CTAN update: pkfix-helper

CTAN Announcements ctan-ann at dante.de
Sun Aug 9 13:24:42 CEST 2009

On Saturday, 8 August 2009, Scott Pakin submitted an update to the



It should soon be at your favorite mirror.

Location on CTAN: /support/pkfix-helper
Summary description: Make PostScript files accessible to pkfix
License type: lppl

Announcement text:
pkfix is a useful utility for replacing resolution-dependent bitmapped
fonts in a dvips-produced PostScript file with the corresponding
resolution-independent vector fonts.  Unfortunately, pkfix needs to
parse certain PostScript comments that appear only in files produced
by dvips versions later than 5.58 (ca. 1996); it fails to work on
PostScript files produced by older versions of dvips.

pkfix-helper is a program that attempts to insert newer-dvips comments
into an older-dvips PostScript file, thereby making the file suitable
for processing by pkfix.  pkfix-helper can sometimes process documents
fully autonomously but does require the user to verify and, if needed,
correct its decisions.

Version 1.2 of pkfix-helper provides a --cache option that can speed
up the processing of multiple PostScript files by analyzing TFM font
metrics once, storing the results in a specified cache file, and
reusing that cache file on subsequent runs.  This feature was
requested by M. S. Dousti.

The accompanying encoding-samples.pdf document, which shows samples of
various TeX font encodings to help a user identify obscure document
fonts, has been enhanced to include samples of eufm10, msam10, msbm10,
wasy10, ptmr8r, cmtex10, and stmary10.  This enhancement was requested
by Rogério Brito.

This package is located at 
.  More information is at
(if the package is new it may take a day for that information to 
appear).  We are supported by the TeX Users Group http://www.tug.org .  
Please join a users group; see http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html .

Thanks for the upload.

For the CTAN Team,

     Joachim Schrod

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