[OS X TeX] pdfopen in MacTeX useful?

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Fri Aug 3 07:16:47 EDT 2012

Am 03.08.2012 um 11:54 schrieb Simon Murphy:

> why should there be a difference if pdfTex outputs a totally standard pdf?

Maybe the question is whether *all* fonts are embedded… There is a set of 14 fonts that does not need to be embedded because every PDF viewer has to be able to use its own fonts for this purpose (Ghostscript brings in clones). These fonts are:

 • the Times family (four pieces)
 • the Helvetica family (four pieces)
 * the Courier family (four pieces)
 • Symbol
 • ZapfChancery-MediumItalic

You could try to make pdfTeX embed all fonts for the job of creating a PDF file that can be submitted. The commands to preform this are, from the command line:

	sudo updmap-sys --setoption pdftexDownloadBase14 true
	sudo updmap-sys --setoption dvipsDownloadBase35 true

to switch full embedding on and these to switch it off:

	sudo updmap-sys --setoption pdftexDownloadBase14 false
	sudo updmap-sys --setoption dvipsDownloadBase35 false

The command 'updmap --help' will show the commands updmap (for your use) or updmap-sys (for the system's use, then with sudo prepended) can perform.



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