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Mathematica EPS to Distiller PDF Font Problem Solved (?)

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  • Subject: [mg34036] Mathematica EPS to Distiller PDF Font Problem Solved (?)
  • From: aes <siegman at>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002 00:56:57 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

There have been a number of postings in the past, from me and others, about a 
problem in which Distiller 5.0 will refuse to distill (convert to PDF) documents 
produced by Word, PowerPoint, Textures, etc., if these documents contain EPS 
graphics that were originally produced by and exported from Mathematica.  

The problem seemed to have something to do with complexities of legal 
authorizations to reproduce or imbed certain Math 1 fonts used by Mathematica as 
default fonts for graphics (although this may not be actually correct, and my 
understanding of the exact details is limited). 

 The problem did not occur in Acrobat/Distiller 3.0, and could be worked around 
in 5.0 by opening the EPS graphics in Illustrator and converting any text in 
Math 1 fonts to Helvetica or some other font before inserting them into any 

I've recently received a communication from Peter Heemeijer, University of 
Amsterdam, saying that the problem appears to be solved by opening the 
"Settings" menu in Distiller and adding the folder


to the list of "Font Locations".  This works for him in Distiller 4.0, and 
worked for me with Distiller 5.0, at least in one quick test [1].

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has anything to add to this.

[1]  The test was done on a Mac PB G3, generating a simple plot in Mathematica 
4.1, Exporting it as "EPS", inserting it into a TeX document using Textures, and 
printing the typeset document to PDF using the AdobePS printer driver that comes 
with Acrobat 5.0.

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