for my equations.

> I did exactly that, but for the benefit of others I now wrapped the  
> whole thing using the Platypus tool (a very easy way to create  
> applications from shell scripts). So now I have an application that  
> accepts either PDF, Postscript or EPS by dropping a file onto it;  
> it then strips the fonts away and saves the result as a PDF file,  
> with the same base name but the ending "-nofont.pdf"  .

Your program works well. Thanks. I find that all these issues with  
fonts are more of a headache than it is worth. It is one of the  
aspects of LaTeX that keeps me out on the fringe. I keep hoping for  
some new insight, but the more I look the more font management for  
LaTeX appears to be an entire discipline in itself.

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