[OS X TeX] Lucida and bold math

Jürgen Pöschel math at poschel.de
Sun Jul 30 09:56:03 EDT 2006

> Le 29 juil. 06 à 16:43, Jürgen Pöschel a écrit :
>> usually -- eg with Latin Modern or MtPro-fonts -- when writing
>> \boldsymbol $x+\sigma$ or $\bm{x+\sigma}$, you get just that,
>> the symbols "x + sigma" in bold.
> Beware: the syntax of amsmath's \boldsymbol is different from LaTeX's
> original \boldmath. You should use $\boldsymbol{x+\sigma}$, similar
> to $\bm{x+\sigma}$.

Yes, sorry - I meant \boldmath, not \boldsymbol.
>> Not so with Lucida and lucidabr.sty or the newer lucimatx.sty.
>> The bold sigma does not show up, the place is left empty.
>> You have to aks for \upsigma to get a bold sigma.
>> It took me quite some time to find this out.
>> My question is: Is this a bug or a feature?
>> And is it possible to point this out in the
>> documentation?
> There must be something wrong with your installation (or an incorrect
> invocation of the Expert fonts, see below).
> On my setup (Lucida Bright/NewMath Expert fonts from circa 1995,
> purchased from Blue Sky Research and converted from LWFN to PFB
> format for use with TeXShop),

This is exactly my set up, too ...

> with the lucidabr.sty package, all
> works well. I tried, with both pdfTeX and TeX + dvips, the following
> input:
> \documentclass[12pt]{article}
> % \usepackage[LY1]{fontenc}  % with or without this
> % \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}  % with or without that
> \usepackage[expert,lucidasmallscale]{lucidabr}
> \usepackage{bm}
> \usepackage{amsmath}
> \begin{document}
> $x+\sigma \qquad \bm{x+\sigma} \qquad \boldsymbol{x+\sigma}$
> \end{document}
> Both \bm and \boldsymbol yield bold italic sigma.

Well, unfortunately, not so on my set up. Seems I screwed up something
along the way of converting the LWFN fonts, although so far, I did not
notice any irregularities, until this \bm thing.
> Now, if I try the same removing the [expert] option, I get poor man's
> bold (multiple copies of each non-bold symbol pasted with slight
> offsets) for \bm, and non-bold for \boldsymbol. Thus your problem
> might be either the absence of the Expert fonts, or the absence of
> the [expert] option when inovking lucidabr.sty.

Well, neither nor. I do have the expert fonts, and I do have the
Expert option. So there must be something wrong with my configuration
of the expert fonts.

> I can't try with
> lucimatx, as I don't have it.

By the way, lucimatx is available from pctex.com free of charge for  
who purchased the lucida fonts from Blue Sky. I think it's worth it.
> Hope this helps,
> Bruno Voisin


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