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I use MikTeX as my compiler for Windows. The problem is that it uses Type3 (raster) fonts even though I've stated:


in the preamble.

As far as I've understood, this will force the compiler to use vector fonts instead.

Have I misunderstood something? Can I reconfigure my installation to always use vector fonts?

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You should install also the CM-super package. – egreg Feb 18 '13 at 10:40
Related/duplicate: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1291/… – egreg Feb 18 '13 at 10:42
T1 is not a shortcut for type1, it doesn't describe the font format but the font encoding. T1 encoded fonts can be bitmaps, or type1, or ttf, or .... – Ulrike Fischer Feb 18 '13 at 10:48
Welcome to TeX.SX. A tip: If you indent lines by 4 spaces, then they're marked as a code sample. You can also highlight the code and click the "code" button ({}) or select your code and hit Ctrl+K. – Claudio Fiandrino Feb 18 '13 at 10:51
Thank you. I'll use that syntax in the future. – Hugo Feb 18 '13 at 10:59
up vote 5 down vote accepted

use \usepackage{lmodern} or install the cm-super fonts

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Is that required? When I compile documents on OS X using MacTeX or on Linux using TeXLive the results are vector based using the exact same source code. When I use my university installation of MiKTeX it also works just fine. – Hugo Feb 18 '13 at 10:48
Texlive installations are commonly (not always) complete installations with all packages. MikTex on the other hand installs only a minimum of packages and you can install some of them later. If your Uni has installed all MikTeX packges and if you used a full Texlive before, it is likely that the cm-super packages was used without you knowing – Martin H Feb 18 '13 at 10:59

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