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*GEB
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PDF missing some symbol fonts

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04-07-2009 08:08 AM
Is this issue I'm having with AutoCAD 2010 LT just my problem or has anyone
else seen this happen when using symbols with Comic Sans MS font in PDF plot
files?

We have been using Comic Sans MS true font in AutoCAD since version 2000 all
the way to 2009 LT without any font problems when generating drawings in PDF
format (standard DWG to PDF. pc3 plot). Now with AutoCAD 2010 LT some
symbols no longer work (diameter for one). I can take the same dwg file to
AutoCAD 2009 LT and not have the problem. I converted the text to ISOCPEUR
true font and the symbols work. It seems to be related to the COMIC SANS
MS font. I hate to think that our library of company standard details will
all need to be converted to another font type, plus any older drawings as
needed.

The attached file is what I see when opening the TEXT TEST.PDF plot file.

A row of dots appears in the lines of text that contain the missing symbol.
I am using Adobe Reader 9 to view the pdf file.

Suggestion?
Thanks
...Gary
*Dean Saadallah
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Re: PDF missing some symbol fonts

04-07-2009 09:26 AM in reply to: *GEB
The error message simply states Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader cannot find the
font on the PC it is being used on.

Adobe Reader is not an Autodesk product and is not fixable from AutoCAD:
what did you use for pdf creation and how do you have fonts being handled?
Most likely, not the same ways or settings in 2009 or earlier.

--
Dean Saadallah
http://LTisACAD.blogspot.com
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*GEB
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Re: PDF missing some symbol fonts

04-07-2009 11:43 AM in reply to: *GEB
The way I create the drawing in PDF format is to plot the layout with the
standard "DWG to PDF.pc3" plotter option, "plot extents", "fit to paper",
"OK". That is all we have ever done. The font was assigned in text style
for the drawing using the "Format" "Text Style" "Font Name" "ComicSansMS"
"Apply" from the menu.

This happens on all the CAD stations in the office, none of which have are
running anything different from each other. All XP-PRO SR3, all at AutoCAD
2010 LT (standalone version).

When 2010LT was installed, the migration from previous release (2009LT) was
selected and loaded successfully. After staring up 2010LT, I selected my
work settings options that migrated form 2009LT and called up a few drawings
and library parts. Everything appeared quite normal and usable. Took the
tutorial to see what was new and went to work. We use a very vanilla
install because life is much easier from version to version and that works
for our shop. I have never loaded nor customized fonts, just use what comes
with the system.

I know that Adobe Reader is not part of AutoCAD, but what is generating the
.pdf file within the AutoCAD plot module? That would be where the fonts are
assigned to for the plot output, right? It's like some symbols are just not
getting defined/assigned. Drawings that were done before 2010LT work fine
until you add or edit text that contains a symbol, then the font error
occurs and you get a row of dots.

...Gary


"Dean Saadallah" wrote in message
news:6157681@discussion.autodesk.com...
The error message simply states Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader cannot find the
font on the PC it is being used on.

Adobe Reader is not an Autodesk product and is not fixable from AutoCAD:
what did you use for pdf creation and how do you have fonts being handled?
Most likely, not the same ways or settings in 2009 or earlier.

--
Dean Saadallah
http://LTisACAD.blogspot.com
--
*George Drayton
Message 4 of 20 (42,188 Views)

Re: PDF missing some symbol fonts

04-07-2009 03:33 PM in reply to: *GEB
I think that the problem is that older versions of the AutoCAD DWG to
PDF treated text as graphics so no matter what font you used at
creation times it got put into the PDF file as dots. The later driver,
including the A2009 bonus driver treated text as vector entities
resulting a much smaller PDF file, but to display the PDF file correctly
the original fonts must be on the machine viewing the PDF file. There
is a lot to be said for only using Windows standard fonts when you sent
files of any type to others.

George Drayton CD-CAD Ltd Christchurch New Zealand
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ShayBrazier7860
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Message 5 of 20 (42,188 Views)

Re: PDF missing some symbol fonts

04-07-2009 11:36 PM in reply to: *GEB
I am having the same problem with AutoCAD 2010

When I use the export PDF function and the Arial or Verdana fonts (possibly others too) adobe gives the error message. For example with the arial font I get:

"Cannot find or create the font "ArialMT"

There appears to be no ArialMT font in the windows font directory, but there is an arial.ttf

However when I print to the cutepdf printer the file opens fine and all of the text displays.

Any suggestions on how to resolve this issue?
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markdoel
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Message 6 of 20 (42,189 Views)

Re: PDF missing some symbol fonts

04-07-2009 11:43 PM in reply to: *GEB
if you are on subscription send a support request to Autodesk.
*Dean Saadallah
Message 7 of 20 (42,189 Views)

Re: PDF missing some symbol fonts

04-08-2009 05:00 AM in reply to: *GEB
As George noted in his reply, 2010 AutoCAD is exporting your font definition
to the PDF (cutePDF does not do that).

If the font you use is ARIALMT, no program on the planet is going to convert
it on it's own to one called ARIAL.

Change fonts to something common or change pdf creation methods.

--
Dean Saadallah
http://LTisACAD.blogspot.com
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*Dean Saadallah
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Re: PDF missing some symbol fonts

04-08-2009 05:03 AM in reply to: *GEB
Open the PC3 file (plottermanager command has been around in all the older
versions you listed), go to settings, find where font handling options are
stored, set it to capture none.

--
Dean Saadallah
http://LTisACAD.blogspot.com
--
*MWN
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Re: PDF missing some symbol fonts

04-08-2009 09:51 AM in reply to: *GEB

Go into the custom properties for the DWG to
PDF.pc3 file.  Select the Edit Font List... button.  Select the fonts
that are giving your errors.  By selecting these fonts you are including
the font definition with the PDF file. This will make the PDF slightly larger
but you shouldn't get any more errors.

 

-mike


style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">
I
am having the same problem with AutoCAD 2010 When I use the export PDF
function and the Arial or Verdana fonts (possibly others too) adobe gives the
error message. For example with the arial font I get: "Cannot find or create
the font "ArialMT" There appears to be no ArialMT font in the windows font
directory, but there is an arial.ttf However when I print to the cutepdf
printer the file opens fine and all of the text displays. Any suggestions on
how to resolve this issue?
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ShayBrazier7860
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎04-07-2009
Message 10 of 20 (42,190 Views)

Re: PDF missing some symbol fonts

04-08-2009 01:15 PM in reply to: *GEB
Thanks for the suggestions. AutoCAD support gave the following answer which seems to have resolved the issue:

1. Go to Plot Dialog> Choose your PDF plotter

2. Click on Properties

3. A Plotter Configuration Dialog opens up.

4. Click on Custom Properties under the Device and document Settngs tab

5. Select "Capture all " for Font Handling in DWG to PDF Properties dialog
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