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Blurry Fonts?

david craig
An undergraduate student of mine has become quite facile with LaTeX.  However, the documents he compiles are always blurry onscreen.  In addition, while they mostly print ok, usually there are at least a few characters that don’t print properly, often ones in titles and such.   The crucial bit, though, is that when I take his source code and compile it myself (using TeXShop and TeXLive), these problems go away.  I conclude the issue has something to do with how his TeX installation is configured.

I don’t understand fonts in TeX well enough to know what to suggest he look for.   I don’t see anything unusual when I look at his code — no special font choices, for example.

He tells me he is on Ubuntu Bionic Beaver using TeXStudio, which uses TeXLive as its TeX distribution.  I know nothing about TeXstudio, and a perusal of its web site didn’t offer any me clues.

To give some idea of what I see, this image illustrates the onscreen difference: <http://physics.oregonstate.edu/~craigda/Images/Temp/FontComparison.png>.  (The screenshot is from Preview.)  

Pointers welcome.  As I am on the digest, I would appreciate any replies being cc’d directly to me.

Thanks,



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Re: Blurry Fonts?

Herbert Schulz
> On May 19, 2020, at 2:48 AM, David Craig <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> An undergraduate student of mine has become quite facile with LaTeX.  However, the documents he compiles are always blurry onscreen.  In addition, while they mostly print ok, usually there are at least a few characters that don’t print properly, often ones in titles and such.   The crucial bit, though, is that when I take his source code and compile it myself (using TeXShop and TeXLive), these problems go away.  I conclude the issue has something to do with how his TeX installation is configured.
>
> I don’t understand fonts in TeX well enough to know what to suggest he look for.   I don’t see anything unusual when I look at his code — no special font choices, for example.
>
> He tells me he is on Ubuntu Bionic Beaver using TeXStudio, which uses TeXLive as its TeX distribution.  I know nothing about TeXstudio, and a perusal of its web site didn’t offer any me clues.
>
> To give some idea of what I see, this image illustrates the onscreen difference: <http://physics.oregonstate.edu/~craigda/Images/Temp/FontComparison.png>. (The screenshot is from Preview.)  
>
> Pointers welcome.  As I am on the digest, I would appreciate any replies being cc’d directly to me.
>
> Thanks,
> David Craig

Howdy,

It looks like his distribution is using bit mapped fonts rather than Postscript versions. Could you get a log from one of his compiles?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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Re: Blurry Fonts?

david craig
Thanks, Herb!

I had him install cm-super, and that seems to have sorted things out.  I will have him send a log anyway to see if there are any additional clues.

David Craig


> On May 20, 2020, at 4:56 AM, Herbert Schulz <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> On May 19, 2020, at 2:48 AM, David Craig <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> An undergraduate student of mine has become quite facile with LaTeX.  However, the documents he compiles are always blurry onscreen.  In addition, while they mostly print ok, usually there are at least a few characters that don’t print properly, often ones in titles and such.   The crucial bit, though, is that when I take his source code and compile it myself (using TeXShop and TeXLive), these problems go away.  I conclude the issue has something to do with how his TeX installation is configured.
>>
>> I don’t understand fonts in TeX well enough to know what to suggest he look for.   I don’t see anything unusual when I look at his code — no special font choices, for example.
>>
>> He tells me he is on Ubuntu Bionic Beaver using TeXStudio, which uses TeXLive as its TeX distribution.  I know nothing about TeXstudio, and a perusal of its web site didn’t offer any me clues.
>>
>> To give some idea of what I see, this image illustrates the onscreen difference: <http://physics.oregonstate.edu/~craigda/Images/Temp/FontComparison.png>. (The screenshot is from Preview.)  
>>
>> Pointers welcome.  As I am on the digest, I would appreciate any replies being cc’d directly to me.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> David Craig
>
> Howdy,
>
> It looks like his distribution is using bit mapped fonts rather than Postscript versions. Could you get a log from one of his compiles?
>
> Good Luck,
>
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

David Craig


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