[tex-live] Remapping a Tex Font to an Adobe font in dvipdfm?

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Thu Jul 24 10:39:04 CEST 2008

2008/7/24 Mojca Miklavec <mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com>:
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 3:10 AM, Mark London wrote:
>> Hi - I'm presently using the TeX URW Arial font for Arial, but it's not
>> quite real Arial.  So I've changed the URW Arial map file (UA1.MAP) so that
>> it maps the URW Arial fonts to Adobe ArialMT fonts.  This works great when
>> converting the DVI to PS.  However, I want the same ability when using DVI
>> to PDF also.  Is this possible?  Right now I'm creating the PDF file by
>> converting the PS file to a PDF using Adobe Distiller, but it would be more
>> convenient if it could be done in one step.  Thanks. - Mark
> I don't know anything about the specific question you asked, but I
> guess that both pdf(la)tex and dvipdfmx could use the same (dvips) map
> file. Can you try with pdf(la)tex and see if it works as expected?
The syntax is different but updmap generates both from a single
source. Anyway, it is bad idea to map URW fonts to Adobe fonts, or
generally, free fonts to non-free fonts. People may not have purchased
Adobe fonts. If you think that you just put links to the fonts into
your documents and assume that Adobe Reader comes with the fonts you
ask for big problems. The commercial world cares for money, not for
compatibility. Different programs (or even different versions of Adobe
Reader) contain different versions of the fonts with the same name.
There are at least three versions of Times-Roman and Helvetica in
Adobe Reader. I had big problems with it, interword spaces vanished,
diacritical marks produced by the \accent primitive or via virtual
font were shifted, sometimes even 2 characters to the right. If you
really want to use Adobe Arial, then do not use maps for URW fonts but
create a new map, generate metrics files for the version of Adobe
fonts that you have, change it in your document so that it is clear
that Adobe fonts are being used and be sure that you have purchased
Adobe fonts and embed them in your documents. Good DTP studios refuse
to process PDF files if the fonts are not embedded.

> You can always try dvipdfmx (from TeX Live 2008, not earlier), but
> using pdfTeX is more simple and better unless you need some very
> special features of dvipdfmx.
> Mojca

Zdeněk Wagner

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