[scribus] Embedding fonts in a PDF file

Geoffrey Dow geoffdow at gmail.com
Wed Feb 17 18:34:38 UTC 2016

Hi Christoph,

Thanks for the detailed reply. And I owe you an apology; I had gotten so
used to manually selecting embed when creating a PDF that I somehow missed
the fact that the feature I said should be default behaviour already seems
to *be* default behaviour. In other words, I just ran a test and the fonts
I used were embedded by default.

You folks have created an amazing piece of software, and I've very sorry to
have needlessly added to your workload.


Geoffrey Dow, www.ed-rex.com | https://twitter.com/ed_rex
The Old Man's Last Sauna now

On 16 February 2016 at 01:31, "Christoph Schäfer" <christoph-schaefer at gmx.de
> wrote:

> > Gesendet: Dienstag, 16. Februar 2016 um 06:15 Uhr
> > Von: "Geoffrey Dow" <geoffdow at gmail.com>
> > An: "Scribus User Mailing List" <scribus at lists.scribus.net>
> > Betreff: Re: [scribus] Embedding fonts in a PDF file
> >
> > My experience, which goes back to 2012 or so (I forget the version
> number)
> > under Linux and which is now with 1.4.3 (or is that 2? The launch screen
> > shows the latter, About the former) is that the default is, indeed, that
> > the user has to remember to embed fonts.
> >
> > And, as a user, I'd like to add my voice to those who think that
> embedding
> > should be the default behaviour. I've done everything from brochures, to
> 64
> > page magazines to a 200+page book (thank you, Scribus and Scribus devs,
> by
> > the way!), and in each use-case, I would have found it more useful to
> have
> > to disable embedding than to enable it.
> Hi,
> Font embedding is already available as a setting, albeit not in the PDF
> section of the Preferences/Document Setup, but in Fonts. There you can
> decide whether a font will be embedded, subset or converted to outlines by
> default (in 1.4.x only whether it will be embedded or subset).
> The caption "Embed in PostScript" in the Fonts section might be irritating
> to some, but remember that PDF is a child of PostScript, and Scribus can
> create PostScript files, too (at least on Linux and Mac OS X).
> This is also described in more detail in the Online Help, which is being
> shipped with Scribus in the hope that users actually read it.
> It might look unintuitive at first, but it actually makes sense, because
> it's a real time-saver once you got used to it. The Fonts settings in the
> Preferences/Document Setup work as a bidirectional font manager. One
> direction is installed fonts: You can tell Scribus which fonts it should
> use or ignore. The other direction is the handling of fonts during
> PostScript/PDF export from Scribus, either generally or for your current
> project.
> HTH,
> Christoph
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