[OS X TeX] idiot's questions

nrich123 at mac.com nrich123 at mac.com
Fri May 10 02:07:34 CEST 2002

hi all:

After many years, I have come back to LaTeX via Richard Koch et al's 
TeXShop - thanks to
all involved for allowing me to break free of Word!

In the meantime, the world of TeX has  got all confusing - I was pre 2e!

I have two questions. I think one might be hard, the other easy.

1) I have a large number of fonts which used to live in my MacOS 9 
system; typically they have
a bitmap file and a postscript file and, in some cases, an AFM file. I 
should think the postscript
files are in LWFN format.

I would like to create a generalised way of using these fonts in 
TeXshop. I know that Metafont is a
better way of doing things than PostScript, but I do like Bembo, Joanna, 
Sabon, and friends.
Last time I used TeX (on Suns) I had a program that converted these 
fonts to pfb format and then I remember
making virtual fonts and tfms and so on. I don't suppose any of that 
would be any use now even
if I could remember it.

Ideally, I'd like to create a package called, say, Bembo, and have it 
work when I say usepackage{Bembo}
- and I 'd like also to be able to specify font faces for particular 
pieces of text.
Could anyone point me in the right direction here? A reasonably thorough 
web search has not turned up what
I need, but I'm not sure where to start.

2) Is there any kind of a change tracking feature in LaTeX that I'm 
missing? I would like to create docs collaboratively
in my team... it would be nice to be able to see what's changed. I'm not 
sure whether I would like a tool that shows this
in the .tex file or the .pdf file more. Word's change tracking feature 
does most of what I want, though it is ugly and overuse always corrupts 
documents. Perhaps the real answer is CVS?

Many thanks in advance for any pointers...

Nick Rich

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