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

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Fri Sep 11 09:44:35 CEST 2009

Hi Nicolas,

On 11/09/2009, at 4:17 PM, Nicolas Vaughan wrote:

> Dear Ross,
> Thanks for your reply.
> The problem persists, though. I think my publisher is trying to  
> open the PDF in Adobe Illustrator,

Oh no!
This will *only* work if he has the fonts installed ...

> in order to do something with the text block (don't know why!). But  
> when he tries to do that, AI reports that KP-etc. fonts are not  
> available. And they aren't available to the OS (and to AI) since  
> they are LaTeX fonts only.

   ... as you have just described.

> Any ideas?

Does he need to adjust *every* page ?

If not, but just the first few pages (e.g., to add their logos,
or the ISBN, or anything else that is their own responsibility)
of the front matter, then create a separate PDF that has these
and let him do what he wants, but keep his hands off the rest of it.

Maybe, on the other hand, he wants to add crop-markers, or other
things for helping define the extent of pages, or put in those
colour thingies for matching colours.
These should be selectable at Print-time, using a color profile,
or whatever. It should not require opening with Illustrator.

So I think you need to determine exactly what he wants to do,
and between you work out what is the best work-flow to achieve it.

Maybe someone else has a better idea of what he wahts to do.

> Best wishes,
> Nicolas

Hope this helps,


> On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 12:42 AM, Ross Moore <ross at ics.mq.edu.au>  
> wrote:
> 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
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Ross Moore                                       ross at maths.mq.edu.au
Mathematics Department                           office: E7A-419
Macquarie University                             tel: +61 (0)2 9850 8955
Sydney, Australia  2109                          fax: +61 (0)2 9850 8114

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