[OS X TeX] Font in TeXShop

Arthur Snoke snoke at vt.edu
Wed Feb 22 14:29:50 EST 2006

Comments have been made in this thread that Times New Roman and Times are 
almost identical.  On the mac, I find one significant difference between 
them, and also for how Times New Roman is rendered in different 
applications.  This is relevant to the current thread because it suggests 
there are several sets of fonts on the Mac with the same descriptors but 
different properties, so compatibility among font rendering can be 

In WORD, for size 11 (for example), Times takes up significantly less 
space than TNR -- that is more words on a page with Times.  Also find 
things like word spacing different depending on the font -- and to some 
extent the size.

If I have a WORD (Office X) document and want to preserve links when 
saving to PDF (I have Acrobat 7), it does not work in WORD, but it does 
work in OpenOffice 2.  But the same document with the same font and size 
takes up more space (fewer words per page) in Open Office than in WORD. 
Also, not all characters are rendered correctly in Open Office (version 
2).  NeoOffice (which last I looked is based on OO v1.something) does not 
preserve links but has a much better html writer than WORD but again 
fonts are not rendered the same as in WORD -- although more characters 
come across okay.

I would appreciate explanations to these observations.  Also, is "Times" 
more likely to be rendered the same among applications compared to "TNR"? 
Are some sizes (12 vs. 11, for example) more likely to work better when 
communicating between WORD and LaTex -- and with users on different 
operating systems?  That is, are any among these more universal?

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