Embedding fonts in Powerpoint

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DavidWHall, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. DavidWHall macrumors newbie

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    I am a new-commer to MAc. Am used to Microsoft Powerpoint in Windows. In Office10 I used to be able to embed the utilised fonts for export to other computers. I can't see a way to do it in Powerpoint for Mac. Any work arounds?
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    The Mac version of Powerpoint does not and never has supported embedded fonts on either end--it can't embed them, and can't read embedded fonts created by a Windows version. There's no workaround I'm aware of, either, short of installing Windows and the Windows version of Powerpoint in a virtual machine on your Mac, which is pretty extreme (and expensive, unless you already have Windows and Powerpoint licenses laying around).

    The workaround would be to either stick to the standard fonts, or (if your presentation doesn't need to be edited by a 3rd party and doesn't include any fancy transitions) export it as a PDF, which includes enough font info to display the text as you'd intended. Incidentally, even if you do have the right fonts, the slightly different font encoding/rendering between the MacOS and Windows can sometimes cause spacing or special character problems even if both people have the font.

    I'm resisting the urge to say something disparaging about Powerpoint, so I'll limit myself to the comment that if you're working in Powerpoint and only dealing with English text, there's not a whole lot of need for fancy typesetting beyond what's reliably available cross-platform, anyway.
     
  3. DavidWHall thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, Makosuke, for your reply. Unfortunately I must stick with powerpoint because I share files with other teachers. These files are not just boring pages of headings and dot points. They are highly animated, and contain text in specific shapes and diagrams. So PDF is not viable, and neither are standard fonts in many cases. If I had known this incompatibility I probably would not have transitioned across from PC.
     

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