Installing a PostScript printer built-in font#
There is a « standard » set of fonts that has appeared in every PostScript printer since the second generation of the type. These fonts (8 families of four text fonts each, and three special-purpose fonts) are of course widely used, because of their simple availability. The set consists of :
Times family (4 fonts),
Palatino family (4 fonts),
New Century Schoolbook family (4 fonts),
Bookman family (4 fonts),
Helvetica family (4 fonts),
Avant Garde (4 fonts),
Courier family (4 fonts),
Utopia family (4 fonts),
Zapf Chancery (1 font),
Zapf Dingbats (1 font),
Symbol (1 font).
All these fonts are supported, for LaTeX users, by the psnfss set of metrics and support files in the file
lw35nfss.zip on CTAN. Almost any remotely modern TeX system will have some version of psnfss installed, but users should note that the most recent version has much improved coverage of maths with
Times (see package <ctanpkg:mathptmx) and with
Palatino (see package mathpazo, as well as a more reliable set of font metrics.
lw35nfss.zip is laid out according to the TDS, so in principle, installation consists simply of « unzipping the file at the root of a
Documentation of the psnfss bundle is provided in
psnfss2e.pdf in the distribution.