Font issues with Word docs from PCs

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by nitz, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. nitz macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2003
    We are a scientific publishing company that uses almost exclusively Macs. There has always been a few problems in the past with opening word docs that were created on the PC. Most manuscripts that we receive from authors have mathmatic equations formulas with different symbols or greek letters. Sometimes these symbols wouldn't appear properly. We would then open the docs on our lone PC (NT4), print out the docs, note the differences and then correct them on-screen on the Mac. Recently however it seems that every word doc from PC land has this problem and it adds so much time and effort to go through the above described process for each manuscript that comes in. We tried out Word 2004 to see if it would solve/help the problem but it doesn't. Does this have something to do with Macs not supporting embedded fonts in word docs? Anybody else having this problem? Any suggestions?

  2. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I haven't had this problem recently, but the first thing I'd suggest trying is the old "save as RTF" on the PC, then open the RTF on your mac.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    One thing that you have to do is to install the same fonts on your author's machines as yours. Professional pubishers generally require their authors to use specific fonts in their submissions.
  4. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    Make them send along a PDF version with it, with the fonts embedded. Use that as reference.

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