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*To*: tex-fonts@csc-sun.math.utah.edu*Subject*: tex font software*From*: alan Hoenig <AJHJJ@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU>*Date*: Wed, 04 Feb 98 14:41:10 EST*Flags*: 000000000000

I have placed updates of 3 packages on CTAN that might be useful to members of this list. Here are brief descriptions: 1. The VFinst package automates the process of making Type1 scalable fonts usable by TeX. The fonts it creates---upright, italic, oblique, unslanted italic, smallcaps, underline, and a few others---display accents, ligatures, small caps, and so on as you would expect in any proper TeX font. 2. MathInst helps use non-Computer Modern math fonts with TeX. If you have MathTime, Euler, Lucida New Math, or Mathematica math fonts, and if you specify a text font family, MathInst manufactures compatible fonts that allow you to typeset math (using the usual TeX input conventions) that looks great with the text fonts. 3. MathKit also creates math fonts, but is for people who don't want to spend extra money for the proprietary math fonts that MathInst uses or who want a closer match between their math and text fonts. If you specify a text font family, MathKit creates math fonts using characters from the text fonts for letters and numerals and Computer Modern characters---whose parameters have been tweaked to match the text fonts---for all other special math symbols. In all cases, you don't have to know anything about virtual fonts, Perl, Metafont, fontinst, Berry fontnaming (these concepts are all integral to these packages) to use these packages. In all cases, style files for both plain TeX and LaTeX are automatically produced. Test files are also produced, so you can both test your fonts and see how to use them. To retrieve this material from CTAN, go to the fonts/utilities area, and enter the subdirectories vfinst, mathinst, or mathkit as appropriate. Comments, suggestions, feedback, and bug reports are welcome. ---Alan Hoenig (ajhjj@cunyvm.cuny.edu)

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