[OS X TeX] Minion Pro and Bickham Pro

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Sun Apr 15 22:00:57 CEST 2012

On Apr 15, 2012, at 9:39 AM, Richard Seguin wrote:

> Thanks for the sample! The sample actually looks pretty good. I opened the attachment in Preview and greatly enlarged it. If anything, it might be slightly too light, but as close to perfect as any other script I've looked at. I looked at the semibold version on the Adobe website and I think it would be too heavy -- more too heavy than the regular weight is too light. It appears to me that the regular version would print well at 9 and 10pt, or at least as well as boondox. (For example, my old ps type 1 Linoscript does not print well at 10pt and below.)
> I'm using the very latest TeXLive, I already have TeXFontUtility, FontForge, and the bickram.zip file from ctan. If I were to install this .otf font (changing the tilt angle to 20% as you suggest), what would be my easiest and most idiot proof overall route? I've looked at bickham-doc.pdf and TeXFontUtility.pdf and am a little unsure.

When you have the otf, you need to convert it to a pfb using cfftot1 that comes with TeXLive. So, open a Terminal window and cd to the folder containing your otf and type

cfftot1 BickhamScriptPro-Regular.otf BickhamScriptPro-Regular.pfb

which will create the required  pfb. If you have already installed the bickham package in texmf-local, you need to copy the pfb to the the correct place in that TDS with the command

sudo cp BickhamScriptPro-Regular.pfb /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/fonts/type1/adobe/bickhamscript

followed by

sudo mktexlsr

You do of course need to enable bickham.map with

sudo -H updmap-sys --enable Map=bickham.map

(The bickham package contains all the virtual fonts, ready and waiting for the physical pfb.)

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