[Scribus] which font to use

avox avox
Tue Apr 3 15:32:53 CEST 2007

heathenx-2 wrote:
> I'm working on a big project with Scribus. I am converting an instruction
> manual from Adobe InDesign 
> to Scribus. We have used the Arial font exclusively in InDesign and pretty
> much used this font as 
> our company standard (wasn't my decision). Anyway, I'm able to use this
> font in Scribus with no 
> problems until I send the document out as a pdf file. When I open the pdf
> all of the letter "i's" 
> look bold and blocky. I had this same problem a while back and my solution
> was to avoid this font 
> all together. Times New Roman seems to work really well. However, it looks
> nothing like Arial.
> My question: Have any of you experienced this? What is a recommended font
> to use. I would like to 
> use something that worked on Windows, Linux, and Mac and then standardize
> on that font. I want to 
> use just one font for the whole manual, only changing style like bold,
> italic, and underlined where 
> I need to.

Yes, we know about this. It seems to be a combination of Scribus turning off
hinting in PDFs and bad antialiasing in Acrobat Reader which causes this.
Three suggestions:

* use a Type1 or TTF font which can be embedded, not outlined in Scribus
* Helvetica looks very much like Arial and is a standard PS/PDF font, so it
need not be embedded
* Myriad Pro comes with Acrobat Reader 7 and later. It's a very good font,
you just need to make sure people use AR 7 or AR 8 or install this font on
their system.

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