[scribus] Font in PDF does not match screen

John Beardmore John at T4sLtd.co.uk
Mon Jul 20 17:06:17 CEST 2009

Peter Nermander wrote:

>> But the whole point about OSS software is that it is accessible to
>> people who haven't had to spend thousands of dollars on software with
>> training on top.
> I haven't spent any money at all learning DTP, I have learned
> everything from free online sources.

Me too...

> And learning about how to produce "optimized" PDFs is very easy, there
> are hundreds of pages on the web talking about different issues about
> PDF creation.

...but I don't think that the fact that it's possible to trawl the net 
to find out how to do things should stop us giving software sensible 
defaults, or give a warning when a PDF files does not contain all the 
components needed to view it.

>> I would have though it sensible to default to embedding all fonts,
>> giving notices that
> The number one complaint about PDFs on this list is that they are to
> big. People want small PDFs. Embedding fonts always makes the PDF
> bigger. That is why all PDF generation software require that you
> explicitly state if you want to embed fonts. For example if you are
> distributing PDFs within and organisation where you know all computers
> have the same font, it would be a huge waste of space to always embed
> all fonts.

Yes -  there may be circumstances where you can be sure that the 
recipient has all the fonts you need, but I'm not sure that for the bulk 
of uses of PDF files that it's a good assumption.

Not much use having a small fontless PDF if the recipient can't read
it !

What fonts can you guarantee all recipients will have ?

Cheers, J/.
John Beardmore, MSc EDM (Open), B.A. Chem (Oxon), CMIOSH, AIEMA, MEI
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