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Some PDFs are displaying random characters for users on Acro DC 2015 - Fine for users with new vers.

Community Beginner ,
Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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Some older PCs in my environment are still using Acrobat DC 2015. These users typically get along just fine, but recently PDFs from one particular source are appearing with jumbled characters. These PDFs are forms that were filled out before we receive them. The characters of the form itself are what is jumbled, not the filled-in fields. 

 

I have Acrobat DC Standard installed from Adobe Teams, so it's the up-to-date, latest version. The PDFs in question look fine to me. 

 

Also worth noting is that if the affected users view the PDFs with a web browser, they look fine there, as well. So there's something with how Acrobat itself is rendering the PDF?

 

This is NOT the 'use local fonts' issue. The characters are not random squares and chinese symbols as is often the symptom with that issue. The 'use local fonts' checkbox is checked in these instances. 

 

I've added a screenshot to illustrate how it looks. It almost seems like a character set issue. For example the word "Level" becomes "Kdudk".

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This should read:

Accepted Date 6/22/2021 2:32 PM

Generated Date 6/22/2021/2:32 PM

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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Hi Chris,

 

Thank you for reaching out and sorry for the trouble.

 

It seems that fonts are not embedded in the PDF or available on the machine.

Would it be possible to share the PDF with us so we can check it on our end?

 

Thanks,

Meenakshi

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Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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I should have mentioned this. I looked at the fonts by opening the file and doing File > Properties > Fonts tab. The fonts in use are Arial and Arial Bold. I did not verify whether those were installed, I assumed they were. It'd be pretty weird if they weren't. 

 

I'm sorry but it is not possible to share the PDFs, they contain sensitive information. 

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