# [OS X TeX] Lucida compilation size

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Fri Apr 29 17:55:52 CEST 2011

On Apr 29, 2011, at 6:50 AM, Vic Norton wrote:

> I use the lucidabr package regularly because I like the looks of the fonts. However, I have just discovered that the lucidabr package can have a substantial affect on the size of the PDF output.
>
> I recently submitted a paper to arXiv.org. Initially my LaTeX source file contained the line
>   \usepackage{lucidabr}
> My submission was rejected immediately; so I commented out the line:
>   %\usepackage{lucidabr}
> and my submission was accepted with no problem.
>
> I was stunned by the difference in file sizes with and without the lucidabr line. Also the arXiv compilation is significantly larger than my home, sans-lucidabr compilation. I'd be very interested if someone could explain the size differences in the PDF output.
>
> Here are my results:
>
> lucida line - in or out
>  \usepackage{lucidabr}
>
> TeXShop/pdflatx - home
>  no lucida line - 380.2 KB (389287 Bytes)
>  lucida line - 158.8 KB (162632 Bytes)
>  http://vic.norton.name/finance-math/notionalportf.pdf   (lucida line)
>
> arXiv
>  no lucida line - 436.6 KB (447115 Bytes)
>  http://arxiv.org/abs/1104.5393
>

Vic,

The arXiv version contains many more font subsets than your home version. Take a look at the included fonts using Adobe Reader > Properties > Fonts. That may be enough to add the additional 280KB.

Michael