pstricks and Type 3 fonts

A warning to those who use the LaTeX package pstricks to make figures for papers : the macro “\psdots” will use a Type 3 font in the image that may cause your pre-press PDF validity checker to get annoyed at you. To avoid this you have to use “\pscircle,” which for me means a lot of cutting and pasting.

UPDATE : See my earlier experience for more pstricks + type 3 fonts issues. This time, however, the dashed lines were completely fine, so that makes me think that the IEEE PDF engine was even more confused than this one.

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5 thoughts on “pstricks and Type 3 fonts

  1. The syntax for psdots is \psdots(x1,y1)(x2,y2) etc. So I did find and replace on )( but I still had to manually tell each one yes lest I screw up earlier postscript commands. It’s more like cutting once and pasting many times.

    Whatever, it wasn’t a huge deal except that figuring out which command was offending required submitting a PDF for a validity check over and over again. Which is stupid.

  2. Just going through the same pain. Easiest way of finding out if the pdf contains Type 3 fonts is to open it in Adobe Reader and select Document Properties then Fonts.

    • An easier way is to run pdffonts . Will save a lot of time when trying to figure out where the type 3 fonts/glyphs were generated.

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