[OS X TeX] ISO Help - Getting PDF Fonts Right

Jeffrey Weimer weimerj at email.uah.edu
Thu Jun 15 17:59:30 CEST 2006

This is a follow-up to my PDF font issue.

On Jun 8, 2006, at 4:46 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:

 >Those are the replacement fonts. This is normal behaviour, unless you
 >somehow bought the real deal. I'm quite sure you'd know about that  
if >you'd done that.

Some time long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, I bought Adobe  
Persuasion. It included Distiller. I ran Distiller on the PS file  
produced by printing (to PS) the DVI file produced after running  
OzTeX. I recall setting Distiller to embed all fonts but the standard  
35. This must have been why things worked out at the print shop (as I  
now read in Peter Dyballa posts about TeX -> DVI -> PS -> PDF rather  
than TeX -> pdflatex -> PDF ...)

 >... Check the fonts in Adobe Reader -> Document Properties ->  
fonts. All
 >fonts should be listed as "Embedded Subset". This is the default,  
if you
 >see something else, report back here, so we may figure it out.

The fonts all are Embedded Subsets. It must certainly be the lack of  
all glyphs that throws the print services machines off. So ....

I did a serious comparison of the various settings, including those from


1) Herb Schulz:


Note: The packages seem to override the encodings, and it matters not  
whether [T1] or [OT1] is used.

2) Peter Dyballa:


3) Peter Dyballa

By using DVI as TeX output and invoking dvips with -j0 -- this should  
make dvips ...


What I found is, compiling with Tex + Ghostscript rather than  
pdflatex forces a complete install of the fonts. I also found, I  
actually like the T1 font encodings better than the Times/Helvetica/ 
Courier for my lengthy lab manual.

So, I've ended up using the T1 font encodings and running through TeX/ 
dvi/Ghostscript. IT WORKED!

Thanks everyone for your help! That is one more step closer to home  
in my Quantum Leaping ...

(BTW, for those who don't know, Quantum Leap was a US TV show where  
this fellow "leaped" from being one person to another (ostensibly to  
help the person solve his/her current life's problem) due to some  
Quark in a Time Machine (or such), all the while just wanting to tap  
his shoes and go back to Kansas. It was quite a popular TV sh

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