[OS X TeX] [OT] Embedding fonts in images
bvoisin at mac.com
Wed Mar 12 04:04:29 EDT 2008
Le 12 mars 08 à 05:13, Charilaos Skiadas a écrit :
> I don't actually use simpdftex personally, though I guess I could,
> but I still think this will not solve the problem of the
> illustrations not having the fonts embedded (this is what Richard
> refers to in the last paragraph I think). I'll give it a try though
> when I get a moment. For now I found a workaround, essentially
> forcing R to not use Times but instead to use the URW equivalent.
> That ghostscript could embed just fine. Still no go with Zapf
> Dingbats, but I just managed to not use that at all (by using png
> instead of pdf).
> I suppose the problem might be that in my system ghostscript doesn't
> actually know about Helvetica, Times etc, only about their URW
> equivalents? So it was not embedding the fonts when encountering
> Helvetica or Times.
Do you mean your publisher is not happy about R embedding the URW
clones of Times, Helvetica, Zapf Dingbats and the like, in the PDF
files that it creates, instead of the original fonts themselves?
That's exactly what pdfTeX does by default, by the way, and what TeX +
dvips + ps2pdf do when instructed to do so via:
sudo -H updmap-sys --setoption dvipsDownloadBase35 true
namely embedding URW clones (Nimbus and the like) instead of the
original fonts (Times and the like).
From interaction with publishers, my impression was that most of them
don't care so much about fonts: most of the time you see instructions
mentioning use of Times New Roman, Arial, etc., but that's just
because these are the fonts shipped with Windows. If you use instead
Times, Helvetica, etc., even if there are indeed differences between
the two sets of fonts in every point of detail, generally the
publishers won't care. Similarly I would have thought (and have
experienced in my case) that publishers wouldn't care if you used URW
If you really want to get Ghostscript to use the actual fonts Times,
Helvetica etc., that's another story. I haven't (and won't) try to do
so myself, but there have been posts in which Peter Dyballa gave
indications on the procedure. See in particular:
It seems you need to:
- Convert the font suitcases like /System/Library/Fonts/Times.dfont to
a format that GhostScript can use (such as PFB). Beware: this would
most likely be an infringement of the OS X license.
- Place symlinks to the converted files inside /usr/local/share/
- Modify /usr/local/share/ghostscript/8.57/lib/Fontmap.GS accordingly.
IMO that's really not worth the effort, the URW clones are good enough
for that matter.
Another possibility is to resort to commercial software (Adobe
Illustrator or Acrobat Professional), and perform font substitution
from there. I haven't tried myself, but this seems a logical step to
Hope this helps,
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