To put the finishing touches on this,
annis wrote:In the case of Anne Mahoney's documents, I recognize the look — she used LaTeX, probably using the Ibycus4 encoding, which no public tools except LaTeX and maybe Diogenes will cope with. Some of my older documents at Aoidoi will use the same thing, I'm afraid, though I took pains to avoid the fuzziness effect some of Mahoney's docs display (strangely, you'll find they print just fine).
Yes, the Mahoney docs indeed were created with pdfTeX. I have gone through what seems like all the permutations of TeX (and variants), and Adobe Acrobat. More than two days down the drain, but at least I have seen most of TeX and Acrobat, now. It does boil down to a missing F26 font, which is probably from some commercial font pack, since it does not seem to be part of any commonly available TeX library. The other fonts I was eventually able to locate and install.
One TeX variant, MikTeX, is one of the most sophisticated and well organized applications I've seen anywhere. Too bad it isn't really needed anymore (i.e., in the 21st century) for document layout and publication.
Thanks for the pointers to TeX.
jk0592 wrote:One easy solution which works on the MacIntosh, is to use Preview to cut the pdf text, and paste it in Pages. There you can easily enlarge the pdf selection to make it more readable. For some reason, Apple supports pdf manipulation extremely well in its applications.
In the depths of envy, I even priced various Apple Mac configurations, but they simply cost too much (since I build my own systems, I'm in a habitat of an entirely different universe). Except, now that I read for the 10th time what you wrote, yes I could read it in Adobe Reader if I zoomed in quite a bit. Which, silly me, seemed like an awkward solution.