MiKTeX has changed its look by introducing the MikTeX Console:

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In the past I have always updated and added fonts not included in the MikTeX distribution using the mask Settings, Update and Package Manager.

Now I don't understand the procedure for installing additional font packages not included into the MiKTeX distribution (for instance, the mtpro2 and `classico packages) using the MiKTeX Console.

Please can you help me and explain, step by step, how do I install these fonts using the MiKTeX Console?

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    You are asking (at least) two questions: how the new miktex console compares to the older miktex-settings and how to install a font like mtpro2lite. Better split this in two question. And please stop to complain only because something changed. Give the new console a chance. – Ulrike Fischer Mar 13 '18 at 13:11
  • @UlrikeFischer I'm just anxious because I'm doing a very important job and I can not use the MikTeX Console. It was not a complaint but I panicked. Anyway I edited the question hoping it will be clearer and you can help me. I thank you in advance and I apologize. – Sebastiano Mar 13 '18 at 18:14

You can install mtpro2lite like this:

I assume that you have a folder with the mtpro2lite files with a content looking like this (the important folders are the tex, dvips and fonts folder):

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I will assume that this folder has the name mt-texmf, it the name is different adapt the following description accordingly.

Step 1

Create inside mt-texmf a folder miktex and in this folder a folder config.

Step 2

Create a a new text file in your editor and add the line

 Map mtpro2.map

Save the file with the name updmap.cfg in the miktex/config folder you created in step 1

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Alternatively call on a command line

initexmf --edit-config-file updmap

and add the line there.

Step 3

Open the miktex console (user mode is ok). Click on settings and then on the tab directories:

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Click on the plus:

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In the explorer then go to the mt-texmf folder and select it. This will add the folder as a new root.

Step 4

Go to the tasks menu and select the entry refresh font map files

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Step 5

Close the console and test the installation:

$a=\int f(x)$
  • Dear Ulrike Fischer, I thank you immensely for your answer. I've just downloaded MikTeX and I'll try, hoping it's not very tired, your procedure. I will let you know. Meanwhile, positively vote your precious answer. – Sebastiano Mar 14 '18 at 10:00

I have tried, also, another solution: a mix between the procedure of the old and the latest MiKTeX using MikTeX Console and some indications of Ulrike Fischer's answer to install both fonts. It is important to see, also, the comment in additions to my answer.

Step (1)

Download mtp2lite.zip and classico.tds.zip or classico.zip (this is a clone of Optima font) files from CTAN web site: https://ctan.org/pkg/mtp2lite and https://ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/urw/classico.

After finish downloading the file, unzip the fonts distribution files in a temporary directory (for instance on the desktop). Inside the unzipped files, you will find the following contents for mtp2lite and classico.tds. It is precious to remember that the important files of the mtp2lite must to lie into the folder texmf (dvips, fonts and tex).

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Step (2)

In Local Disk (C:), create C:\Local TeX Files. Warning: It is important to choose an adapt name for TEXMF root directory where you can put these files.

Step (3)

From the temporary directory created in Step (1), move the contents of the texmf folder of the mtp2lite, for instance, from the unzipped file into the C:\Local TeX Files. I have choosen the path: C:\Local TeX Files\texmf. Similary for the font classico.tds I have created another different directory: C:\Local TeX Files\cl-texmf.

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Step (4)

After, I have opened the MikTeX Console using it as Restart as administrator or in user mode. Clicking on tab Settings, tab Directories and on the plus symbol (cyan color shown with the orange arrow), it is possible to add Generic TEXMF root directories. It's easy to see two generic paths: C:\Local TeX Files\texmf and C:\Local TeX Files\cl-texmf.

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We can verificate, also, into MikTeX 2.9 at the path: miktex\bin\x64\mo_admin (it is an .exe, executable file), that exist, once again, the old mask: MikTeX Option (Admin). Click on Roots tab and we have the same paths of the previous picture.

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Step (5)

Run Command Prompt program (Open Terminal window): the icon with the red frame in the picture (green arrow) of the Step (3). After that, change the directory by running the command cd\. There, run the following command line: initexmf --edit-config-file updmap.

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Step (6)

The command line will pop out an empty file in Notepad program named updmap.cfg. Add the following line inside the file: Map mtpro2.map and Map classico.map. Save the file and exit the Notepad program.

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Step (7)

In the Command Prompt program, run the following command line: updmap. This process takes, probabily, a long time.

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Step (8)

Next, in MiKTeX 2.9’s Settings (Admin) program, click Refresh (FNDB) (the option exist also on MikTeX Console, click on Tasks - Refresh file name database) and Update Formats buttons. Always in MikTeX Console, you can select Tasks menu and select the entry refresh font map files.

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Step (9)

After that, in the Command Prompt program, run the following command lines: initexmf --mkmaps and after updmap.

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Step (10)

Repeat again the procedure of the Step (8) only, and mtp2lite with classico packages are available in your PC.

  • Well all ways lead to rome, but you are taking a long one. initexmf --mkmaps and updmap (step 9) are doing the same thing and overwrite the result of the refresh font maps call in step 8 and the updmap call of step 7. There is no need to use cd in step 5. The name of the folder in step 2 doesn't need to be C:\Local TeX Files\texmf. (Almost) every folder name will work. I have the fonts in C:\Users\XXX\TeX\mtpro2lite. – Ulrike Fischer Mar 17 '18 at 10:01
  • Why now I have a downvote? What is the reason? – Sebastiano Apr 2 '18 at 20:59

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