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I used to be able to create R graphs with texlive's bera .pfb font on macos. Alas, somewhere along the line, it stopped working. (I am asking in https://stackoverflow.com/questions/53089029/using-texlive-fonts-in-r-plots-on-macos about R.) I also liked to use Bera elsewhere.

has someone figured out how to make the Bera .pfb font available to other macos apps (incl but not only R)?

PS: it's not far off topic to have a few fonts that work seamlessly inside and outside TeX.

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According to the README file, the true type versions of the Bera fonts (the original Bitstream Vera fonts, as Ulrike Fischer already pointed out) are part of the GNOME project:

"Bera" is a set of three PostScript Type1 font families: Bera Serif (a slab-serif Roman), Bera Sans (a Frutiger descendant), and Bera Mono (monospaced/typewriter). The fonts were originally designed by Bitstream, Inc in TrueType format under the name "Bitstream Vera". These fonts are available from http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/ttf-bitstream-vera/1.10/.

You can download them here:

http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/ttf-bitstream-vera/1.10/ttf-bitstream-vera-1.10.zip

Unzip and install as usual.

Or, if you are have homebrew installed, you can tap into the fonts repository with:

brew tap homebrew/cask-fonts

and then simply call:

brew cask install font-bitstream-vera
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    addendum: one needs to run ` brew tap homebrew/cask-fonts` once. – ivo Welch Nov 2 '18 at 18:48
  • @ivoWelch right! will add that to the answer, thanks – DG' Nov 2 '18 at 20:18
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the easiest way to install for macos in general is to use

https://www.fontconverter.org/

and convert the pfb font files to otf font files. double-clicking on the otf files installs them in the mac os fontbook.

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    bera is a version of Bitstream Vera. – Ulrike Fischer Nov 1 '18 at 20:52

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