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Chapter 5. Working with Text > Setting Device Fonts Versus Embedded Fonts

Setting Device Fonts Versus Embedded Fonts

When you include a font in your Flash document that is installed on your computer, the font outline information is embedded in the exported Flash movie. This is called an embedded font and it ensures that your fonts will look consistent when displayed on other computers. Of course this adds to the file size, as each character from the selected font family has to be included in the final .swf. If file size is an issue, and the exact character matching is not important, you can choose to use device fonts. When a font is set to device, Flash will not embed the font information in the exported file. Instead the Flash Player will substitute the closest resembling font by name on the computer playing the Flash movie. The drawback is that you won't be able to predict how the fonts will display on every computer. To combat this uncertainty, Flash includes three device fonts. Each is designed with characteristics of typical fonts usually found by default on most computers. You can also choose device fonts when using small font sizes because they are not anti-alias and display clearly.

Set a Text Field to Device Font

Select a text field you want to set to the device font.

Select the Use Device Fonts check box in the Property Inspector.

The Device Font has now been changed.


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