PDF font compatibility?

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  1. flat6 macrumors regular

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    If I write a document in a font that's not on other computers, how will those computers render the document? (Do PDFs automatically embed a copy of the font? Or will a substitute from the local machine be used...)
     
  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    When you create a PDF there is usually an option to embed fonts. If you are creating PDFs directly from OSX then it does it automatically.
     
  3. flat6 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sounds good. I'm working in OSX, but I usually write documents in MSWord, and then I do Print>PDF>Save as PDF. Is this the way to do it (that is, does that workflow automatically embed fonts)?
     
  4. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Yes that way it automatically embeds the fonts.
     
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Yes, provided the font isn't protected to prevent embedding, as some are. The easiest way to test to make sure the font is embedded is to open the pdf in Adobe Reader, and check the document properties. You'll see a list of embedded fonts and the fonts which will be substituted if someone who doesn't have the font installed opens the document on their computer.
     
  6. flat6 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Excellent, will do that.

    BTW, awesome usage of Ignatius in your avatar, I wholeheartedly approve.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    My pyloric valve thanks you. ;)
     

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