[tex-live] arial.pfb and times.pfb in arabi.map cause dvips failures

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat Jan 30 01:54:42 CET 2010

On 29 January 2010 T S wrote:

 > ArialMT and TimesNewRomanPSMT are fonts which are frequently used in
 > eps figures produced with MS software. When including such figures in
 > a latex document, dvips looks for the corresponding pfb files and
 > fails. E.g. this simple test file

First of all, avoid MS software.  Microsoft doesn't know what .eps is,
maybe even deliberately.  The BoundingBox is almost(?) always wrong
and you have determine the correct values yourself.  Regarding the
fonts, programs should include them if they are not ubiquitous.

What you could try is to copy the content of the directory 




and use TeXGyreHeros-Regular instead of ArialMT and
TeXGyreTermes-Regular instead of TimesNewRomanPSMT in your graphics.

The TeXGyre fonts should be found by dvips.

Maybe it's even better to copy the content of
texmf-dist/fonts/opentype/public/tex-gyre to c:\windows\fonts but I
don't have Windows and can't test anything.

Another thing you could try is to install ghostscript and add aliases
like this to lib/Fontmap:

/ArialMT	                /NimbusSanL-Regu ;
/TimesNewRomanPSMT              /NimbusRomNo9L-Regu ;

Then programs like ps2pdf or eps2eps can insert the URW versions at


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