[OS X TeX] fonts in leopard

Christopher Menzel cmenzel at tamu.edu
Sat Nov 3 01:03:00 CET 2007

Philipp Mathey wrote:
> I upgraded to leopard and now there seems to be a problem with the  
> fonts. Some fonts are replaced by Helvetica or something like that.  
> I first thought that this was related to TeXniscope but it also  
> shows up with Preview. When opening a pdf file with preview the  
> displayed fonts may vary each time I open up the document. So while  
> TeXniscope never displays correctly, Preview occasionally does (it  
> works after logging out), except for some italic font in the  
> bibliography which is not displayed correctly. Very weird. Logging  
> out momentarily helps but when I open up TeXniscope again, it's  
> there again. Console: "ATSFontFindFromContainer failed: count = 2".  
> (Preview) and "Unable to use font : no glyphs present" (TeXniscope).  
> Any suggestions ?  Has anyone else upgraded to leopard and seen the  
> same thing ?

Yes, since upgrading to Leopard, I'm seeing exactly the same thing and  
I'm seeing the same errors in my logs.  In my case, I'll usually get a  
good result the first time I compile my latex code, but if I compile  
again most, but not all, of the fonts (e.g., italic and bold) go all  
sans serif on me.  If I compile yet again, those characters that were  
sans serif return to normal, but those that were normal now go sans  
serif.  Compiling another time or two (or three) usually yields a  
normal document once again -- though only until I compile yet again.   
I've made a little web page of some screen grabs here:  http://cmenzel.org/PDFTroubles 

Note, btw, that you (well, I) can get the same goofy results just be  
repeatedly opening and closing *the very same file* in a viewer.  The  
problem is definitely viewer-independent.  I've confirmed it with  
Preview.app, TeXniscope, Skim, and Yep.  It also makes no difference  
whether I use gwTeX or TeXLive 2007.  And it does not matter whether I  
use the default Computer Modern, or \usepackage{palatino}, or  
\usepackage{gtamachoefler} or any other font package.  FWIW, I did an  
archive and install to upgrade to Leopard but I completely reinstalled  
gwTeX and TeXLive2007 from scratch.

I would guess that this must have something to do with those  
"ATSFontFindFromContainer failed: count = 2" and (in the case of  
TeXniscope) "no glyphs present" errors, but I don't know anything at  
all about OS X internals.  Anyone have a clue?  Something definitely  
seems systematically wrong here.

Chris Menzel

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