[OS X TeX] Newbie TeTex font installation
Thomas A. Schmitz
thomas.schmitz at uni-bonn.de
Thu Nov 17 03:03:49 EST 2005
On Nov 17, 2005, at 2:00 AM, "Paul Vickers" wrote:
> I'm pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to take one of my
> TrueType font families (say, GillSans.ttf, GillSansItalic.ttf,
> GillSansBold.ttf, and GillSansBoldItalic.ttf) and converting it so
> I can
> use it with LaTeX (pdfLaTeX to be precise).
> I'm running Gerben Wierda's TeX installation on an Apple PowerBook
> running OS X 10.4.3.
> I tried using ttf2tex but that generates an internal error as soon
> as it
> gets to the ttf2afm stage.
> I have tried various web sites with different recipes, but to no
> The most recent one I tried was
> http://www.tug.org/mactex/fonts/fonttutorial-current.html#sec2 but
> all I
> end up with is a blank document when I select the new font with:
> where pgs is the font family name I have to GillSans (from the
> I have tried XeTeX, but as I also work with MikTeX on a PC, I don't
> my TEX files to be platform-dependent.
> Can anyone please point a frustrated newbie to a simple set of
> instructions for adding new fonts to LaTeX from a .ttf source?
> Paul Vickers
I don't want to push my own stuff, but: IMHO, the tool texfont (which
comes with ConTeXt and is probably part of your TeX installation) is
way easier to use than fontinst. I have written something for PracTeX
that shows how to convert truetype fonts for use in TeX with texfont:
http://www.tug.org/pracjourn/2005-2/schmitz/ The title of the article
mentions ConTeXt, but there's a section about LaTeX as well.
If you stick to the standard characters within the EC or texnansi-
range, you should be fine with most (not all) fonts. But if the
characters have non-standard names, it's not a good idea to modify
the fonts or the afms, as Pete suggested. Rather, use a custom
encoding file. It's explained in the article; you can ask me again if
you run into trouble here.
I'm really a bit surprised that using truetype fonts is still
considered so difficult. After doing it several times, I now find it
really trivial, and it takes about 15 minutes to produce and copy the
tfm and vf files, include the relevant information into the map files
and write a typescript (ConTeXt) or font definition + package
(LaTeX). It really isn't hard at all, so don't be frustrated.
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