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Re: Palatino font

----- Original Message ----- From: "Roy Schestowitz" <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <lyx-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Geoffrey Lloyd" <lloyd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2005 3:23 PM
Subject: Re: Palatino font

Quoting Geoffrey Lloyd:


I am having issues with the palatino font. It prints beautifully but when viewed in Acrobat Reader it looks awful, as if it doesn't quite scale. Things look crunched an the letters are consistently the same shape. If I zoom in then it gets better but you can't view a document at 500%!!

I have T1 font encoding and am using the textcomp package. Interestingly disabling either of these makes no difference.

I attach a sample page from the pdf created with pdflatex

Any advice greatly appreciated as I like the printed output but also need to have an online version of the document that looks professional!


It shows up fine in KGostView and also in Acrobat Reader 7 (SuSE). I even tested
it on another machine (Fedora) and it appears all nice and shiny. I think you
have a case of missing fonts, which is not surprising when one uses Palatino,
which is beautiful, but nonetheless it is not as widely-suppored as Times, for
example. I think you can (should) publish with Palatino and not worry much.

So the problem appears only if I produce pdf directly. If I produce a .ps then a pdf it fine. THe fonts even look good in .dvi.

I have had a poke about and while latex->dvi uses one set of .pfb files to generate its output, pdflatex uses a different set (URW fonts).

Why do both not use the same?

Also one thing that is puzzling me is that in both cases the fonts are embedded so the output should be readable either way? Admittedly it is different fonts in each case but....

So the question remains how to get decent palantino output for pdf files (I am using hyperref so going via a .ps isn't really an option)

Any experts got any ideas? (I feel this may be beyond a google search)


Roy S. Schestowitz

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