[pdftex] pdflatex and font embedding

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Thu Aug 31 01:25:14 CEST 2006

>>>>> "Michael" == Michael Chapman <pdftex at mchapman.com> writes:

  > On Tuesday 29 August 2006 8:59 pm, Bernhard Walle wrote:
  >> Hello,
  >> following problem:
  >> I embed several images available in PDF format into my pdflatex
  >> document. The problem is that the images have their fonts
  >> embedded and so the documents becomes quite large.

  > I commented in detail on my own workaround in/on: Subject:
  > [pdftex] Pdfpages used repeatedly produces 'unprintable' file.
  > Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 04:01:47 +0000 From: Michael Chapman
  > <pdftex at mchapman.com> which I will not repeat all of
  > here. Basically I used pdf2ps then ps2pdfwr.

The idea is good, especially if bookmarks and hyperlinks are not

However, ghostscript's pswrite device does not produce reasonably good
output.  In particular, it destroys all fonts.  It replaces Type1
glyph descriptions by pictures.  In order to get proper hinting you
have to tell pdf2ps the resolution of your printer.  Hence the output
is not portable.

It doesn't make sense to use pdf2ps for anything else but sending the
output directly to a printer.

If you want to produce PDF you'll get better results if you use
pdftops (which comes with xpdf).  It keeps Type1 Fonts intact.

To convert the PS file to PDF, ps2pdf* is ok.


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