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[Groff] Question re: embedded fonts

From: jon arbuckle
Subject: [Groff] Question re: embedded fonts
Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 07:59:54 -0700

On Fri, 01 Sep 2006, Clarke Echols wrote,

I have typeset several books (novels) for a friend using Times Roman
font set and groff with PostScript output.  The printing plant is
asking for embedded fonts, and I don't see anything but what I think
is the font metrics files in /usr/share/groff/1.18.1/font/devps in
files TR, TI, TB, and TBI.
The folks at the printing plant prefer that the fonts be embedded
with the PS or PDF file so there is no risk of mis-matched layout.

Your printers are probably right in demanding embedded fonts
(mine do too).  However, you are saying that they will also accept
*PDF* files.  This should make the embedding easier.  First, install an
up-to-date copy of ghostscript (you probably already do).

   Assuming you have only used the `standard' Postscript fonts in your
document (Times, Helvetica, Courier, etc.), you can simply run ghostscript
on your .ps file.  If you have generated, run the command:

ps2pdf -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -r720

and you should get a my_doc.pdf file with embedded fonts.  The key
here is the /prepress option, which causes *all* fonts to be embedded
in the PDF (usually the standard fonts are not embedded).  Read more
on ps2pdf in the ghostscript documentation for more info.

You certainly *don't* need cm-super for anything in groff.  Leave
the self-flagellations to the TeX guys.

By the way, groff doesn't contain font files for any of the standard
PostScript fonts; the TR, TB, etc. are only the metrics, as you
found out.


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