CTAN update: pkfix-helper

CTAN Announcements ctan-ann at ctan.org
Wed Jul 22 21:22:39 CEST 2020

Scott Pakin submitted an update to the



Version number: 1.6
License type: lppl

Summary description: Make PostScript files accessible to pkfix

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 1.6 includes a large number of improved diagnostic messages and documentation
clarifications.  The font samples generated with the --tex option are now annotated to
indicate any fonts the user asked to be left unmodified and any font mappings forced
explicitly by the user.  Thanks to Werner Lemberg and Markus Thom for their suggestions
on improving pkfix-helper.

This package is located at 

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   Thanks for the upload.

     For the CTAN Team
    Ina Dau


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