[NTG-context] Initial Font Installation Question (Mac)

Adam Lindsay atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Mon Feb 21 10:17:11 CET 2005

Thomas A.Schmitz said this at Mon, 21 Feb 2005 10:01:50 +0100:

>Just a quick reply:
>having the afm is already very good. The file without an extension 
>looks suspiciously like a Mac font resource. Can you try running the 
>utility "fondu" on it (from the command line)? That will usually 
>produce the pfbs (very likely, there's more than one: roman, italics, 
>bold ...). Texfont, btw, can equally well work with truetype fonts, so 
>if you have a proper tryetype font with extension .ttf. you might as 
>well use this. texfont will produce a map entry that you will have to 
>modify a bit (so it points to a .ttf instead of the default .pfb), but 
>that's not too difficult. As to names: don't bother, ConTeXt is happy 
>with whatever name you throw at it.

Only a couple things to add:
When fondu generates the .pfb file, copy the .afm to share the new
(probably longer) filename.

Texfont on MacOSX trips on capital letter extensions: make sure they're
uniformly lower case.

If fondu fails you (it hasn't failed me yet), there's also t1unmac (lcdf.org).

And if texfont installation fails or inexplicably stalls, you might need
to go in and truncate long (255+ character) lines by manually editing the
text file. I've always found these to be comment/copyright lines, so
you're not hurting anything by doing so.

You lucky so-and-so for getting Andulka!

>On Feb 21, 2005, at 1:58 AM, David Wooten wrote:
>> Greetings all,
>> I've been having a lot of fun struggling with the installation of a 
>> newly purchased font, and wanted to double check a preliminary 
>> question before I give in and ask a more thorough question ;)
>> I'm working with Mac OS X, so I bought a font-set with both Mac TTF 
>> and Postscript files. The Postscript folders have 2 types of file for 
>> each fontname: .afm and another without a suffix. The names also have 
>> uppercase letters, such as AndulBooBol (a.k.a. Andulka Book Bold).
>> For the texfont script, it apparently needs the .afm files and .pfb 
>> files. Thus:
>> 1) Are these non-suffixed files the .pfb files in question? If so, 
>> should I rename (add .pfb to) them before trying to install them? (I 
>> could convert the TTF files to .pfb?)
>> 2) Should I take away the UpperCaseLettering as well? Rename them to 
>> something more Berry-like?
>> In fact, I've tried these things with no success, but before I spell 
>> out the details of my failure I thought I would get this straight.
>> Kind regards,
>> David Wooten
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