[OS X TeX] PDF translation (Mac->Windows) problems
Christopher.T.Allen.95 at Alum.Dartmouth.ORG
Sat May 3 19:21:57 EDT 2008
Recently I've run into some problems when I send my .pdf files to
Windows users. The biggest problem in identifying the problem is its
inconsistency. I have one student running Vista who never has a
problem reading any of the files I send. Another teacher has been able
to read some but not others on the earlier (right before Vista, but I
can't remember which that was) Windows. (Note, in his case every time
he tries to update his Acrobat Reader and goes to check new updates,
it looks like he still needs the same updates he just loaded.) Some
others always have problems; some others never do. (And these are the
same files, not different files each time.)
I use LaTeX with Tex+Ghostscript (because I've had better luck with
PSTricks; PDFTricks had trouble reproducing some things) on TeXShop to
create .pdf files. I use the default font. The problems, however, seem
to be coming later. That doesn't seem to be the culprit, though.
Typically I'm trying to send someone one chapter from a 50-page or 180-
page lab book I've written. I open the book in Preview 4.1 on Mac OS X
10.5.2. I then print to .pdf whatever pages I want and send that
smaller .pdf file.
When an error occurs, the parts that are written in bold show up along
with the general formatting. However, the rest of the characters show
up as dots, as with option-8 on a Mac. Acrobat Reader says there is a
problem with the embedded font.
Has anyone else seen this happen? Is there a known bug somewhere in
all of this?
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