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Font not loadable - fontools problem

Postby bgeneto » Tue, 30 May 2006 11:09:16 GMT

I'm trying to install Myriad Pro Opentype fonts with the help of
fontools scripts:

perl autoinst --sanserif MyriadPro-Bold.otf Myriad Pro-BoldIt.otf
MyriadPro-It.otf MyriadPro-Regular.otf

Everything seems to be ok until I launch Yap previewer and see that no
fonts are load, the error message says:

LY1--MyriadPro-Regular--base >>> not loadable

Making PK font:
C:\texmf\miktex\bin\makepk.exe --verbose LY1--MyriadPro-Regular--base
720 600 magstep(1.0) ljfour
Trying to make PK font "LY1--MyriadPro-Regular--base" (at 720 DPI)...
"makemf" --verbose "LY1--MyriadPro-Regular--base"
"ttf2pk" -q -t "LY1--MyriadPro-Regular--base"
makepk: "" could not be created.

Loading 'cmr10' instead.

What is missing? I've put all pfb, fd, vf, enc, tfm, map and sty files
in the correct place (I think), added the to updmap.cfg
and issued mktexlsr before updmap.


Bernhard Enders.

Re: Font not loadable - fontools problem

Postby bgeneto » Tue, 30 May 2006 11:51:49 GMT

Problem found: the file was missing from texmf tree. Now
it works. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Bernhard Enders.

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I searched Internet to find a fix. I'm not the only one who got such
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Unfortunately, it wasn't my case. My CJK fonts were installed and

Finally, I've traced the source of the problem and fixed it. I share
the solution in hope that someone somewhen found it useful.

I use background texts which are produced in \EveryShipout. The text
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Thanks for being so responsive, Derek! I am mailing you the file in

The Debian freetype package I use claims to be 2.0.9-1 (I have also
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under Windows. Under Linux, I tried xpdf and gv.

Of course the results fill a table with 9 rows and 12 columns, which
I'll mail to anyone who's interested, but I'll extract here what
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- the problem with the boxes instead of glyphs arises only if the TT
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  Interestingly, both xpdf and gv have this problem if the PDF was
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  Very interestingly, if the PS->PDF conversion step was performed
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- when the TT fonts are downloaded to the "printer" as "outline" (or
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- the "illegal bfrange" message seems to lead on the wrong path: it is
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Although I now know (by trial and error) HOW to produce one kind of
"P"DF, I have no idea why this is the case. If in both cases, TrueType
fonts are embedded (but are they?), there should be no problem with
either. But what is the difference between PostScript with embedded
TrueType "as TrueType", and with TrueType as "outline" (or "shape")?
And in what way do PDF documents normally contain/embed/use
TrueType? Do they normally need the external .ttf files?

The reason for my concern is that I expect from a "portable" document
format to be portable. Hence I assume there must be a standard way of
implementing things, not several possibilities. At least if using
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