[OS X TeX] eps -> pdf conversion

Alan Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Fri Sep 11 00:51:39 CEST 2015

When you save as eps from Illustrator, are you saving with the fonts you 
want embedded?

Are you using the package epstopdf?

I assume you want to use CM to keep your typefaces consistent. 
Apparently ttf are available here: 

Couple of immediate thoughts.


On 11/09/15 10:35 am, Greg St. George wrote:
> Folks:
> I am trying to resurrect an 700 page text I last worked on in 2007 (?)
> so that I can share sections with my students.  It was written in Oztex
> with graphics done with Illustrator.  I wrote a python script which
> converted oztex's colon directory separated paths to the modern ones and
> I can now get the whole thing to compile in TexShop.  My problem is with
> some of the graphics.
> At the time I was writing I wanted the fonts in the graphics to match
> the computer modern fonts of the text, so I believe that I bought a
> shareware version 'Computer Modern' that was around at the time.  I was
> able to find this on my old G4 mac (still running after all these years)
> and load the fonts into Library/Fonts on my current iMac.
> The graphics problem is that when running either pdftex or xelatex, the
> graphics which appear substitute for these 'Computer Modern' fonts,
> which, unfortunately, I used everywhere.  It seems that the substitution
> is using Courier, which is evenly spaced, and so the graphics get pretty
> messed up, with letters running into each other, etc.  After I added
> this old set of fonts to my newer mac, when I call up the graphic in
> Illustrator (CS5), it is able to find these old fonts, and the graphics
> look o.k.  Even if I 'update' in Illustrator and re-save the graphic,
> the conversion process still uses Courier, so apparently these old fonts
> are an anathema for whatever is doing the conversion. (If I save as a
> .pdf, Illustrator's .pdf's have the bounding box problem - so that
> doesn't seem to be the way to go). I have tried restarting, zapping all
> the 'converted-to-.pdf files etc. but I still get messed up graphics in
> both the xelatex and pdftex versions.
> I imagine it is ghostscript doing the conversions under the hood.  I am
> completely ignorant of this program, and also of almost all things font
> related.  Is there a way to educate ghostscript on substitutions?
> Alternatively, is there a way to write a script which would call up the
> graphics files (there are hundreds) and substitute some other font for
> the bad Computer Modern fonts in the .eps files? Interestingly, if I
> just double click on the .eps files, the conversion which the OS makes
> to .pdf  *does* seem to find these old fonts.
> Sorry for the long story.  Any advice appreciated.  I receive the
> 'digest' version.
> - Greg
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