CTAN Update: pkfix-helper

CTAN Announcements ctan-ann at dante.de
Mon Jun 13 22:00:03 CEST 2011

On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 Scott Pakin submitted an update to the



Summary description: Make older 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.

Thanks to M. S. Dousti's help testing pkfix-helper, version
1.4 of pkfix-helper accepts a much wider set of PostScript
files than its predecessors.  If a previous version of
pkfix-helper failed to convert some PostScript file you fed
it, please try again with this new version of pkfix-helper.
In addition to increased robustness, pkfix-helper extends
its --force option to allow wildcards for both the font name
and font scale.  For example, if you know that bitmapped
font Fj corresponds to cmsy but you don't know the font size
or scale, you can specify "--force=Fj=cmsy*@*" to let
pkfix-helper determine likely values.


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Thanks for the upload.

For the CTAN Team
  Rainer Schöpf

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