[texworks] Poppler problem

Geoff Vallis gvallis at mac.com
Mon Sep 29 15:23:06 CEST 2008

 From my perspective it is not especially urgent, as it seems that one  
can always embed the fonts by opening the file in Preview and using  
'save as'. But eventually, if TeXworks is to become a 'production- 
level product, it seems like it should be able to handle non-embedded  
base fonts.


On Sep 28, 2008, at 3:50 PM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> On 27 Sep 2008, at 5:01 PM, gkv1 at mac.com wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I've noticed that Poppler does not always display PDF files  
>> correctly; sometimes fonts are missing. Perhaps this is already  
>> known, but if not I've posted an example to
>> www.princeton.edu/~gkv/temp.pdf
>> This is a single figure that, when opened in texworks (latest  
>> version) either stand-alone or in a tex document, does not display  
>> the axis labels, at least on my home system and my laptop (Mac OS  
>> 10.5.4). It displays properly in preview and acrobat.
> This is a known problem. (Well, it's known to me, at least! I think  
> you're the first to actually encounter and report it, though.)
> The issue is that your figure does not have the necessary fonts  
> embedded (it uses Helvetica, one of the "base" PDF fonts), but the  
> poppler library I'm currently using was built without support for  
> non-embedded fonts. I suspect it'd work OK on Linux, but for the Mac  
> and Windows builds I don't want to require fontconfig, and that  
> means I need to do some work on the font handling side of things.
> It's not normally a problem for TeX-generated documents, where the  
> usual processing paths result in all the fonts being embedded. But I  
> realize there can be an issue with externally-generated PDF figures  
> that you want to include.
> I'll try to look into this; it's something I was aware of, but it  
> didn't seem very urgent as no-one was complaining (until now!) :)
> Thanks for the report & sample,
> JK

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