[Scribus] PDF, Font embedding

Benjamin Dumke scribus
Sun Mar 16 14:10:40 CET 2008

I was just browsing through Mantis and found that the "Fonts" tab in the 
"Save as PDF" dialog seems to create some confusion among people. It 
does so for me, anyway :)

Correct me if I'm wrong, this is how I understand it:

* The "Available Fonts" box shows all the fonts that are used (or 
believed to be used) in the current document.
* The "Fonts to embed" box contains those fonts that are supposed to be 
embedded into the PDF as is (by just 'inserting the TTF file into the 
PDF file' to describe it as a non PDF expert). Hence all glyphs from the 
font are embedded into the PDF, regardless of whether they are used or 
not. Trying to move an OpenType font into this box does not work; 
instead it is automatically moved into the "Fonts to outline" box, 
because the 'classic' PDF versions (<1.6) cannot handle OpenType fonts.
* The "Fonts to outline" box contains those fonts that will be converted 
to outline. This does not mean creating graphics objects for every 
letter on the page (like e.g. Inkscape would if you took a text object 
and converted it to a path), but instead by converting the used glyphs 
of this font to a type that PDF _can_ handle (Type 3 as the Adobe Reader 
tells me) and embedding this resulting font into the PDF.

Is this how it is supposed to work?



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