[OS X TeX] OT: help with font embeddings
jan at linguist.umass.edu
Tue Mar 7 22:05:46 EST 2006
first, i wanted to say thanks again for all the replies, they were
second, i just wanted to post some of my experiences. not sure i
understand overall what was going on in every case, but maybe some of
it is still interesting...
i ended up using a combination of both methods.
*** 1 *** pdf -> ps, and then redistilling with acrobat
* using pdftops from the xpdf suite:
--- for many papers this produced a font mess, for instance in tex-ed
papers the fi ligature would come out as a T with a dot underneath
(fun way to discover new glyphs)
--- for some reason or other the itc zapf dingbats i have could not
be embedded at all. once i copied a .pfb version from a pc-version of
acrobat reader over into my font library, it worked.
* using pdf2ps from gs:
--- fonts in the above papers came out right, but everything was
bitmapped. redistilling the files was really slow (37 sec. for a 19
page paper vs. 9 sec. for the pdftops produced one).
*** 2 *** save as pdf/x-3 (save as / print to pdf) from preview
this worked nicely. in comparison to acrobat distiller with detailed
options, preview asks you surprisingly few questions (actually,
none). later i found that some of the settings can be adjusted
within /Applications/Utilities/ColorSync Utility under Filters.
this route seemed to work nicely for all documents that displayed
right in preview, and was what i mainly used.
one paper didn't display quotation marks right in preview (despite
having all fonts embedded), however that one was curable using the
pdftops > redistill route.
sorry this is kinda delayed after the original posts, but progress
was a little slow, and other things intervened. but now all worked
out, and i learned about pdffonts, and have a tiny perl script that
can run it on multiple files, and report potential troubles, which
will be very helpful in the future. so, thanks for all!
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