[OS X TeX] Acrobat Presentation Bundle -- Webdings

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Nov 7 13:59:57 CET 2008

On Nov 7, 2008, at 6:09 AM, cfrees at imapmail.org wrote:

> On Thu 6th Nov, 2008 at 21:39, David Arnold seems to have written:
>> Hi,
>> I've installed the latest MacTex (2008) on my Power Mac G5. I am  
>> trying to configure the Acrotex Presentation Bundle from  
>> acrotex.net. In the manual (http://acrotex.net/data/apb/manuals/apb_man.pdf 
>> ), there are some instructions for installing webdings and wingdings:
>> The two font sets, wingdings and webdings, are normally available  
>> on bothWindows and
>> Mac platforms.5 APB has a number of different options for creating  
>> navigational icons, and some
>> of these options utilize these font sets.
>> The following are instructions for getting MiKTEX to use these  
>> dings:6
>> 1. Copy the folder apb/extras/apb into the folder C:\localtexmf 
>> \fonts\tfm. The
>> folder apb/extras/apb contains two .tfm files Webdings.tfm and  
>> Wingding.tfm.
>> For users of MiKTEX 2.6,7 copy the folder into
>> C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.6\fonts\tfm
>> 2. Go to the folder C:\texmf\web2c and copy the file updmap.cfg  
>> into the localtexmf
>> folder C:\localtexmf\miktex\config. Open the file updmap.cfg (the  
>> one located
>> in the C:\localtexmf\miktex\config folder) with your favorite text  
>> editor and add
>> the entry
>> # dings for APB
>> Map apb.map
>> to the bottom of the file and save it to C:\localtexmf\miktex\config.
>> For users of MiKTEX 2.6, click Start > Run... on your windows  
>> desktop and in the Run
>> dialog box enter initexmf --edit-config-file updmap. Execute this  
>> command
>> by clicking OK in the Run dialog box. A Notepad file opens, the  
>> first line of which reads
>> %% T1 font configuration settings. See the MiKTeX manual for help.
>> Now, copy and paste the lines
>> # dings for APB
>> Map apb.map
>> into this document, save and close.
>> 3. Now, go to the apb/extras folder of the APB distribution and  
>> copy the file apb.map
>> into C:\localtexmf\miktex\config as well.
>> For users of MiKTEX 2.6, navigate to the folder
>> C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.6\fonts\map\dvips
>> and copy the file apb.map found in apb/extras into this folder.
>> 4. Refresh the filename database of MiKTEX.
>> 5. Finally, execute the command initexmf --mkmaps from the console  
>> command line.
>> (Again, go to Start > Run... on your windows desktop and in the Run  
>> dialog box
>> enter initexmf --mkmaps and click OK to run.)
>> I need to know how to do this on my system. I tried:
>> 1. adding the tfm files to ~/Library/texmf/fonts/tfm/apb/
>> 2. copied apb.map to ~/Library/texmf/fonts/map/dvips/updmap/
>> 3. adding the lines:
>> # dings for APB
>> Map apb.map
>> to a copy of updmap.cfg in ~/Library/texmf/web2c
>> 4. sudo updmap-sys
> I have no idea how things work on Windows or for MiKTeX but for Mac OS
> X, at least, you'd need to install the actual fonts for TeX. You've
> only installed the support files.
> I'm not sure whether TeX will find updmap.cfg in the location you've
> used.
> At least for Tiger, the OS does not supply Wingdings.
> The copy of Webdings which comes with Tiger is in an OS X specific
> format. To use it, you would have to unwrap the truetype files using a
> tool such as fondu. You can install this using i-Installer if you  
> wish.
> You would also need to compare the name with the names in apb.map and
> comment out or delete the lines for Wingdings if you don't have it.
>> More instructions from the manual: "Testing: Now, test to see if  
>> things are working as designed: Open the file webding_tst.tex
>> (found in the root directory of the apb folder) in your favorite  
>> text editor and latex it, convert
>> webding_tst.dvi to the postscript file webding_tst.ps, finally  
>> convert to the PDF
>> webding_tst.pdf by using Acrobat Distiller. Open the PDF in the  
>> Acrobat application and
>> witness you’re beautiful dings!"
>> The file webding_tst.tex compiled with latex, but the command  
>> "dvips webding_tst.dvi" produced:
> As far as I know, you cannot use truetype fonts with latex - only with
> pdflatex. This is why gtamacfonts doesn't add the map files for the
> converted OS X fonts using updmap/updmap-sys, I think, but loads them
> via style files.
>> apb $ dvips webding_tst.dvi
>> This is dvips(k) 5.97 Copyright 2008 Radical Eye Software (www.radicaleye.com 
>> )
>> ' TeX output 2008.11.06:1416' -> webding_tst.ps
>> kpathsea: Running mktexpk --mfmode ljfour --bdpi 600 --mag 1+0/600  
>> --dpi 600 wingding
>> mktexpk: don't know how to create bitmap font for wingding.
>> kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.
>> dvips: Font wingding not found,  using cmr10 instead.
>> </usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-dist/fonts/pk/ljfour/public/cm/ 
>> dpi600/cmr10.pk>
>> dvips: Checksum mismatch in font wingding
>> dvips: ! invalid char 220 from font wingding
>> I am pretty much stuck on how to proceed.
> Unless you have a copy of Wingdings (or Wingding or whatever it is
> called), there isn't much you can do.


Try using the pifont package which has a bunch of dingbats.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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