[lucida] Lucida compilation size

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed May 4 09:38:16 CEST 2011

On 2011-04-29 at 09:50:18 -0400, 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

The latter file contains some autotraced fonts (CM Super) which are
much larger than carefully designed Type 1 fonts.

The program pdffonts displays the fonts used in a PDF file.


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