Rodolfo Medina rodolfo.medina at gmail.com
Thu Mar 8 16:55:28 CET 2007

On 3/8/07, Rodolfo Medina <rodolfo.medina at gmail.com> wrote:

>> I did:
>>
>>  $tex file.tex >> >> and got file.dvi; then >> >>$ dvips file.dvi -o
>>
>> and got file.ps; then
>>
>>  $ps2pdf file.ps >> >> and got file.pdf. Now, with some printers the print all right; with some it >> comes out very pale. If I use pdftex: >> >>$ pdftex file.tex
>>
>> , the result is even worse. The same printer prints other pdf files fine.
>> I need printing my pdf file through MS Windows and Adobe or Acrobat Reader. I
>> tried all the possible settings and options in the print dialog window with
>> no
>> result. Any hint? Maybe a way to properly set the brightness/resolution when
>> creating the pdf file with ps2pdf or with pdftex?

"George N. White III" <gnwiii at gmail.com> writes:

> With current outline fonts, most systems are quite good at reproducing
> the intended
> appearance.  With bitmapped fonts, there can be considerable variation
> in the appearance of a given document depending on the settings used
> to generate the bitmapped (.pk) fonts, the version of Adobe Reader and
> the printer.
>
> To understand the problem, you need to examine the following questions:
>
> 1.  which fonts are used in the pdf files?
>
> 2. do the pdf files contain outline fonts or bitmapped?
>
> Adobe Reader can provide some information, as can the logs and output
>
> 3.  How does your document with a properly typeset example (e.g., a
> book or journal) using the same fonts?

Thanks indeed for your help, but since I am no expert I have no answer to all
these questions. All I know is that I'm using the twelverm font, as from the
TeXbook. In my document there is: \twelvepoint, whose definition is the
following:

%switch to 12-point type
\def\twelvepoint{\def\rm{\fam0\twelverm}%
\textfont0=\twelverm \scriptfont0=\ninerm
\scriptscriptfont0=\sevenrm
\textfont1=\twelvei \scriptfont1=\ninei
\scriptscriptfont1=\seveni
\textfont2=\twelvesy \scriptfont2=\ninesy
\scriptscriptfont2=\sevensy
\textfont3=\twelveex \scriptfont3=\twelveex
\scriptscriptfont3=\twelveex
\textfont\itfam=\twelveit \def\it{\fam\itfam\twelveit}%
\textfont\bffam=\twelvebf \scriptfont\bffam=\ninebf
\scriptscriptfont\bffam=\sevenbf \def\bf{\fam\bffam\twelvebf}%
\textfont\avfam=\twelveboldavantgarde
\def\av{\fam\avfam\twelveboldavantgarde}%
\normalbaselineskip=15pt
\normalbaselines\rm}

, and that's the definition of \twelveboldavantgarde:

\font\twelveboldavantgarde=pagd7t at 12pt

, however the brightness problem is much more about rm.

George:

> For most implementations, the default will be some derivative of the
> Computer Modern fonts.  Certainly the CM fonts have quite narrow
> stokes when compared to more widely used fonts, but that is by design.
>
> If you just want "darker" fonts, there are many font families that can
> be used with pdftex.
> Most current TeX distributions support a number of free font families,
> and there are commercial fonts suitable for use with pdftex.

Well, could you maybe suggest some, and how to put them into my document?

Thanks,
Rodolfo