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Adobe OpenType fonts with TrueType outlines for Microsoft Office

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Apr 28, 2014 Apr 28, 2014

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We are trying to use opentype fonts for general document editing in Word, but I found that the Word PDF save function does not render opentype fonts with postscript outlines (ie, the standard Adobe fonts), resulting in bitmapped text in the PDF.

After a long discussion with Microsoft, it seems that Word supports only opentype fonts with truetype outlines. I've confirmed that this is the case with some opentype/truetype fonts but the complying fonts I've found are rubbish.

Does anyone know if Adobe sells opentype/truetype fonts? Or would it be easier to convert our existing Adobe fonts using FontLab or TransType?

Thanks

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Actually, Microsoft does support OpenType CFF fonts in Office applications. There is a bug in Microsoft's “save as PDF” in which they rasterize the text formatted with such fonts. We are aware of it; they are aware of it. We don't know when or if they will fix it.

That having been said, support for PDF creation using Adobe Acrobat directly from such Office applications does result in OpenType CFF fonts being properly embedded in the PDF files (plus a number of other features not implemented or not properly implemented by Microsoft with their PDF generation).

          – Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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Thanks Dov,

Appreciate that we can use the Acrobat printer to get around the issue, but we're not in a position to license that to all our staff. So the question remains, does Adobe offer and OpenType/TrueType fonts?

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Actually, I am not talking about printing to the Adobe PDF PostScript printer instance, but rather the Acrobat PDFMaker plug-in for Office that is part of Acrobat. Although the printing to Adobe PDF “works,” it doesn't produce optimal PDF.

To answer your original question, no, Adobe does not offer TrueType versions of the Adobe Font Library and wouldn't do so simply to accommodate a bug in Microsoft software. We'll try pushing Microsoft's buttons again to fix this. 

          – Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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