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Originally, free TeX previewers were only capable of displaying
bitmap (PK) fonts, but free Type 1 font rendering software has
been available for some time, and many previewers now use such
The alternative, for previewers, is automatic generation of the
requisite PK files (using gsftopk
, or similar,
behind the scenes).
In the unlikely event that your previewer isn’t capable of either, you
have a couple options:
- Convert the DVI file to PostScript and use a
PostScript previewer. Some systems offer this capability as
standard, but most people will need to use a separate previewer such
as ghostscript or ghostscript-based viewers
such as (free) gv or (shareware) GSview.
- If you have the PostScript fonts in Type 1 format, use
ps2pk or gsftopk (designed for use with the
ghostscript fonts) to make PK bitmap fonts which
your previewer will understand (a process similar to the way some
browsers fo the job ‘automatically’) This can produce excellent results,
also suitable for printing with non-PostScript devices. (Note: if you
purchased the fonts, it is advisable to check that their licence
permits you to convert them, for private use, in this way.)
- Browse support/ghostscript/GPL; catalogue entry
- fonts/utilities/gsftopk (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
- Browse support/ghostscript/ghostgum; catalogue entry
- Browse support/gv; catalogue entry
- fonts/utilities/ps2pk (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
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This is FAQ version 3.26, released on 2013-02-25.