# Problems with Symbols #146

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### Dmetzler91 commented Jun 14, 2017

 Symbols are not shown in IPE. But if I transfer it to a PDF document, we can see the symbols. We use Windows 10. Can U help us with this problem?
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### otfried commented Jun 14, 2017

 Most likely you use a bitmapped font - that is not supported by Ipe. If you open the PDF file and check the font properties, what font type does it show?

### Dmetzler91 commented Jun 19, 2017

 Thank you for your mail. It shows the font type "Type 3" (PDF is attached) Thank You so much! … ________________________________ Von: Otfried Cheong [notifications@github.com] Gesendet: Mittwoch, 14. Juni 2017 15:36 An: otfried/ipe-issues Cc: Metzler, Dennis Renee; Author Betreff: Re: [otfried/ipe-issues] Problems with Symbols (#146) Most likely you use a bitmapped font - that is not supported by Ipe. If you open the PDF file and check the font properties, what font type does it show? — You are receiving this because you authored the thread. Reply to this email directly, view it on GitHub<#146 (comment)>, or mute the thread.
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### otfried commented Jun 19, 2017

 A Type3 font is a bitmapped font - Ipe does not support them, because it wants to write genuine vector graphics. Which fonts are you using (can you show the font selecting commands in your Ipe file, or attach the Ipe file)? Note that it seems you have to attach files through the github UI, it doesn't seem to work when you reply by email.

### Dmetzler91 commented Jun 27, 2017

 Hello otfried, thank You for your answer. The files are attached now. I hope we will find an answer for that problem. Best Dennis Archiv.zip
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### otfried commented Jun 28, 2017

 I had thought until now you were using some non-standard fonts. Now I see you get this problem even with the default Latex fonts. This implies that your pdflatex is misconfigured. It should always use scalable fonts. My guess is that you simply did not install the necessary fonts, so it falls back on Metafont fonts from TeX. This is really not an Ipe problem. If you make simple test file, e.g. test.tex as follows: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} $\alpha$ \end{document}  Then run pdflatex test.tex. Check what fonts are being used in the log file (test.log), and zoom into the pdf file: you will also see a bitmapped alpha.

### Dmetzler91 commented Jun 28, 2017

 Thank you for your useful answer. and do you know how to install the necessary fonts? Best Dennis Am 2017-06-28 06:57, schrieb Otfried Cheong: I had thought until now you were using some non-standard fonts. Now I see you get this problem even with the default Latex fonts. This implies that your pdflatex is misconfigured. It should always use scalable fonts. My guess is that you simply did not install the necessary fonts, so it falls back on Metafont fonts from TeX. This is really not an Ipe problem. If you make simple test file, e.g. test.tex as follows: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} $\alpha$ \end{document} Then run pdflatex test.tex. Check what fonts are being used in the log file (test.log), and zoom into the pdf file: you will also see a bitmapped alpha. -- You are receiving this because you authored the thread. Reply to this email directly, view it on GitHub [1], or mute the thread [2].
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### otfried commented Jun 28, 2017

 How could I? I don't even know what Latex installation you have installed. This is a quite unusual problem - the scalable fonts should be part of even the most basic TeX setup.