Getting information about Fonts being used in a PDF file
A colleague of mine recently faced an issue related to the PDF file format.
The PDFs were containing mission critical client information, they were successfully mailed but there was a small problem.
The received PDF would open up correctly in the reader application, but rather than the original fonts, some un-intended fonts were substituted instead.
The issue was due to the fact that my friend was using the non-generic fonts available on his local system and not embedding them (without realizing this would cause any issues though!).
This created disparity in the originally intended and the viewed PDF documents and also lead to lots of confusion between the affected parties.
Now, he asked me for help in getting the information about the various fonts being used in the PDF, so that he would rather use a generic font which would not have the danger of being substituted and the PDF should appear as intended at the client’s location.
I thus decided to get a small article in place for anyone else who may be facing a similar problem.
In order to just find the fonts which are being used by the PDF, using the normal Adobe Reader, do the following steps: -
1. Open the file in Adobe PDF Reader;
2. Select File->Properties
3. On the resulting Dialog, choose the Font tab.
You will see a list of fonts. The ones that are embedded will be having this status in the brackets ‘( )’ …