[OS X TeX] Font problem with PDF figures in MacTex

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Jan 2 15:04:05 CET 2011

On Jan 2, 2011, at 7:48 AM, Franck Pastor wrote:

> Le 2 janv. 11 à 11:58, Jean Jeener a écrit :
>> I prepare figures with Illustrator 8 (on my PowerBook G4, under OS 9.2) by inserting mathematical expressions that have been typeset with Textures. The resulting EPS figures were always treated correctly by Textures (also on an  Intel iMac using OSX 10.6.5) and by the scientific journals.
>> When my LaTeX source + EPS figures is typeset with MacTex (Latex, pdftex), the mathematical expressions in a figure are rendered correctly or incorrectly in the PDF output window, depending upon the text surrounding the figure (!!), as shown by the simple example attached. I have also attached a screen capture showing the problem (the \gamma should be a space !). Following advice from Richard Koch, I was happy to see that the problem does not show up when I use Tex and DVI instead of pdftex. Nevertheless, this is a very strange bug.
> I used the Apple Distiller to convert this EPS figure to a PDF one. After direct inclusion of this figure to the "bad" tex file (\includegraphics{fig.pdf}) the problem does not show up any more.
> It seems that this a problem related to the distiller that comes with TeX Live 2010…


Well, when I run this through pdflatex the figure shows up badly in the document but if I look at the pdf produced by the conversion used by the graphicx package (which uses the epstopdf script) in Preview it looks fine although it comes out wrong in the document produced by pdflatex!

As a side note I also get a bib file produced which can't be processed by bibtex.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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