[reportlab-users] Using non-standard fonts on Mac OS X
Wed, 26 May 2004 13:05:13 +0100
Sorry if this is an FAQ, but I don't see the answer anywhere obvious...
I am developing a system to run on Mac OS X.3 (Panther) and the client wants
output in Arial. (Yes, I could use Helvetica, but sadly the client is a
typographer and can tell the difference :) I am using ReportLab 1.14.
Now my understanding is that OS X uses TrueType, which seems to be supported
by a distinct lack of .afm and .pfb files. However, when I try and register
Arial as a TrueType font using the code below (shamelessly cribbed from the
User Guide) I get a TTFError saying "Not a TrueType font."
from reportlab.pdfbase import pdfmetrics
from reportlab.pdfbase.ttfonts import TTFont
arial_path = "/Library/Fonts/Arial"
print "Creating TTFont object"
arial = TTFont("Arial", arial_path) # <--- This is where it fails
print "Registering font"
This happens both for the Apple pre-installed version (/Library/Fonts/Arial)
and for the one installed by MS Office (/Applications/Microsoft Office
Is this a known issue? More to the point, anyone know a solution? If all else
fails I guess I can use Helvetica but it would be nice to crack this one.