[scribus] Embedding fonts in a PDF file

Michael Holmes mh.holmes at verizon.net
Tue Feb 16 02:15:14 UTC 2016

The default, at least in Scribus 1.4.5 and 1.4.6, is not to embed the 
fonts.  You have to explicitly tell it to do so, using the Fonts tab on 
the PDF Export dialog.  The font that gave me trouble (Book Antiqua) can 
be embedded.  The problem is that it's not embedded by default, and if 
you want it embedded you have to specify this every time you do an 
export.  This would be better handled as a Preferences option that you 
set just once.  Then you could just "blindly" create your PDF without 
creating "issues" that need to be "looked into."

I sent an email to the scribus-dev list, to suggest having this added to 
the Preferences.  Hoping for a more helpful response there.

On 2/15/16 8:07 PM, Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 02/15/2016 12:24 PM, Michael Holmes wrote:
>> I've just joined the Scribus list, although I've been using Scribus for
>> several months now.  It's a great package!  I have one suggestion for
>> improving the package:  I think that there should be a Preferences
>> setting to automatically embed fonts when doing a PDF export.  As it is
>> now in 1.4.6, you have to remember to specify this every time you do an
>> export.  It seems like an obvious candidate for a Preferences setting,
>> under the PDF Export category in Preferences.
>> I only use Scribus about once a month or so, and it's easy to forget
>> this step.  The resulting PDF will look fine on my machine, since I have
>> all the fonts that I used, but the fonts will get changed when viewed on
>> a different machine that doesn't have them.
> I think the default behavior is to try to embed or subset fonts, but
> some fonts cannot be embedded. We also see instances
> where a font must be outlined.
> Aside from this, one of the skills of making PDFs is not to just blindly
> create them without looking at these issues.
> Greg
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