[OS X TeX] XeLaTeX from TeXShop

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Feb 7 02:09:59 CET 2009

On Feb 6, 2009, at 7:01 PM, George Gratzer wrote:

> 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, or...
> GG


And a perfect illustration about what is bad about Xe(La)TeX (and any  
other application that uses the local fonts); there is no guarantee  
that the beautiful font you use is available on another system so the  
source is no longer directly portable.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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