[OS X TeX] Arial fonts

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Nov 16 09:41:40 EST 2006

On Nov 16, 2006, at 9:22 AM, Arthur Snoke wrote:

> My university requires Arial fonts in the official letterhead. I  
> have the i-package latex installation on my mac ppc 10.4.8.  Last  
> update was September 23.  I do not have the Tex Live package, just  
> tetex.
> Do I have Arial fonts?

Yes, but not included so as to be used / embedded by TeX.

> If so, how do I include them?

You could use your system native fonts by using XeTeX, http:// 

> If not, how do I get them?

You can make use of them by specifying the Ghostscript clone of  
Helvetica which is a core font, _not_ embedding them in the .pdf and  
then trusting to the system to use Arial instead (defined as the core  
font alternative for Helvetica back at Acrobat v4 or 5 I think it was).

You can then export a .pdf using Preview.app to get Arial embedded.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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