[OS X TeX] [OT?] Font licenses (was: gtamacfonts ligatures: PDF searchability)

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Mar 28 13:25:01 EST 2006

On Mar 28, 2006, at 12:21 PM, Robert Spence wrote:
(re: Apple bundling TeX w/ Mac OS X)

> "iTypeset", "iMath", "iKnuth" ... just trying to imagine some  
> possibilities here ...

Well, back w/ NeXTstep it was ``TeXview.app'' the program on which  
TeXshop was modelled.

There's also an entertaining story 'bout how the graphic calculator  
was bundled w/ System 7 on http://www.folklore.org

> So the upshot is:  if you've bought a recent Mac OS X and want to  
> be able to use all its system fonts with TeX without losing quality  
> or getting into any gray areas in terms of licensing issues, the  
> best way is to phase out 8-bit-encoded Type 1 fonts with pdftex and  
> push ahead with modern unicode fonts and XeTeX, is that it?

That's my take on it. YMMV, &c.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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