Re: distiller/fonts

Subject: Re: distiller/fonts
From: "Richard G. Combs" <richard -dot- combs -at- voyanttech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 16:31:18 -0600

In reply to my:

> > Simple solution? Buy and install the Times font family (better yet,
> > "Type Basics" package, which includes Times and the other "standard 35"
> > PostScript fonts).

Dick Margulis wrote:

> Careful with that! Times New Roman, Times Roman, Times, Times-Roman are
> all different fonts. They look the same, of course, but if the names
> differ by even a hyphen, Distiller won't recognize them as being the
> same. I'm sure Jennifer already has one or more versions on her system
> without going out and purchasing any. In fact, Distiller brings along
> its own.

In general, that's good advice -- it pays to be careful with fonts that have
similar names. They may be from different vendors or in different formats
(Type1 vs. TrueType), and one can't assume that they're interchangeable --
or that an application will treat them as such.

However, "Times-Roman" (as specified in Jennifer's error message) is in fact
how Adobe Acrobat refers to the "plain" (roman) font of the PostScript Type
1 Times family that's included in the "Type Basics" package and most/all
PostScript printers.

I've just confirmed this in Distiller (Settings>Job Options>Fonts; then,
under Embedding, check the Base 14 Fonts list). Then, in Acrobat, I opened a
PDF created with that font family and checked the embedded fonts
(File>Document Properties>Fonts). The list includes Times-Roman, Times-Bold,
and Times-BoldItalic.

So I'm pretty confident that installing the PostScript Type 1 Times family
would solve Jennifer's problem. Of course, I've been wrong before... a _few_
times... ;-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Voyant Technologies, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT voyanttechDOTcom
rgcombs AT freeDASHmarketDOTnet

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