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I have been searching on the Internet but so far there is no guide that works for me.

I tried the one from CTAN, but there I have to run commands, and install the LCDF Typetools (which aren't available for Windows?).

As far as I know many people use the Minion font. Is there some easy guide out there to help me install them?

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use xetex or xelatex. xe(la)tex allows you to use fonts installed on your system in your (la)tex document. – Mica Feb 8 '11 at 19:36
@Mica: Now I saw you answered the same as I did before me. If you're willing to write an answer, I'd be happy to delete mine. – Martin Tapankov Feb 8 '11 at 19:59

I was able to install on windows (with MikTeX 2.8), using the instructions with the CTAN package. I don't remember the details, but it wasn't hard. I have the cygwin unix emulation environment installed, but I don't recall if it was necessary to use it.

More details:

  1. kpsewhich: use the miktex settings tool (probably best to use the (admin) version) to add a local root directory (eg., C:\miktexlocal\), and use this as the local path.

  2. LCDF typetools for windows: as is mentioned on the LCDF website, you can get unofficial win32 binaries from ftp://akagi.ms.u-tokyo.ac.jp/pub/TeX/win32/

  3. Making directories, copying files, moving files, etc: you can do all of this through windows explorer.

  4. Adding a line to updmap.cfg: Use the command initexmf --admin --edit-config-file updmap

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I really cannot get it to work. Ill point out where exactly. 1 LCDF Typetools (there is no windows version of this? how to install? 2 Commands like: $ kpsexpand '$TEXMFLOCAL' How to execute them? – Toroo Feb 8 '11 at 20:21
I added a few more details. – Lev Bishop Feb 8 '11 at 22:23
Thx again for the help. I even used this tutorial now:latex-community.org/forum/… But i still cant get it to work =( – Toroo Feb 9 '11 at 19:08

If you are willing to use Xe(La)TeX, and have Adobe Reader (not Acrobat), you can install Minion Pro as an OTF fonts from $READER_INSTALL_DIR\Resource\Font.

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I would prefer not using Xe(La)TeX. Or aint that a option? – Toroo Feb 8 '11 at 20:02

I converted the fonts from Linux format to Windows format using the information here. After converting the fonts from Linux format I just copied those files to my Windows machine.

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