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Topic: Re: Times / Helv / Zapf D no longer included? (Via Email)
Conf: (P-PDF) Acrobat 6.0, Msg: 96920
From: isaacs
Date: 9/23/2003 10:30 AM

At 9/22/2003 05:03 PM, p-pdf-acrobat6 Listmanager wrote:
>From: "jann"
>
>Sipping on my cocoa and leafing through this month's bestseller - aka
'acrohelp.pdf' - I noticed the following and wondered what repercussions if
any this has on our present understanding of Acrobat and font usage:
>
>"Note: Acrobat 6 no longer includes the Times, Helvetica and ZapfDingbats
fonts that have been included in previous versions. If you want these fonts
to be viewed and printed in the PDF files that you create, embed the fonts"
>
>?


As of Acrobat 4, Acrobat's font strategy has effectively been one of "you
decide what fonts you want to use, you use those fonts, and embed them in
the PDF file for full and proper fidelity." Times, Helvetica, Symbol,
Courier, and ITC Zapf Dingbats ceased to have any real special meaning,
except for what we could best describe as "legacy PDF files."

In Acrobat 4, Adobe stopped shipping the Times and Helvetica families with
Acrobat. If your existing PDF file referenced same and they weren't
embedded in the PDF file, we used special Type 1 versions of Times New
Roman and Arial as substitutes. Also, in Acrobat 4, for the first time, we
allowed and encouraged embedding of all embeddable fonts; the fourteen
faces of Times, Helvetica, Courier, Symbol, and ITC Zapf Dingbats were no
longer special-cased from being embedded.

In Acrobat 6, Adobe no longer ships Type 1 Times New Roman and Arial
substitutes for Times and Helvetica. If you have a PDF file that calls for
unembedded Times and/or Helvetica, Acrobat (or Adobe Reader) attempts to
use the OS' Times New Roman and Arial TrueType fonts if you don't have the
Type 1 Times and/or Helvetica installed on your system. (Virtually ALL
Windows and Mac systems have these fonts installed unless the user has
"sabotaged" the system and removed same.) If for some reason, the OS' Times
New Roman and Arial fonts are not installed, substitution for Times and
Helvetica is accomplished via Acrobat's own Adobe Serif and Adobe Sans
Multiple Master substitution fonts, just as they would be used to
substitute for other serif and sans-serif fonts otherwise. Also, Acrobat 6
/ Adobe Reader 6 no longer provide a private copy of ITC Zapf Dingbats. If
you have a PDF file that accesses ITC Zapf Dingbats but doesn't have that
font embedded and the font is not installed on the system, an
Acrobat-internal use-only font, Adobe Pi Std is used to provide
substitution.

Bottom line is that if your workflow since Acrobat 4 religiously embeds all
fonts referenced within the PDF file, Acrobat 6 should not impose any
significant differences as far as fonts are concerned.

- Dov



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