Adobe Acrobat X - Error: "All or part of the selection has no available system font. You cannot add or delete text using the currently selected font."

Hi Experts,

I am getting this error when I attempt to edit a PDF file that was created on another computer.

I have checked File | Properties | Fonts
- all the fonts are embedded.

Is there any workaround for this problem at my end?

Regards,
Leigh
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rishabv1Commented:
Acrobat 9

    Choose Tools > Advanced Editing > TouchUp Text Tool.
    Select the text that you want to edit with this tool and right-click (Windows) or Command+Click (Mac OS), and then choose Properties.
    In the TouchUp Properties dialog box, select the Text tab.
    In the Font pop-up menu, select a Font consistent with the current font you are using. (The fonts listed are the fonts that are available on your system.) You can choose to embed the font into the document by checking the Embed checkbox. Or, you can choose a subset of only the characters you want to add by checking the Subset checkbox (which keeps the file smaller).

Acrobat 10

    Choose Tools > Content > Edit Document Text
    Select the text that you want to edit with this tool and right-click (Windows) or Command+Click (Mac OS), and then choose Properties.
    In the TouchUp Properties dialog box, select the Text tab.
    In the Font pop-up menu, select a Font consistent with the current font you are using. (The fonts listed are the fonts that are available on your system.) You can choose to embed the font into the document by checking the Embed checkbox. Or, you can choose a subset of only the characters you want to add by checking the Subset checkbox (which keeps the file smaller).


Additional information

If the fonts in a PDF file aren't available on the computer, or they are different versions, it's likely that you can't edit text in the PDF. Changing the text to a font available on the system allows you to edit it the text in the PDF document.
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LeighWardleAuthor Commented:
rishabv1:

I tried your steps for Acrobat 10.

In the Font pop-up menu, I have tried selecting 3 or 4 different Fonts - e.g. Arial, TimesRoman, CourierNew.

Everytime I get an error message - see screendump below.
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rishabv1Commented:
No, Acrobat is not a word processor.

More to the point Acrobat lets one "work" PDF and PDF is not a file format designed as a word processing, editing, formating, or page layout file format.

PDF is, essentially, a "final destination" format.

What it is is described in the ISO Standard for  PDF (ISO 32000-1).

 

Be well...
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jmpg_70Commented:
Despite Acrobat not being a Word processor, to some degree it can be used to edit PDF content, except in your circumstance.

What you are experiencing is Sub-set fonts. Essentially every character/glyph is a Font which started as part of another Font. The software tries to find the font in the loaded operating system fonts.

A bunch of different plug-ins allow editing of PDFs, however they are most based around Pre-press environments and cost a fortune.

Often it is easier to make edits in the source file and create a new PDF.
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eqnetopsCommented:
I am also having a similar issue with Adobe X.  I just upgraded a few systems with Adobe X standard on a Win 7 platform.  Its a morgage/lender company so documents from banks are sent over to be edited and signed by the client.  When the documents are opened to perform the edits; whether sent via email, or pulled off another platform, the saves cannot be completed using the font.  It trys to overwrite the existing font which then crashes the document and unfortunately causes it not to save.  I found a small work around for the time being by extracting the pages to be edited and then making the changes and saves.  It takes a moment and a dialog box with progress bar opens and states "replacing font".  It doesnt crash the document however the biggest issue is that it can be time consuming to the team working on it, i.e. slows productivity.  I assumed that the orginial format (older version of adobe like 6) was using an older font and the X version didnt recognize this however that hunch went out the window once i saw that both versions are using "Times New Roman".  I have exhausted all my knowledge hencewith and I wondering if anyone else is having this experience?  ~ Rachel
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