[OS X TeX] XeLaTeX from TeXShop

George Gratzer gratzer at me.com
Sat Feb 7 02:01:58 CET 2009

On 6-Feb-09, at 6:39 PM, Red Roo wrote:

> --- On Fri, 2/6/09, Thomas Käufl <kaeufl at ira.uka.de> wrote:
>> Am 6. Feb 2009 um 17:41 schrieb Red Roo:
>>> On Fri Jan 16 17:50:51 CET 2009 Peter Vamos P.Vamos
>> wrote:
>>> I tried running the XeLaTeX example from p. 54 of the
>> above AMS article with TeXShop 2.18, but it fails to find
>> the Garamond Premier Pro font. ...
>> the font Garamond Premier Pro is not contained in Mac OSX.
>> If you have not installed this font, the example will not
>> work. The same applies to the font Bickham.
>> Today, I tried this example too. I replaced Garamond by
>> Baskerville and Bickham by Zapfino.
>> So part of the preamble specifying the fonts looks like
>> \setmainfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Baskerville}%{Garamond
>> Premier Pro}
>> \setmonofont[Scale=MatchLowercase]{Courier}
>> \defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text,
>> Scale=MatchLowercase}
>> \setsansfont{Lucida Grande}%{Helvetica Neue}
>> \newfontfamily{\Zap}{Zapfino}
> And very nicely done too, if I may say so.
> That's my point. It is bad form for the AMS author to show off new  
> concepts (XeLaTeX in the case) with latent assumptions (e.g., having  
> certain commercial fonts available) such that when an innocent/naive  
> reader (the most likely audience; otherwise why write it in the  
> first place) tries running the XeLaTeX example in MacTeX/TeXShop  
> (which is beautifully integrated and capable of doing so at the push  
> of a button), only to have it fail!

My bad. To tell you the truth, I did not know. The font is sitting  
there in my font collection, I certainly did not buy it. In all  
likelihood, it was installed by Adobe with Illustrator, or Photoshop,  


> Using these standard Mac fonts, illustrates the point of XeLaTeX  
> without getting distracted by unnecessary font complications. That  
> can all come later.
> That said, it wasn't a total waste of time (from my original  
> objective) because I did discover that the Apple-supplied MacOS  
> fonts are in the root dir /Library/Fonts/ (not ~/Library/...). Even  
> nicer, clicking on the font filenames allows you to see a preview of  
> characters in that font (in most cases).
>> "Helvetica Neue" is the German name. Have a look
>> in the font
>> book for the English name of Helvetica.
>> To see the Zapfino font in its full glory, try
>> {\Zap T}\\
>> {\Zap Th}\\
>> {\Zap Thi}\\
>> {\Zap This}\\
>> {\Zap This is Z}\\
>> {\Zap This is Za}\\
>> {\Zap This is Zap}\\
>> {\Zap This is Zapf}\\
>> {\Zap This is Zapfi}\\
>> {\Zap This is Zapfin}\\
>> {\Zap This is Zapfino.}
>> And don't use the command LaTeX. Use XeLaTeX instead.
>> Thomas Käufl
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