[OS X TeX] Illustrator cannot use partial sets of TeX fonts

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Aug 9 16:00:02 CEST 2006

On Aug 9, 2006, at 9:17 AM, André Bellaïche wrote:

> The pdf output produced by pdflatex cannot be opened by Adobe  
> Illustrator CS : the error messages says "missing fonts".
> You can look into the pdf document, using Acrobat: it says that  
> only partial sets of fonts CMMI, CMR, CMSY have been incorporated  
> to the file.

If you just place, instead of open the file this won't be an issue if  
it meets your needs.

> You can try to typeset the same file with \usepackage{fourier}. In  
> this case, the Utopia text fonts can be faund in the system, so you  
> get the same problem, but only with math fonts.
> Does anybody knows a way
> - either to force pdflatex to incorprate the whole font used, not a  
> partial set ;

This can be done be using i-Installer to configure things for full  
download or using updmap for the same or manually forcing it at the  
command line for a particular run.

> - to make system fonts out of the TeX fonts of families CMR and  
> alike, and of Fourier family ?


Merge all of the fonts into one file, set them to have Unicode  
encoding and export as OpenType.

Won't be useful for anything though 'cause the additional math metric  
information won't be assigned to the characters in the font. The next  
step on this is improving XeTeX so that it can use Unicode math fonts  
which Jonathan Kew has been working on.

> P.S. MacOS system fonts were the native fonts used by Textures. I  
> suppose that XeLaTex could also use such MacOS system fonts.

So does pdftex & al.

The problem is that the fonts don't use a standard encoding and AI  
won't accept anything but the native system encoding or Unicode.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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