[reportlab-users] Disable TTF Embedding

Tim Roberts timr at probo.com
Wed Oct 15 14:17:03 EDT 2008

Bill Freeman wrote:

> Tim Roberts wrote:

>> Yoann Roman wrote:


>>> I looked into Acrobat 9's default settings, and it *does* embed

>>> subsets of all fonts except for Arial, Arial Black, Arial Narrow,

>>> Century Gothic, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Lucida Console,

>>> Tahoma, Times New Roman, Trebuchet, and Verdana. It has all those on

>>> a "never embed" list for its "Standard" profile.



>> That's fascinating, because it means those PDFs cannot be viewed on

>> Windows 2000 or Windows 98 without Microsoft Office. That's an

>> incredibly bone-headed decision on their part.


> Unless the acrobat reader they're offering for those products is

> packaged with those fonts.

The beauty of PDF files is that you don't need an exact version match to
read a file. I shouldn't need a new reader to read a new PDF. If I
have Acrobat Reader 5 on Windows 98, it won't be able to display those

Plus, those fonts are licensed, and Adobe and Microsoft haven't been on
the friendliest of terms.

Tim Roberts, timr at probo.com
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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