[pdftex] Pale print with Adobe Reader

Rodolfo Medina rodolfo.medina at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 16:41:42 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?
> [...]
> I was using the default Donald Knuth's plain TeX fonts cmr12 and cmti12. Now
> the problem seems to be solved using the ptmr font and compiling the tex file
> with pdftex:
>  $ pdftex file.tex
> . Instead, if I do:
>  $ tex file.tex
>  $ dvips file.dvi -o
>  $ ps2pdf file.ps
> , with some printers the result is messing and garbage. Can anybody understand
> why?

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

> What exactly is "garbage"?  There have been problems with font
> encodings.  Did you try "dvips -P pdf file.dvi -o"?

Thanks, that seems to work! :)

Now, trying to sum up: if I want to print my TeX document with MS Windows Adobe
Acrobat, I'll have to use ptmr, ptmri, ptmb in place of, respectively, cmr,
cmti, cmbx, and then do:

 $ tex file.tex
 $ dvips -P pdf file.dvi -o
 $ ps2pdf file.ps

. Apart from the fact that the beauty of cmr is lost with ptmr, how can I
replace cmmi, cmsy, cmbx, cmex, cmtt?


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