[pdftex] ratty fonts when importing pdftex output into Windows Journal

Roboco Sanchez roboco2004 at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 18 18:52:48 CEST 2004

--- Cliff Bergman <cbergman at iastate.edu> wrote:
> --On Friday, June 18, 2004 01:28:44 AM +0200
> Reinhard Kotucha 
> <reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:
> >>>>>> "Clifford" == Clifford Bergman
> <cbergman at iastate.edu> writes:
> >
> >     > However, I recently upgraded linux, and
> along with it, pdftex,
> >     > which went from version
> 1.00b-pretest-20020211 to version
> >     > 1.10b. Using this new version, the fonts (in
> windows journal)
> >     > look very ragged, [...]
> >
> > Do you still have a PDF file produced by the old
> version?  It would be
> > nice if you could provide a PDF file produced by
> the old version and
> > one produced by the new one.
> Thank you very much for trying to help me. I've put
> together a pretty 
> minimal example of the difference the two versions
> of pdftex create. The 
> directory
> http://orion.math.iastate.edu/cbergman/pdftest/
> contains two subdirectories: pdftex1.00b and
> pdftex1.10b. Each contains a 
> pdf file  created by that version of pdftex. Each
> also contains a windows 
> journal file (extension .jnt) created from the
> corresponding pdf file.
> Please note that the pdf files both look fine. It is
> only the journal files 
> that look different. To view the journal files you
> will need Microsoft's 
> proprietary (surprise, surprise) journal viewer,
> which is available from 
> -96d4-d1eb70eacb44&DisplayLang=en. It is free.

I wonder how many here will download it ;).

The fonts in the bad jnt is bitmapped while the good
jnt is vector. Filesize of the bad one is almost 10
times bigger then the good one's.

> I did notice one difference in the pdf files myself.
> pdftex1.00b produces a 
> pdf file conforming to pdf-1.3, while pdftex1.10b
> conforms to pdf-1.4. Is 
> there a way to tell pdftex1.10b to output code in
> pdf-1.3 format?

You can try either:
- put \pdfoptionpdfminorversion=3 in the first line of
your .tex, or
- locate pdftex.cfg
(/usr/share/texmf/pdftex/config/pdftex.cfg on teTeX or
c:\texmf\pdftex\config\pdftex.cfg on MiKTeX, for
example) and look for "pdf_minorversion 4" change it
to "pdf_minorversion 3" (system-wide)


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