Fri Jan 24 12:28:56 NZDT 2003
> The upshot is: avoid using bitmapped fonts in PDF files if you want it to be
> viewable on screen.
If the document is yours, use pdflatex instead. In any case, use type1
vector fonts in your document. For LaTeX yo9u need to load additional
packages for this. pdflatex will not work with bitmap fonts. Basically,
if it runs with pdflatex, your fine on the vector side. If you use
dvips (may require additional options for the type1 fonts!!) and then
ps2pdf, the result is pretty identical to pdflatex.
Whatever you do, keep in mind that when you have postscript and want to
convert it to something else, there is only ONE(!!!) program which will
do this, and that is ghostscript, no matter how many fancy (or simple)
wrappers you have installed also.
ghostscript 5.50 was not very good in the pdf department, 6.x was
better. I would urge anyone to use 7.05 (GPL for some months now and
included in current Linux distros) for anything related to pdf. Yes,
this included ps2pdf.
Of course, as Michael says, when someone else gives you a postscript
file generated with bitmap fonts, you're stuffed. The fact that
postscript is generally beyond the average Microsoftie is an advantage
here, reducing the likelyhood of this to happen.
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