[OS X TeX] installing font for Latex June 5

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Sun Jun 26 10:29:32 CEST 2005

Am 26.06.2005 um 00:07 schrieb Charles Chapman Pugh:

> I have read Bruno Voisin's notes on doing such font installations, 
> which can be found by googling "Installing Fonts for Latex on OS X," 
> but to the Unix novice they are daunting, and the probability of 
> success (for me) seems low.  Is there not a simple way to install a 
> font in OS X, which can be used easily in Latex?  In fact, at the 
> beginning of Bruno's tutorial several things the reader is assumed to 
> be familiar with are listed, including  other necessary installation 
> guides!  It looks like a long road.

No, there is no easier way yet with PostScript fonts! If the logo would 
be a TrueType or OpenType font you might be able to use it without 
complications in XeTeX/XeLateX, but PostScript seems to be declared 
dead by Apple. (There is Fontforge that could convert PostScript to 

To repeat: to use a PostScript font you need its accompanying AFM file, 
because that's the basis to create the TFM file for TeX use. If you use 
dvips or pdfTeX you too need an entry in a MAP file that tells dvips or 
pdfTeX that this font in not MF (METAFONT) based but a scalable vector 
based font. This missing MAP file entry is the reason that pdfTeX 
invokes mf to create a bitmap font (PK font) from an MF file for that 
font in a general ljfour mode.

It's really not complicated to work in Terminal and on its command 
line. Since you're already able to google, you best try to find some 
introduction into the use of Terminal and the command line. I remember 
there were a few when Mac OS X 10.0 came out. When you've installed TeX 
with Gerben Wierda's i-Installer then your system is made ready to use 
TeX from the command line. If not -- you know this list's address!



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