i get an missing font error when printing a placed pdf file from indesign

Posted on 2008-11-19
Last Modified: 2013-12-02

A client gave me an 100 page pdf file on A4 format (210x297mm) which has to be printed on A5 (210x148,5mm) and thermically "bound" in booklets.

Since i had to have extra space left and on the bottom off the page for the "binding process", i placed every single page off the PDF file into an indesign page.

Thanks to positioning the "place frame" this has all the necesarry space for the binding, and this automatically scales the A4 pages to A5 within the placed frame.

When printing the 100 pg indesign document i get an "missing font error" when i come in the print dialog box.

In Preflight, under fonts, all fonts show up "embedded" or "OK".  When i open Type \ find font, all fonts used appear to be missing.

When opening the original PDF in Acrobat Professional, the document properties say under fonts "embedded subset " or nothing behind the used fonts.

I need to know that the pdf will be print exactly as the creator has intended because i need to do a lot of these booklets.  

I have no time to manually check a 100 pages for missing or changed fonts.

any suggestions ?


Question by:ggc2
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    Expert Comment

    One option: Obtain the missing fonts;
    Second option: Ask the client for a pdf with embedded fonts and tell them to save as Press Quality to embed the fonts, then not to run Doc > Reduce Size or Advanced > PDF Optimizer to reduce PDF size, since that tends to unembed fonts.
    Once you get the higher quality PDF w/embedded fonts you can use the InDesign links panels to make sure the links are up to date.
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    Author Comment

    Ok that is all understandable.

    But is there a way so i can check if something is really missing already ?

    When printing a proof print all the text "seems" to be printed fine.  Off course i can't check all the page completely but at first sight, all seems ok.

    I thougt it might be possible for Indesign to "highlight" places on the page where changes might have occured during missing fonts etc.

    Can this be done ?
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, Type > Find Font and File > Prefilght missing fonts are both the same tool. If you clear preflight without font warnings you are good to go; If preflight gives you errors then you use the Type > Find font to replace/repair the missing font issue.
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    thank you for your very helpful comments !

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