[OS X TeX] TL 2015, XeTeX and System Fonts
msharpe at ucsd.edu
Fri Jul 24 12:27:10 EDT 2015
> On Jul 24, 2015, at 9:03 AM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 24, 2015, at 10:26 AM, Michael Sharpe <msharpe at ucsd.edu> wrote:
>>> On Jul 24, 2015, at 6:07 AM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>>> I have a bunch of FFIL and LWFN fonts and wonder if I can convert them. However when I start up FontForge it doesn't display them in the Open dialog. Am I way off base here?
>> With recent versions of FontForge, it is usually possible. In the FontForge Open dialog, make sure to check "All Font Files" and you should be able to locate the LWFN files. After opening, hit File->Merge Feature Info and select the FFIL. (If the FFIL contains multiple metric resources, you will have to select the right one manually.) There are other methods, but this is the easiest, if it works.
> I downloaded FontForge.app 9with the embedded version of FontForge from May 28, 2015. When I use File->Open and go to ~/Library/Fonts on my system I see none of the FFIL or LWFN files and the setting is for "All Fonts Files". FontBook does show the fonts.
> Good Luck,
On to plan B. From a Terminal window with working directory containing the LWFN, type
t1unmac --raw FONTFILENAME/..namedfork/rsrc > OUTPUT
(You have to substitute the FONTFILENAME and the OUTPUT, which will be a .pfb.) You need to add an afm to get the font metrics. If this is an Adobe font, they make their afm files publicly available for download. If not, it's a little more involved to extract it from the FFIL using fondu, which you must first download and compile.
There is also a plan C that involves a DOS program named Font Manipulation Package (FMP) from the now defunct Y&Y and is now freely available from CTAN.
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