[Scribus] Font Substitution in PDFs

Calum Polwart scribus
Tue Aug 2 20:01:56 CEST 2005

I don't quite know if this is the right place to ask, or for that matter 
what I want to ask, so I'll try and hopefully someone will understand :-[

I am creating a newsletter which will be exported to pdf for printing at 
a 'commerical' printers.  That bit is fine (I think).  But the pdf is  
BIG - 12Mb.  This incldues lots of images, and embeded fonts. Adjusting 
the image resolutions doesn't seem to affect the file size that much so 
I guess it is mostly fonts because not embeding the fonts makes a huge 
difference.  I fully understand that for the print copy I want the fonts 
embeded to ensure acuracy of reproduction.

However, in windows (uh!) when I used to print to a pdf printer I didn't 
usually bother embedding fonts for the 'electronic version' the kind of 
thing you'd put on a web site.  Afterall we don't want people having to 
download 12Mb to read a few pages.  With windows that wasn't a major 
problem I used a non-standard sans font but it seemed to substitute 
arial instead, which worked fine  (the odd character was omitted / 
wrongly printed but otherwise ok.)  When I do this with scribus and 
linux acrobat reader (7) I get a wirey font instead... not yet viewed it 
on windows.  I didn't expect this because the font is on the machine so 
why doesn't Acrobat use it, and I expected font substitution to kick in...

Is there some way of getting the pdf to have a substitute font if the 
specified one isn't available?


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