[OS X TeX] fonts in leopard

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Nov 3 01:09:16 CET 2007

On Nov 2, 2007, at 7:03 PM, Christopher Menzel wrote:

> 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


i hate to say it... but one word comes to mind... PDFKit. That seems  
to me to be the common divisor for all but Adobe Reader and,  
supposedly, that works. Have you made sure that the fonts are  
actually included in the file?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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