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

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Date: Tue 30 Aug 2005 - 09:43:47 EST

Ooops. hit the button too soon. I have tried as arguments variation of the fonts and family arguments to postscript, such as getting the case right (i.e., lucida rather than Lucida). Alas

  > postscript(file="", fonts="lucida");

this is under R 2.1.1, 2005-06-20, built under gentoo from scratch.

so, the problem is probably now internal, not the commands. I guess I will now investigate glibc in a little more detail...

Regards, /iaw

ivo welch
professor of finance and economics
brown / nber / yale

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Murrell <>
To: Paul Murrell <>
Sent: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 10:04:11 +1200
Subject: Re: [R] pdf font embedding --- again


 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="", family="lucida");
Thanks to Brian Ripley for pointing out that that should be ... postscript(file="", fonts="lucida");
> l<- 40:80;
> plot(l,l,pch=l);
> > 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.
> > > 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 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="", family=Lucida); >> l<- 40:80; >> plot(l,l,pch=l); >>; >> >> 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 <> >> To: >> Cc: >> Sent: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 17:07:14 +0100 (BST) >> Subject: Re: [R] pdf font embedding --- again >> >> On Mon, 22 Aug 2005 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, >> Professor of Applied Statistics, >> University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self) >> 1 South Parks Road, +44 1865 272866 (PA) >> Oxford OX1 3TG, UK Fax: +44 1865 272595 >> >> ______________________________________________ >> mailing list >> >> PLEASE do read the posting guide! >>
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