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Re: Benefits of Cairo backend over Ghostscript for PDF

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: Benefits of Cairo backend over Ghostscript for PDF
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2023 12:56:38 +0100

On Sat, Mar 18, 2023 at 1:15 PM Jean Abou Samra <> wrote:

> > It is possible to avoid this waste by using a
> > graphics package implemented in pure TEX (such
> > as TikZ) or using METAPOST (for which there is
> > special support in dvips, dvipdfm(x) and pdfTEX to
> > avoid font and glyph duplication). The package ps-
> > frag doesn’t suffer from this problem either if the
> > EPS files don’t contain any fonts embedded.
> > *There is no need to pay attention to this tweak,
> > because unifies font subsets.*
> I haven't tried it and don't want to (this topic is too emotional for me 
> right now), but if anyone is interested in reducing the size of doc PDFs when 
> generated with the Cairo backend, this tool could be worth exploring.


You could only use this tool if you did some serious refactoring of
the Cairo PDF generation.

Han-Wen Nienhuys - -

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