[OS X TeX] Printing wrong from Acrobat, right from TeXShop

Aaron Jackson jackson at msrce.howard.edu
Wed Jun 22 00:05:24 CEST 2005

On Jun 21, 2005, at 5:46 PM, Josep M.Font wrote:

> Hi,
> Since some weeks, a strange problem happens to me from time to 
> time--not always: If I try to print from Acrobat Reader a pdf file 
> produced by some TeX variety, some fonts, not all, seem to be missing 
> and are substituted by courier, with wrong spacing, etc. This seems to 
> happen with only some sizes of cmr, since \Large, \textbf, \textsc, 
> maths, etc. print OK. The file is correctly viewed on screen, and 
> moreover if I open it with TeXShop--even when it was produced in 
> another computer with another TeX--then it prints correctly!
> Does this seem to be an installation-related problem ? Or rather a 
> printer-related one ? I don't know how differently handle fonts and 
> printing the Reader and TeXShop... (well, I know nothing at all...). 
> Any advice about where should I direct my next steps will be greatly 
> appreciated...

Don't know if this is your problem, but one time I was looking at a 
pdflatex generated pdf with Acrobat and then proceeded to run it 
through pdflatex while it was still open in Acrobat.  It didn't occur 
to me that would cause problems until Acrobat started showing me some 

If you are using computer modern (or any non standard font), then the 
fonts themselves should be embedded in the document, so there should be 
no font substitution.  The document should look the same in any program 
on any computer.  If you are using standard fonts, then they might not 
embedded by default, which is a problem IMO.

Unless you can provide an example, it is hard to say what is causing 
this.  Generally speaking, things either work or not. Intermittent 
problems usually indicate something subtle is going on.


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