[OS X TeX] Help for FontForge needed

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Thu Aug 31 01:22:57 CEST 2006

Am 31.08.2006 um 00:11 schrieb André Bellaïche:

> I have read that the first step is to make .pfb fonts from the  
> files sent by the vendor. I could install FontForge, which, I was  
> said, can manage all types of fonts. The first answer by FontForge  
> is "There are several fonts in this file. Choose anyone." (In  
> French, in fact.) Easy step. But after that, there is nowhere any  
> mention of a conversion to .pfb. Only BDF, which is, I guess a kind  
> af bitmat format. What should I do now ?

The manual should describe such things. It's big enough.

> But the main problem is that I do not know if the fonts I have  
> bought are ttf. Maybe there are already Adobe Type 1, .pfa or .pfb,  
> but included in a larger file (I choose Ps-Mac format).

/Applications/FontBook.app (in Finder you'll see only a French name)  
can tell. It works by selecting the font files and double clicking  
them. Then, in Fontbook, after installation, you can inspect the font  
with ⌘-i. I think Linotype FontExplorer X can change before  

> Silly question: What should be the Karl Berry name for "Times Roman  
> SC", "Times Roman OsF" or "TimesTen Roman SC" ?

Philipp Lehman explains the rules to build KB names for ptm: ptmrc8  
and ptmrj8. For TimesTen you can find your own name, I presume. Has  
it some particular encoding or shape?

> Other question: I could read all the files in fontname directory  
> (as Linotype.map, etc.), but TeXShop could not open fontname.dvi.  
> Is that normal?

No. Or you make a faulty description. TeXShop (actually it's dvipdfm)  
would not convert the DVI file to PDF without having a MAP file that  
maps your new PS TeX fonts to font file names and encodings.



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