Re: [R] pdf font embedding --- again

From: Paul Murrell <p.murrell_at_auckland.ac.nz>
Date: Tue 30 Aug 2005 - 08:04:11 EST

Hi

Paul Murrell wrote:

> Hi
> 
> I think there are two problems:
> 
> (i)  You are specifying the font incorrectly.  Try ...
> 
> # You might need to specify full paths to these
> afmfiles <- c("lbr.afm", "lbd.afm", "lbi.afm", "lbdi.afm", "lbms.afm");
> # Set up the mapping for "lucida" font family
> postscriptFonts(lucida=postscriptFont("Lucida", metrics=afmfiles))
> # Specify that the "lucida" font is to be used
> postscript(file="test.ps", family="lucida");


Thanks to Brian Ripley for pointing out that that should be ...

postscript(file="test.ps", fonts="lucida");

> l<- 40:80;
> plot(l,l,pch=l);
> dev.off();
> 
> Should work for pdf() too.
> 
> This should put a reference to the appropriate font in the PostScript or 
>  PDF file that R creates.
> 
> (ii)  R does not embed font information.  But you can, for example, use 
> ghostscript to do it, as long as you tell ghostscript about the font 
> too.  You might have to set up a file 'FontMap' which looks something 
> like ...
> 
> /Lucida   (PATH_TO/lb___.pfb);
> 
> ... (assuming that lb___.pfb is the name of the .pfb file for the Lucida 
> font).  Then try something like (NOTE that you have to specify 
> GS_FONTPATH to tell ghostscript where your FontMap file is) ...
> 
> GS_FONTPATH=PATH_TO_FontMap gs -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite 
> -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -sOutputFile=testembed.pdf test.pdf
> 
> This should give you a file with the font info embedded and then you 
> should be able to include that in a LaTeX document.
> 
> Paul
> 
> p.s. Thanks for the segfault report.  I will look at why that is happening.
> 
> 
> ivo_welch-rstat8303@mailblocks.com wrote:
> 

>> Thank you---as always.
>>

>> still, I remain font-desparate.
>>

>> I would love to use the fonts from my book, but [a] I cannot figure
>> out how to do this yet even in the R postscript device; and [b] I am
>> using the R pdf device, not the postscript device. I guess if I can
>> solve [a], then I can rewrite all my graphics creations now into the
>> postscript device, and replace the dev.off() with something that
>> follows it with ps2pdf. The following attempt, however, does not work:
>>

>> afmfiles <- c("lbr.afm", "lbd.afm", "lbi.afm", "lbdi.afm",
>> "lbms.afm");
>> Lucida <- postscriptFont("Lucida", metrics=afmfiles);
>> postscript(file="test.ps", family=Lucida);
>> l<- 40:80;
>> plot(l,l,pch=l);
>> dev.off();
>>

>> By the way, if I try " postscript(family=afmfiles);" then I do not
>> get an R error, but R 2.1.0 segfaults, which is probably not
>> desirable. This occurs even if there is no .afm file in the current
>> directory.
>>
>>

>> Can I make a suggestion to the R team? It would be nice if I could
>> specify a pdf() device parameter that says "choose font settings to
>> embed all fonts" (i.e., do not use fonts that cannot be embedded,
>> either). Something that guarantees me that I get a figure that I can
>> give to someone that is fully specified. Right now, accomplishing
>> this is not easy to figure out, and perhaps not even possible. Yes,
>> in the list of font families that R recognizes are some fonts that do
>> not seem among the 13 standard fonts (such as URWbookman). moreover,
>> if I choose it as my pdf font family, it is smart enough to use a
>> different symbol file ('StandardSymL'), which I hope is also open and
>> not adobe. If so, they could be used in principle. How do I get R to
>> embed URWbookman? ZapfDingbats always seems to be included, so I hope
>> this is open and embeddable.
>>

>> more help would be highly appreciated.
>>

>> Regards,
>>

>> /iaw
>> ---
>> ivo welch
>>

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk>
>> To: ivo_welch-rstat8303@mailblocks.com
>> Cc: r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch
>> Sent: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 17:07:14 +0100 (BST)
>> Subject: Re: [R] pdf font embedding --- again
>>

>> On Mon, 22 Aug 2005 ivo_welch-rstat8303@mailblocks.com wrote:
>>

>> >
>> > dear R wizards--- I would like to do some book-on-demand printing
>> at a
>> > popular printer named lulu, but lulu requires inclusion even of the
>> > basic postscript fonts. Interestingly, my book itself does not need
>> > the 14 base acrobat fonts, only the embedded R figures do. Of course,
>> > I really would like to get pdftex to embed the fonts, but how to do
>> > this is not obvious either. [This method seems to be what the R help
>> > page is indicating... The software including the PostScript plot file
>> > should either embed the font outlines (usually from '.pfb' or '.pfa'
>> > files) or use DSC comments to instruct the print spooler to do so.)
>>

>> Why not use the fonts your book does use in the figures? (That's how
>> my books are done.)
>>

>> > So, I would really, really like to embed the necessary fonts with
>> the R
>> > figures. I first reread the discussion in this mailing list about
>> > (eps) font embedding earlier this year. This was ultimately not very
>> > helpful. First, I do not know how to instruct my embedding program to
>> > include the fonts that R figures want. Second, I already start with
>> > the pdf device, so distilling eps files is not a good option--and it
>> > would seem a bit crazy to first use the wrong output device
>> > (postscript), then ship my files over to a windows machine somewhere
>> > that has distiller installed, run distiller by hand, then ftp them
>> back
>> > to my linux machine---just for getting the fonts embedded.
>> >
>> > Is it impossible to get R to embed the necessary fonts in its pdf
>> > output?
>>

>> Yes, as it has no access to them. They are not Open Source. You may
>> be able to use URW clones, depending on their licensing conditions.
>>

>> -- Brian D. Ripley, ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
>> Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
>> University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
>> 1 South Parks Road, +44 1865 272866 (PA)
>> Oxford OX1 3TG, UK Fax: +44 1865 272595
>>

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