[scribus] Font in PDF does not match screen

Andrew akroiter at tpg.com.au
Tue Jul 21 10:47:27 CEST 2009

On 21/07/2009, at 1:06 AM, John Beardmore wrote:

> 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 !


The "P" in PDF stands for Portable. Documents aren't portable if they  
can't be viewed.
> What fonts can you guarantee all recipients will have ?

Possibly only the 'Helvetica' and 'Courier' families. I'm not even  
sure about both of those across all platforms.

> Cheers, J/.
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