FW: Fuzzy PDF text

Subject: FW: Fuzzy PDF text
From: Lynn Perry <CLPerry -at- WALLDATA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 12:45:19 -0800

I found this searching for TrueType. It's certainly true for our PDF output;
the times font we used was nearly unreadable for blurriness. You might also
want to check out which printer you use.
Type 1 fonts are generally much better to
use than true type fonts for making PDF files.

"The following is a quote from page 24 of the Adobe Acrobat 3.0 Getting
Started guide:
"...because when such files [PDF] are created in Windows with TrueType
fonts the text in them is unsearchable and unselectable." (This is given
as a reason why one should use Type 1 fonts and Adobe Type Manager.)"
I find that some TrueType fonts work perfectly fine, while others work
from PDF Writer and not from Distiller. If you can go with Type 1 fonts,
do it.
In our previous episode, Sonja Draeger said:
> I'm having trouble printing my .pdf files. I create the original files
> in Word using Garamond (W1), use Acrobat Distiller to distill them, then
> view them in Acrobat Exchange--no problems. But when I print the files
> the font is completely wrong.

Beth Friedman bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com replies:
I'm pretty sure the trouble is that you're using a printer font
(that's what the (W1) means, I think), and that's the one thing that
Acrobat Distiller has trouble with -- it can understand Type 1 and
TrueType fonts just fine.

We had a similar situation, and once we hunted up a Type 1 version of
Garamond, everything went swimmingly.

From: Technical Writers List; for all Technical Communication issues
[TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU] on behalf of Tim Altom [taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET]
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 1998 8:55 AM
Subject: Re: Adobe Type Manager

Adobe Type Manager (ATM) is just the part of the PostScript interpreter that
processes Type 1 fonts so you can see them on the screen. It traps
application font calls and renders them for display. Some apps (not sure
about FM) automatically boot ATM when they open, but I wouldn't take the
chance. I'd start ATM manually if I was using extensive Type 1 PostScript.
However, I usually content myself with TrueType, so ATM isn't of much value
on my machine. In our production side of the house, however, PostScript gets
a workout, so they need ATM for Type 1.
pdfwriter uses a low quality postscript driver to provide postscript and
really can't deal with images well and any complex layouts. we also had lots
of probs with pdfwriter with truetype fonts-so that isn't an option. i
never using it because of the driver.

C. Lynn Perry
clperry -at- walldata -dot- com
Wall Data Incorporated / Seattle WA
Some days it doesn't pay to gnaw through the straps

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