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Working with Fonts

Font portability was a big issue before Acrobat came along. You could use any fancy font in your Mac to create an illustration, but if your client didn't have that font in his PC (or worse, if there was no PC version of that font), you had some rough choices. Limit your creative juices to the use of a common font like Arial or Times; or convert your text to outlines, rendering it uneditable. Or you could create the most amazing artwork in your PC and send it to print, only to get the final EPS file returned to you because the Mac-based printer didn't have the fonts used. And if you were working with long documents, good luck! Imagine converting to outlines all 120 pages in a magazine.

To overcome the font problem Adobe gave Acrobat the capability of embedding a copy of the font inside a PDF file and using it to display text the way it was originally created. Putting the technical jargon aside, what this means is that you don't have to worry about platform or font type anymore.


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