[XeTeX] Font problem with publisher --- help!!!

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Fri Sep 11 07:42:43 CEST 2009

Hello Nicolas,

On 11/09/2009, at 2:01 PM, Nicolas Vaughan wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have typeset a mathematics book using the Kp fonts in LaTeX (and  
> some parts in XeLaTeX). I sent it to my publisher and printer, and  
> they told me there's a problem with the PDF. I don't know exactly  
> why, but they had to open the PDF in a program different from  
> Acrobat (I believe for creating the plates), and they are missing  
> (of course!) the Kp fonts.
> The book has some parts written in XeLaTeX, and there was no  
> problem with the OTF fonts I have now supplied.
> The real issue is with the LaTeX Kp fonts, since I can't supply  
> them to my publisher. (In the texfm directory there is a  
> subdirectory with all the .pfb files of the KP fonts, but I haven't  
> been able to load them in the OS, so they are available to any  
> application).
> I thought that just handing in the final PDF (with the HQ images,  
> etc.) would be all I had to do with my publisher... (As expected,  
> the PDF opens and prints perfectly with any PDF viewer, e.g.,  
> Acrobat or SumatraPDF.)
> Does anybody know how to deal with this issue?

Maybe the "round-trip" trick will work.

On your own machine, using software that you know works,
print the PDF to PostScript, then re-distill the result
back to PDF.
Verify that this new PDF works properly in your own software;
check that all fonts are embedded.
Then offer them this as an alternative.

If you have Acrobat Pro, then you should be able to ensure
that the new PDF satisfies whatever PDF/X standard that the
printer uses.

Of course, to save time in case the first round-trip that
you try does not fix their problem, try doing it in various
different ways; e.g.
   Print to PDF, rather than to PostScript
   Use different applications for the re-distillation;
   e.g., MacOS software, or Acrobat Pro's Distiller
        or GhostScript, or ...

If you have several PDFs for them to try, all on an ESB stick,
then hopefully at least one will work for them.

> Thanks in advance,
> Nicolas Vaughan

Hope his helps,


Ross Moore                                       ross at maths.mq.edu.au
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