[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  
> 2.325pt not load
> ed: Not enough room left.
> <to be read again>
>                    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:


but TeX is not seeing it.

What is the best way to modify texmf.cnf?

Thank you again.

All the best,

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