PDF Font Embedding Options - Black Ice ColorPlus and PDF Printer Drivers

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The PDF standard supports 14 default fonts: Times (4 types), Helvetica (4 types), Courier (4 types), Symbol and ZapfDingbats. If one uses only these default fonts when creating the PDF document, then most consumer PDF viewers will be able to display the document correctly. However if one creates a PDF file on a computer, which has certain non-default fonts installed, and they are used in the PDF document, the file might not display correctly on another computer if that computer does not have those specific fonts installed.

The solution for this problem is to use embedded fonts. When a consumer application opens a PDF document containing embedded fonts, it can extract the fonts from the PDF file and use the extracted fonts to display the document correctly on any computer. The Black Ice’s PDF printer driver supports the following font formats for embedding: TrueType (.ttf), OpenType TrueType (.ttf), OpenType (.otf) and Type1 (.pfb, .pfm).

The embedded fonts increase the size of the document, but guarantee that the appearance of the text will be the same as in the source document in all consumer application on all computers. If the size of the font file is small, the font embedding is not a problem. However the size of Asian (Japanese, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean) font files are very big, embedding them might not always be practical. If the font will not be embedded the consumer application will try to display the text with the original font. If the original font is not installed it will be viewed with the viewer application’s own fonts.

In the PDF Settings window the embedded fonts can be specified under the Fonts tab.

Embed fonts: If this option is checked the printer driver embeds all the fonts in the PDF document except the licensed fonts, the 14 Adobe fonts, and the standard Windows fonts.

Embed licensed fonts: Certain font manufacturers may not permit the embedding of their fonts into a document without the proper licensing on the viewer’s machine. The small lock icon before a font name indicates restricted license embedding. Fonts with “restricted license embedding” rights will not be embedded into the document, unless the “Embed licensed fonts” checkbox is selected.

Embed Adobe standard fonts: Standard Adobe fonts include 14 fonts which are carried with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Since most people view their pdf files with this program, the default setting is not to embed these fonts into the document to reduce the size of the output file. The following is the list of standard Adobe fonts:

    • Courier
    • Courier-Oblique
    • Courier-Bold
    • Courier-BoldOblique
    • Rounded Rectangle
    • Helvetica
    • Helvetica-Oblique
    • Helvetica-Bold
    • Helvetica-BoldOblique
    • Times-Roman
    • Times-Italic
    • Times-Bold
    • Times-BoldItalic
    • Symbol
    • ZapfDingbats

Embed Windows standard fonts: Standard windows fonts is a collection of fonts which are on almost every desktop windows machine. These fonts will not be embedded unless the embed standard windows font checkbox is selected.
Here is a list of standard Windows fonts:

    • Arial
    • Arial Black
    • Arial Bold
    • Arial Bold Italic
    • Arial Italic
    • Comic Sans MS
    • Comic Sans MS Bold
    • Courier New
    • Courier New Bold
    • Courier New Bold Italic
    • Courier New Italic
    • Estrangelo Edessa
    • Franklin Gothic Medium
    • Franklin Gothic Medium Italic
    • Gautami
    • Georgia
    • Georgia Bold
    • Georgia Bold Italic
    • Georgia Italic
    • Latha
    • Lucida Console
    • Lucida Sans Unicode
    • Microsoft Sans Serif
    • Palatino Linotype
    • Palatino Linotype Bold
    • Palatino Linotype Bold Italic
    • Palatino Linotype Italic
    • Symbol
    • Tahoma
    • Tahoma Bold
    • Times New Roman
    • Times New Roman Bold
    • Times New Roman Bold Italic
    • Times New Roman Italic
    • Trebuchet MS
    • Trebuchet MS Bold
    • Trebuchet MS Bold Italic
    • Trebuchet MS Italic
    • Tunga
    • Verdana
    • Verdana Bold
    • Verdana Bold Italic
    • Verdana Italic
    • Webdings
    • Wingdings
    • MS Serif
    • MV Boli
    • Roman
    • Script
    • Small Fonts

Force to embed: These fonts will be embedded in the PDF document even if the embed fonts checkbox is not selected.

Forbidden to embed: These fonts won’t be embedded in the PDF document even if the Embed fonts checkbox is selected.

Create font subset: When embedding fonts it is possible to include only those characters in a font that were used in the document. This partial font is called a "Font Subset" If this option is checked fonts are embedded as font subset. This works only for TrueType/OpenType fonts. This setting can greatly reduce the output file size.