[Textures] A bit of everything (3/7)

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at me.com
Tue Mar 22 16:15:55 EDT 2011

Adobe Euro

While most 21st century fonts contain the euro symbol, this was not the case with 20th century fonts. (In fact, my main motivation for purchasing a new version of the Lucida fonts from PCTeX was to get one with the euro symbol.)

Several solutions exist, described in section 7.8.7 of the LaTeX Companion 2nd edn. One such solution is the Adobe Euro font, containing the official euro glyph in Sans, Monospace and Serif shapes and Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold Italic styles; see


This font matches well with common PostScript fonts. It's free, but must be downloaded from Adobe. A direct download link is


Read eurofont.txt and get eurofont.sea, which is an old-style StuffIt self-extracting archive. The current StuffIt Expander (for example from the Mac App Store) cannot process it, you'll need either Classic or SheepShaver and run the self-extracting archive in it. I've tried Unarchiver <http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html> but it can't deal with the archive either.

Extracted, the archive contains FFIL screen fonts

	Euro Mono
	Euro Sans
	Euro Serif

and LWFN printer fonts

	EuroMonBol	EuroSanBol	EuroSerBol
	EuroMonBolIta	EuroSanBolIta	EuroSerBolIta
	EuroMonIta	EuroSanIta	EuroSerIta
	EuroMonReg	EuroSanReg	EuroSerReg

which can be put directly in the OS X or Textures Fonts folders.

TeX support files are available from CTAN at


including LaTeX packages europs and eurosans. The latter is my favorite (see the discussion of the two in the LaTeX Companion). There is also a eurofont LaTeX package at


but it feels like overkill.	

The use of EdMetrics to transform the TFM files into a metrics suitcase is straightforward application of the general instructions in the second message of this series, choosing None for the PostScript encoding.

As an alternative, a pre-built suitcase is available from Blue Sky Research, at


Unfortunately, it is not recognized by OS X Textures owing to its type, TFIL, whereas OS X Textures insists apparently on metrics suitcases being of type FFIL. SetFile is your friend:

	/Developer/Tools/SetFile -t "FFIL" EuroMetrics

You're done!


Another font containing the official euro symbol is MarVoSym <http://www.marvosym.com>; see sections 7.8.3 and 7.8.7 of the LaTeX Companion 2nd edn. This is a nice TrueType font containing all sorts of interesting symbols, originally for engineering but now much wider-ranging.

The font has been converted to PostScript format and a LaTeX package written for accessing its glyphs. It is available in this form from CTAN at


A Mac version of the font is included in the package. Unfortunately the versions don't match: the LaTeX package was written for Marvosym v2, dating back to 2000, the included Mac font corresponds to MarVoSym v1, dating back to 1998, and the current TrueType font on the web at <http://www.marvosym.com> is MarVoSym v3.1, introduced in 2007.

>From one version to the next the font has evolved significantly, with symbols removed and others added or changed; see <http://www.marvosym.com/history.html>. Here are glyph charts of the three versions:

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With OS X Textures, the TrueType font can be used directly. The TFM file must be recreated, which can be achieved with FontForge: open marvosym.ttf with it, go to File > Generate Fonts, select "PS Type 1 (Binary)" and the option "Output TFM & Enc". Rename the resulting marvosym.tfm to the name used in the LaTeX package, umvs.tfm. Convert it to PL format, import it into a new metrics suitcase and set the PostScript encoding to None.

Then you need to adapt marvosym.sty to the new font. Attached is an archive with the metrics suitcase and the adapted package. The command names are based on the PostScript char names of the glyphs, taken from the file marvosym.pdf from <http://www.marvosym.com/marvosym.zip>. Compatibility has been maintained as far as allowed by the differences between versions (given for example that there are now two forms of the University of Bochum logo instead of three, and that the e-commerce symbol has been replaced by the estimated symbol).

Beware also that some symbols, such as the soccer ball, show up in the Textures typeset window but vanish when you print this typeset output to a PDF file. I've no idea why.

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Periodically the question arises on the TeX on Mac OS X list of LaTeX support for the Times New Roman and Arial fonts. This seems to be caused by the insistence of some publishers and conference organizers that these fonts be used.

My understanding is that the instructions are written by people working on Windows and using for the fonts the names they are familiar with, Times New Roman and Arial. But these people wouldn't object if Times and Helvetica, or their URW clones from TeX Live, were used instead. I know that there are subtle differences between Times New Roman and Arial on one hand, and Times and Helvetica on the other hand, but for most uses these differences are insignificant.

However, there are cases when the publishers or proceeding editors really mean Times New Roman and Arial, or use preflight software checking for them. Since the fonts are present in OS X, their use in Textures is only a matter of getting the appropriate metrics.

Back in 2003, there was a set of font support files on CTAN, prepared by Sebastian Rahtz in 1998, at


These files were removed at some point between then and now, but I kept a copy. Here's their adaptation to Textures.

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Two or three times the question has arisen on the TeX on Mac OS X list of using the Mathematica math fonts with LaTeX. The fonts are free and can be downloaded from Wolfram Research, in a variety of formats and versions, at


The origin of the fonts is described in a Mathematica Journal article


A LaTeX support package has been prepared by Jens-Peer Kuska at


It contains errors but won't be updated, since the author passed away a year and a half ago as announced at


The fonts and the package have been corrected by the Wolfram research team and the corrected versions are included within the Mathematica application, at


It is possible to make the fonts available to Textures as follows. The version of Mathematica for which the package was prepared is 4.2. There is a TrueType version of the fonts at


The package includes additional fonts (Mathematica*CMTT and wtt*) in PFA format. Open them in FontForge, go to File > Generate Fonts and select "TrueType (Symbol)".

The metrics suitcase is prepared by converting the TFM and VF files to PL and VPL files and importing these in EdMetrics, with the following settings:

- For Mathematica*.pl

	PostScript encoding -> None

- For wtt*.pl

	8a metrics: PostScript encoding -> None 

	8r metrics: PostScript encoding -> TeXBase1

Attached is the resulting suitcase.

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