# [OS X TeX] [off-topic] best font set for using Times?

Gary L. Gray gray at engr.psu.edu
Tue May 8 19:32:03 EDT 2007

```On May 8, 2007, at 5:57 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:

>
> On May 7, 2007, at 2:44 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:
>
>> I am seeking guidance from those of you who really know font
>> aesthetics. :-)
>>
>> We have been using Computer/Latin Modern as the font for the
>> textbooks we are writing. Given that we have nothing better to do,
>> our publisher has recently decided that Times is the font that
>> they want to use. :-) Since we want a *full* set of fonts to use
>> with AmS-LaTeX, we did some searching and found the MathTime
>> Professional 2 Fonts from the PCTeX folks at:
>>
>> http://www.pctex.com/mtpro2.html
>>
>> We have purchased the fonts and have implemented them, but we must
>> say that we don't find the kerning to be as good as with Latin
>> Modern and the subscript and superscript placement in mathematics
>> looks sloppy. Are we hallucinating? Is character placement
>> *really* not as good? Are the MathTime Professional 2 Fonts the
>> best set to be using for implementing Times in LaTeX?
>>
>> Any advice/input would be greatly appreciated.
>>
>> All the best,
>>   Gary
>
> I want to thank everyone who replied to my original query (see
> above). I am still digesting the responses, but one off-list
> response mentioned the Minion Pro fonts as a possibility. I checked
> it out, installed it, and have implemented in the manuscript I
> mention above. Minion has caught the attention of my publisher, but
> now I have run into another problem.
>
> Using Minion Pro as the serif font and Myriad Pro as the sans serif
> font, I am getting some very nice looking output. The example
> problems in the manuscript have historically been typeset using
> \small, but that is too small with the Minion Pro fonts. Therefore,
> I am using:
>
> \fontsize{9.3}{11.3}\selectfont
>
> to typeset them. This looks good, but when I typeset the entire
> manuscript, I get:
>
> ! Font OML/MinionPro-TOsF/m/it/2.325=MinionPro-Mixed-l1-oml at
> ed: Not enough room left.
>                    relax
> l.957 ...d units, units of \$\unc[-]{kg}{m/s\$^{2}\$}
>                                                   \$. In the \acro
> {U.S.} Cust...
>
> which, of course, means that I am loading more fonts than TeX can
> handle. When I typeset enough of the manuscript, TeX fails and the
> log shows:
>
> 1199940 words of font info for 720 fonts, out of 1200000 for 2000
>
> The LaTeX Companion states that I can tell TeX that I don't need
> math at certain sizes, such as for 36pt, using:
>
> \DeclareMathSizes{36}{}{}{}
>
> Unfortunately, I have no idea what font sizes are used for section
> and chapter headings and I am unable to find the relevant info in
> the Minion Pro .sty files.
>
> How can I fix this?

Partially answering my own question, it appears that I can modify the
following line in texmf.cnf to fix the "Not enough room left." problem:

font_mem_size = 1200000

to be something like:

font_mem_size = 2000000

I have copied the file, modified the line above as shown, and placed
it in:

~/Library/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf

but TeX is not seeing it.

What is the best way to modify texmf.cnf?

Thank you again.

All the best,
Gary