[OS X TeX] Courier font changes?

Michael S. Hanson mshanson at wesleyan.edu
Fri Sep 16 00:02:21 CEST 2005

On Sep 15, 2005, at 5:14 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> On 15 Sep 2005, at 23:01, Gary L. Gray wrote:
>> On Sep 15, 2005, at 4:46 PM, Michael S. Hanson wrote:
>>>     I use the Courier font for \texttt{} in a variety of  
>>> documents, loaded along with Utopia and Fourier in my document  
>>> preambles via \usepackage{fourier,courier}.
> [snip]
>> Have you looked at the same document using Preview under 10.3.X?  
>> It was my impression after moving to 10.4 that everything looked a  
>> little "wispier". :-)
> Isn't Courier one of the fonts that isn't embedded by default, so  
> it is basically up to the viewer and the fonts it has available to  
> show whatever it feels like on the day?
> You could of course embed them all, or use some other font that is  
> embedded, no matter what.

     Hmm.  I have access to two Macs:

#1: OS X 10.4.2, TeXShop 2.0.3, pdfeTeX Version 3.141592-1.20a-2.2  
(Web2C 7.5.3)
#2: OS X 10.3.9, TeXShop 1.4.0, pdfeTeX Version 3.141592-1.11b-2.1  
(Web2C 7.5.2)

     A LaTeX file created on Mac #1 and viewed on either Mac #1 or  
Mac #2 will have a "wispy" Courier font when viewed in TeXShop,  
Preview, or Acrobat -- on either Mac.  A PDF from the same source  
file, created on Mac #2 and viewed with the same applications on  
either Mac, will appear to have a "darker" Courier font on both  
machines.  Viewing at a higher magnification reveals they are  
different Couriers;  the `@' symbol, for example, is definitely not  
the same.  There is no obvious difference in the other font weights  
(namely Utopia) to my eye.

     According to Acrobat (7.0.2) on Mac #1, the file generated on  
Mac #2 (with TeXShop 1.4.0), has Courier embedded in the PDF, whereas  
the same LaTeX source file compiled on Mac #1 (with TeXShop 2.0.3)  
does not.  And I would guess that "Courier New" instead of "Courier"  
is being displayed by all three PDF viewers mentioned above on Mac #1  
for the PDF created on that Mac.

     The preferences of both TeXShop applications have "Ghostscript"  
selected as the Distiller;  the version of Ghostscript on Mac #1 is  
8.51 while on Mac #2 it is 8.13.  I have no idea why Courier is  
(apparently) embedded on Mac #2 -- nor how to make TeXShop do so on  
Mac #1.  Suggestions would be welcome, step-by-step instructions even  
more so.  Thanks again.

                                         -- Mike

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