Font Embedding Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by xvigauge, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. xvigauge macrumors member

    xvigauge

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    I am a self published author. I am in the process of writing a novel and I recently completed a children's book. The printing company requires that all books be put into PDF format and that all fonts be embedded before they are sent to them. I read somewhere that a Mac will embed the fonts automatically and one has to do nothing else to the fonts as they are already embedded. Is this true? Will my MacBook Pro Sierra OS automatically embed the fonts when i put the manuscript into PDF format?
    xvigauge
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Yes. If you use the built-in PDF functionality, e.g. via the printing sheet, then fonts are embedded automatically.
     
  3. xvigauge thread starter macrumors member

    xvigauge

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    So you have to go to the print function in order to convert the file to PDF? Also, I am typing these manuscripts in Microsoft Office Word that I purchased and downloaded to my MacBook Pro. Will the fonts still automatically be embedded?
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  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    "Printing" to a PDF document from most apps will embed fonts in that PDF document, including MS Word. I'm surmising you're new to the Mac OS particulars such as the "Save as PDF…" command - I use it every day.

    In most apps, the "Save as PDF…" Command (that's an ellipsis at the end) is embedded in the Print Dialog Box, in the PDF Pull Down Menu in the lower left of the Dialog Box - choose that Command and you'll be prompted for a file name and location to save it.

    To verify for yourself that the fonts are embedded, you'll need another app. I use Adobe's Acrobat DC but their Reader app will suffice - you'll need to download and install it. The "Document Properties" Command in Reader will display as one of the Properties options any/all embedded fonts.

    Regarding Word, I've used it since the late 1980s and it's an unbelievably powerful tool in the right hands. My gripe with MS is that the Mac version is gimped/hampered/fettered when compared to the Windows version. I use Word for Windows every day, and never use the Mac version as IMHO it's missing so many features including the option to embed fonts directly as the Win Word app allows; Apple bails out so many of us by embedding fonts in its version of a PDF-reading app that's more powerful than most give it credit for. I use Word when I have to - for my written work, I use Scrivener now - the Mac version, even though there's a Windows version available. Scrivener still uses the Mac font-embedding for PDFs, but the person on the other end of my workflow also has the fonts I use as well. This isn't a rant, you should be covered now. Cheers!
     
  5. organicCPU macrumors 6502

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    If the printing company wants a pdf, then chances are high that they not only asked for a pdf file. They probably asked for a printable pdf, that has much more to consider than just output a pdf file format. Word in general is not a good choice to produce such a pdf, that a printing company usually wants. They could convert it, but the result can differ from what you desire, especially if there are graphics in the children's book.
     

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