Acrobat consolidating duplicate fonts

This can be a problem if the designer uses an obscure font.

In PDF this shouldn’t be an issue, because most foundries, Adobe included, allow font embedding for the purpose of print and preview, and the printer does not have to own a license for the font to print the job.

Content creators can avoid this problem simply by setting Distiller/Adobe PDF as the default printer on their computers.

Every subsequent new Word document will be set up to Distiller’s metrics.

If a font is listed as “embedded,” all of the glyphs that are part of that particular font are included in the PDF file.

If it is listed as “embedded subset,” only the glyphs used in the document are included.

Still others will offer no warning at all that a restricted font is being used.

“Won’t the text reflow when I try to print the file to my printer? Not if you open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat or Reader and print to the target printer from there!

Ideally, the application used to create the original layout should be true design software, such as In Design or Quark XPress.

All too often, content creators use a product like Microsoft Word as a layout application.

This is like baking a “mock” apple pie with Ritz Crackers and expecting it to taste exactly like a pie made with real apples.

Word is not a graphic design application; it is a word processor!

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