[XeTeX] Fonts and Snow Leopard

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Sep 19 15:45:22 CEST 2009

On Sep 19, 2009, at 7:35 AM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> For XeTeX users who have run into problems with some of Apple system  
> fonts on Snow Leopard, now that they are delivered in .ttc format  
> rather than .dfont, I have a possible solution, and would appreciate  
> hearing whether it resolves the issue for others (it seems to work  
> ok in my limited testing).
> There is a new version of xdvipdfmx available at http://www.jfkew.plus.com/xdvipdfmx-SL.zip 
>  that should work correctly with these fonts. Just unzip the archive  
> and replace your existing xdvipdfmx binary with this one (I'd  
> recommend archiving or renaming the old version, to make it easy to  
> revert if necessary.)
> This is not a Snow Leopard-specific version, so 10.5 users are  
> welcome to test it as well; it's important to check that it still  
> works with older fonts, as well as working with the new 10.6  
> versions. Note, however, that this is an Intel-only binary, so PPC  
> users should ignore it!
> I'd appreciate knowing whether this fixes the issue for people,  
> before committing the change to the repository and pushing it into  
> wider distribution.
> Thanks,
> JK


Thanks for this update.

I'm using SL 10.6.1 and with and it seems to work fine with an old  
Hoefler Text.dfont file (which corrected the problems with the ttc  
italic font before) in my personal Fonts directory and also works when  
I remove the dfont so the ttc font is used.

I also tried it with a file which used both Helvetica Neue and  
Helvetica Neue Light and they came out correctly too.

Haven't tried it on any other system since the only Intel machine I  
have is now running SL.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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