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RE: Re: Do Hershey Vector Fonts exist in Mathematica?

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  • Subject: [mg97043] RE: [mg97012] Re: Do Hershey Vector Fonts exist in Mathematica?
  • From: <ingolf.dahl at>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 05:57:41 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: University of Gothenburg
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Some more information about the Hershey fonts: they were used from the
beginning as the font solution for AutoCAD, and were there supplied as .SHX
files. In later distributions of AutoCAD, they are also included as TTF
files (true-type fonts), and can be used in Mathematica as any other TTF
font. To obtain these fonts, you might ask someone using AutoCAD. If you are
student or faculty you might alternatively go to, register and download software, and probably
get the fonts that way. You might also search for the TTF fonts on Internet,
but some of the sites looks a bit pesky. These TTF files are copyrighted by
Autodesk, Inc., and I do not know how restrictive they are about
redistribution of their font files.

Best regards

Ingolf Dahl

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Rowe [mailto:readnews at] 
Sent: den 2 mars 2009 11:21
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Subject: [mg97043] [mg97012] Re: Do Hershey Vector Fonts exist in Mathematica?

On 3/1/09 at 4:54 AM, hayes.tyler at wrote:

>Just wondering if the Hershey Vector Fonts (in particular the
>SIMPLEX Roman ones) are available for use with Mathematica. I know,
>they are ugly, primitive looking etc., however, I'm not ashamed to
>admit I love the look of them for text on plots. Can't explain it
>really. Perhaps it's because I was used to using them with old
>school plotting calls from Fortran using DISLIN and have grown
>rather fond of them. If you do not know what they look like, they
>are posted here:


There is a package available that implements Hershey Fonts. See


I modified this package for my own use with versions 3.x and 4.x
of Mathematica. But, I've not used it since version 5 was
released that corrected a problem with font rendering on Macs.
Consequently, I don't know how well it will play with versions 6
and 7. I suspect (given the changes in the way graphics are done
in version 6) you will need to update some of the code to
achieve what you want.

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