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Converting fonts in preexisting postscript files obtained from dvi files

I often wondered, wheter it is possible to convert a postscript file
converted from a
dvi file which contains bitmap fonts to a file with outline fonts,
provided those are
installed in the system.

It happens quite often that one finds old papers on the net, where the
fonts have been
embedded in bitmap form - and they of course do not scale and look
awful when
converted to pdf.  But the dvi file is not available!  Usually, when
the dvi file is
available one can just convert it to pdf with dvips on a machine with
outline fonts
installed to have a nice ps file, and a nice pdf file from that
afterwards.

Maybe somebody already wrote a software package to replace the fonts.
If so,
does anybody knows it?

 thanks in advance
  Roberto
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"Roberto Avanzi" <roberto.avanzi@gmail.com> wrote:

> I often wondered, wheter it is possible to convert a postscript file
> converted from a
> dvi file which contains bitmap fonts to a file with outline fonts,
> provided those are
> installed in the system.

If the used dvips version is not too old, you can try pkfix
(CTAN:support/pkfix).

Yours sincerely
  Heiko <oberdiek@uni-freiburg.de>
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oberdiek (2375)
4/17/2005 10:17:27 PM
 "Roberto Avanzi" <roberto.avanzi@gmail.com> writes:
>I often wondered, wheter it is possible to convert a postscript file
>converted from a dvi file which contains bitmap fonts to a file with
>outline fonts, provided those are installed in the system.
>
>It happens quite often that one finds old papers on the net, where the
>fonts have been embedded in bitmap form - and they of course do not
>scale and look awful when converted to pdf.  But the dvi file is not
>available!  Usually, when the dvi file is available one can just
>convert it to pdf with dvips on a machine with outline fonts
>installed to have a nice ps file, and a nice pdf file from that
>afterwards.
>
>Maybe somebody already wrote a software package to replace the fonts.
>If so, does anybody knows it?

you've "often wondered" but never thought to look at the faq?

http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=pkfix

caution: only works with sufficiently recent files (i.e., those
generated with a recent dvips).  my experience is about 50% of the
files i get asked to convert...
-- 
Robin (http://www.tex.ac.uk/faq) Fairbairns, Cambridge
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rf53 (2582)
4/17/2005 10:20:52 PM
Heiko wrote:

> If the used dvips version is not too old, you can try pkfix
> (CTAN:support/pkfix). 


Thank you very much!
 Roberto
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4/19/2005 1:51:44 PM
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