The information below is old and should no longer be needed.
Change of Default Version of TeX, dvips, etc.
On March 29th, 2001, the default version of TeX (and its related utilities) changed at SLAC.
The production version in use before that date is quite old. The new version is much more up-to-date (based on the "TeX Live 5" distribution). All the popular packages should be available with the new version.
The most noticeable
difference with the new version is with
dvips. The old version used
bit-mapped fonts. The new version uses "Type-1" fonts by default.
print well, but may appear differently when viewed online.
In particular, the (new) Type-1 fonts produce a much crisper appearance
for pdf files, when the postscript file is converted to pdf (for
distill), and then viewed with
However, when using a postscript viewer like
gv" (ghostview), the fonts may appear lighter than before.
You can override the use of Type-1 fonts by using the "-V" option
dvips. (Unfortunately, it is impossible to
configure dvips so that bit-mapped fonts are the default and
Type-1 are optional.)
Papers for publication should use the Type-1 fonts (i.e, do not use the "-V" option).
There have been several reports of problems of "missing fonts" with
dvips. Most often these occur when postscript
graphics are included in the TeX. A similar, possibly related problem
has been reported using
xdvi. We are investigating
these problems but do not yet have a fix. In the mean time, you
The old versions are still be available.
After the new TeX-Live-5 versions become the default, the older versions
will still be available, by using the commands:
See also /afs/slac/package/tex/doc/revtex4 for more documentation, or http://publish.aps.org/revtex4/.