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Extracting a Font from a PDF

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I want to do something simple: create an instructional booklet for my phone system. The phone system has a few special buttons. I've got a techncial manual in PDF format that has the buttons as a special embedded font.

I'd really like to extract the font from the PDF so that I can use it in my booklet.

Can it be done?
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by:weed
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Depends on whether the entire font was embedded, or whether a font subset was embedded. In the first case you can read the directions at http://www.polbox.com/g/gnnggb/bxgqzna.html
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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Extracting fonts from a PDF (or PostScript) file is almost always a copyright violation: If you have the right to use the font, you almost always do have access to the font (either because you bought it and installed it on your system, or because it's free, and you can download it from the Internet).
The fact that it's technically possible to extract embedded fonts is the reason why some font vendors are reluctant to allow embedding their fonts. Please don't give them more reasons for their position by taking advantage of a technical possibility, even though it's illegal.

Assuming thta you do have the rights to use the font, you can find out if the font by going the the "Document Properties" and selecting "Fonts". If the font is embedded, it's listed as "Embedded", if it's only subset embedded, this is also listed.
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by:TerrellITC
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Weed,
I should have mentioned that I'm in purely Windows world and those instructions are for Linux.

khkremer,
Yes, I know about the copyright issue. And I'm willing to purchase the font, for a reasonable amount (say, up to $100 for the dozen special characters). But I checked with a forum of venders and no one knew of a source for this font. And I have no access to the manufactor which produced the manual. So I would like to claim educational fair rights use to appropriate the font for this instructional sheet.
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I once created a PDF file with the font embedded into it. I took it to college for printing, where i needed it to be edited before printing.

When I tried to edit it using Adobe Acrobat 5 (the complete package) it scanned the file for fonts and asked me if I wanted to extract the font into the system directory (or something like that) so that i could edit the text. I allowed it to do so and I could edit the document easily.

You could use a similar technique to create the symbols you want and extract them later, or if the font is available in the windows directory, it should solve your problem.

I tried this at my home PC where I have Acrobat 6, and it didnt work. I dont know why. If its really important, you could give the above a shot.

Ali.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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Not quite... It did not ask you to extract the font, it asked you to unembed the font in order to edit it. The font will only be extracted temporarily, and will not be added to your font directory. You can only use it to edit the document that already has the font embedded. For copyright reasons, Adobe removed this feature from Acrobat 6.
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by:alias84
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Thank-you for the correction khkremer.

Still, if there's no copyright-violation you can use the technique I mentioned to 'type' the symbols and copy them as an image.

Ali.
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