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I have this irritation in viewing pdfs. Confidential files which are made as word processor docs (perhaps using m$ calibri font) and then exported to pdf end up using this bizarre, ultra light and nearly illegible font in Adobe Acrobat. In the middle of each paragraph is likely to be a single line in a sensible font.
They view perfectly in xpdf, but xpdf freaks my printer. Adobe Acrobat prints ok usually, because some other postscript font is substituted.
I'd love to fix it, so that I see something legible. HOW?
EDIT: Just to mention. Adobe Reader's fonts are symlinked to /usr/share/fonts/Type1 = same as ghostscript.
Last edited by business_kid; 07-16-2013 at 07:41 AM.
Well, I tried installing Calibri. It's a ~TTF (Word Processor) version, installing to /usr/share/fonts/TTF. Adobe Reader is using Postscript fonts, .afm, .pfa, .pfm from /usr/share/fonts/Type1.
Adobe cannot use that particular font. All fonts encountered are mapped to one of the postscript fonts, and it's choice is irritating me mightily. The attachment hopefully shows a bit of bad font, and a bit of the single good line in big paragraphs. I want to switch the crappy font for, anything postscript.
If the font is embedded, then you're stuck. But if it's not, then all you need is a Type 1 version of it. If you keep getting this stuff and are desperate enough, it's worth getting Fontforge and converting the ttf.
Well, I checked my files, and I'm totally wrong. Calibri does show up in this crappy Postscript font, but I don't see Calibri in use. There's a letterhead and text in these. I'm seeing Arial, Times New Roman, and Garamond, and a few other windows fonts. They are also turning up in this crappy postscript font - and I want them to show in some other crappy postscript font. Here is a section of output from a directory full of these files. The command I used was
grep -ah Font filename.pdf
and I'm seeing this from one of the offending files. They have a header in blue, text and an imaged signature, with occasional Italics, Bold & caps.
Doesn't look particularly light (unless there is some, hidden Calibri, Super Light version that I didn't spot). In any case, if the date in that second reference, 2002, is right there probably should be one of the Red Hat open source fonts that has the same metrics and which can be substituted. Don't know which one though.
Am I getting the right impression in thinking that you are getting .pdf files from some external source, and you have to work with those? If that's true, you have to stick with fonts of the same, or very close, metrics, otherwise lines of text will fall off the edge of the page/crash in to one another, etc. If you have the word processor files themselves, the metrics may not be an issue, because the word processor itself will shuffle the text around, to suit.
...this crappy postscript font...
Is the situation now that you don't know which font causes the problem?