Blank box over colon when exporting PDF from Indesign

Community Beginner ,
Jan 07, 2022 Jan 07, 2022

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Hi,

 

I've been doing some troubleshooting on a particular problem: I get a blank box over the colon when exporting a PDF from Indesign. See screenshot. This happens only with the websafe Heebo font and only when exporting to PDF (tested other exports like Jpeg, the font exports properly then). Same issue when displaying in other PDF readers (apple preview and PDF expert) so I am assuming it's an issue when exporting the font. I am not sure how to fix this tho? Any advice?

 

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Thank you all!

 

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Hello, can you show us the settings for the exported PDF?

And when i see the infos for the font i've this : 

About Heebo

Heebo is a Hebrew and Latin typeface family, which extends Christian Roberton's Roboto Latin to Hebrew. The Hebrew was drawn by Oded Ezer and the font files were mastered by Meir Sadan.

Since the Hebrew design of this family is primary, the vertical metrics are different to the original Roboto family. This family is auto-hinted, whereas Roboto is hand-hinted, so the rendering quality of Roboto may be better on older Windows machines.

In May 2020, the family has been updated to a variable font family.

The Heebo project is led by Oded Ezer, a type designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. To contribute, see github.com/odedezer/heebo

 

Is it the right font? 
What's the result if you use a similar font?

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Hi,

 

I've used the default print high quality print (compatibility acrobat 5) export settings and the default interactive PDF settings. I have played around with the settings but no dice until now. And yes that is the right font. With any other somilar font no issues. I'd love to be able to change fonts but I have to stick to this one as it's a branding project so the choice is final.

 

Thank you so much!

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So after countless installs, reboots, cache clears and font installs, it seems like a combo of a buggy font install and cache made this issue. Thank you all for your input and help though!

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I will add to (excellent) Alexandre answer: 

In May 2020, the family has been updated to a variable font family

Don't use variable fonts with InDesign, you'll get a lot of trouble.

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Hi CallMeC,

what could also help:

Uninstall the font. Reinstall it in your system.

 

If this will not work, uninstall it and move the font files to the Fonts folder of InDesign's Application folder.

 

There are a lot of discussions in the forum with similar problems on a variety of fonts.

Just to list some of them:

 

Umlauts generate small square after export
SayMyNameSayMyName, Nov 22, 2021
https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/umlauts-generate-small-square-after-export/m-p/1...

 

Can't export quotation marks in an open source font to PDF
Irrumba, Nov 23, 2021
https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/can-t-export-quotation-marks-in-an-open-source-f...

 

Export to pdf destroys font
Robert21919741ecwv, Nov 24, 2021
https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/export-to-pdf-destroys-font/m-p/12547575#M455019

 

Plairfay display font is giving troubles
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https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/plairfay-display-font-is-giving-troubles/m-p/126...

 

Problème police
stephanie22074081kb82, Dec 03, 2021
https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/probl%C3%A8me-police/m-p/12568514#M456312

 

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https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/quote-marks-displaying-incorrectly-in-exported-p...

 

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As far as I can see there is no issue with InDesign on Windows.

The issue began with InDesign 2022 on Mac OS.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Vote for a fix at InDesign UserVoice:

 

Missing Glyphs on PDF export in InDesign v17.0
Cole Nov 1, 2021
https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601180/suggestions/44385984

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Feb 03, 2022 Feb 03, 2022

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I'd like to know if this issue still persists with InDesign version 17.1.0.50 or if it is finally fixed.

 

Thanks,
Uwe Laubender

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