[scribus] Missing Fonts in PDF

Jean-Luc Waber jlwaber at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 18:44:05 UTC 2015

Thank you for the info, it helped me to understand better.


> Sub-setting is very common, especially with modern fonts containing many
> glyphs. A single font can be 15-20 MB in size, if you only use 1/10th of
> the glyphs in the font, why embed the whole font? Ten fonts of that size
> would make the PDF 150 MB larger.
> Also a PDF can not contain all types of fonts, I think for example OTF is
> one exception (there is a page on the wiki about this). In that case
> Scribus will have to convert the font, and I think this may look just like
> a subset font.
> So subsetting does not prevent the PDF from printing correctly, it may
> however affect the possibilities to do edits to the PDF.
> In "the old days" the printer used to do "last minute edits" of the PDF
> before printing (because the PDF was delivered on a CD-ROM or zip-disk by
> regular mail, so it could take a day or two to send a new PDF), but today
> it's generally better if you do the edit yourself (because you can send a
> new PDF to the printer in minutes).
> /Peter
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