We are running into a strange issue with Acrobat Standard XI when viewing PDF documents sent to us by a client.
Some of the text appears to be scrambled and unreadable, yet the document looks fine when opened in any Internet browser and even free version of Adobe Reader.
User is on Windows 10 PRO x64.
So far we have tried:
- Repairing Acrobat
- Updating Acrobat
- Fully reinstall Acrobat
- Disabling Document Protection
- Adjusting a couple of the options in the the Acrobat PDF printer options
Here is a snippet of the problem:
I too am experiencing the same issue with the latest version of Adobe. Here's the culprit file:
1. Reinstalling Adobe
2. Updating Adobe
3. And repairing Adobe
Still having issues. It's not with every PDF, just certain ones. And if you check the fonts being used they are all basic fonts:
Courier New Bold
Any help or ideas would be appreciated!
I am having the same issue as jgrichards. Tried all of the suggestions here. Version is 18.011.20038. Running Windows 10 64-bit OS.
Only fields that show messed up are fields that are using Ariel font. I have tried in Reader and Acrobat Pro.
I can email this to another user and they are able to open it without any issues. Arial font works in other programs (Word, Excel, etc). Issue is only on invoices that get sent to the user.
Any help would be appreciated.
I am too having the same issues running Windows 10 64bit OS. Version 18.011.20038. Not all files but the ones I export from one program come out all scrambled. Is there a patch for this?
This issue is back I believe after the April 2018 Windows 10 update.
This issue started before April for us. Only have one person affected though, which is weird.
Same here! so far anyway only one person......
This just showed up for me too!
Same problem, multiple users, issue is intermittent but a daily thing for lots of folks. They try the same docu again a short time later and it opens fine. Docu can be web based, off a network share, from an email attachment or on the local client.
Errors similar to below...
"Cannot find or create the font 'ArialMT'. Some characters may not display or print correctly.
OS Windows 10 (10.0.17134) 64 bit, occurs with either Adobe Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat XI Pro with both being up to date.
No resolution found so far despite trying several suggestions off the net.
This is the way I resolved this issue:
Inside the PDF document you are trying to print - click printer icon (or file then print) > then when the printer menu opens> click on "advanced" this is located beside "printer proprieties" - this opens the "Advance print setup menu". Once there, you will see language, font resource policy, some check boxes below etc.
In the "Advance Print Setup" menu, do the following steps:
1, In the "font and resource policy" - change this drop down option to "Send at Start" ( optional step)
2, Unchecked the box that says "Download Asian font"
3, Check the box that says "Print As Image" there is a DPI settings beside that option leave as is.
(When you select the "Pint As Image" it will gray out all the other options.)
4, Click OK, now you are able to print without any issues your PDF document in the font and layout intended. You will not get any garbled messages.
Did Adobe mess this one up BIG TIME!
What the HECK is up with this scrambled TEXT? I'm seeing the same problem. REboot is temp fix but comes back again.
Its 2019 and we are still seeing this problem. [Profanity removed by moderator.]
I just had a corruption issue come up that I have never seen. I completed our fillable document, saved it as a .pdf and then the document changed to the image that i have attached.
I'm using Acrobat DC and when I export my script, the parts with duel dialogue, meaning that two people speak at the same time are all jumbled, even after the update. This has happened to three of my scripts.
We are havign this issue as well.
When you see scrambled text, dots, odd characters, or white blocks that look like tofu, it means that the PDF doesn't have the original fonts embedded.
Acrobat tries to substitute with a font on your computer system, but when it can't find a valid substitute, it shows "scrambled" text for some or all of the text
3 solutions, take your pick of which one will work for your situation:
Here are the steps:
Hope this helps.
One more suggestion: take a quick class in how to make PDFs to prevent errors like this, and how to correct errors in PDFs. Don't swear at our software companies; we all have the responsibility of learning how to use the tools. Flying by the seat of your pants doens't work and just gives you a royal PITA (pain in the "anatomy").
Is there a patch to fix this issue instead of applying this workaround?
We cannot produce a “patch” to fix this problem because except for a few situations back in time (some mentioned in this thread), if you are seeing this problem, it is indicative of a PDF (typically created via non-Adobe software) that was improperly created. The two most common issues in our experience:
And by the way, the “fixup” provided doesn't always work. Again, the biggest problem is dicey PDF file creators.
Quote: "the biggest problem is dicey PDF file creators"
Do you mean the people or the software conversion/export utilities?
Completely disagree "we all have the responsibility to use the tools." That is like saying "we all have the responsibility to do our own root canals."
I disagree, @Thor98A1.
My comment that we all have the responsibility to LEARN how to use the software tools (rather than swearing at the software companies) is more like:
Smart ass comments don't exempt you from learning how to do something the right way.
I've never heard the TOFU analogy - I like it! 🙂
Not sure if this will help anyone, but I just experienced this problem with an end user. In our case it turned out she was saving the document via "Print to PDF" which in turn was converting the PDF into a PDF again which caused some issues with the fonts, and ended up looking garbled. I had the user save the PDF the traditional way, by using the popup toolbar in the browser and selecting the save icon, to save the document in its native PDF format instead of converting it via the print menu. Once the document was saved the traditional way the fonts looked correct and everything was readable.
Hope this helps someone!
This totally helped me in IT Support, the simple workaround method yay
This fixed the garbled text problem for me. Thank you so much!!
This was the solution for me, Thanks!
Thanks, but still it did not work for me. This is the file if you want to test:
Note: the issue does not arise in all the pages of the document, but only in the annex sections (pages 10 to 17).
This is what I did:
1. Acrobat Pro DC - Tools - Protect & Standardize - Print Production.
2. Acrobat Pro DC - Tools - Protect & Standardize - Print Production - Preflight.
3. Acrobat Pro DC - Tools - Protect & Standardize - Print Production - Preflight - Document - Embed font - Fix.
4. Save as PDF.
5. Preflight profile "Embed fonts" did not find any errors or warnings.
Using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 20.006.20042 on macOS 10.12.6 (16G2136) Sierra.