Find and Fix Missing Fonts in PDFs


One of the benefits of working with PDFs is that the fonts are part of the package so there aren't any font issues, right? OK, I can hear you rolling your eyes from here. We all know that fonts are one of the biggest headaches when working with PDFs, mostly due to creators not properly including everything needed to process the PDF properly.

Luckily, the folks at Enfocus and Monotype have given us hope with the release of their PitStop Font Fix plug-in for Acrobat Standard and Acrobat Pro. This plug-in—which only costs a social media shout-out—identifies your PDF's missing fonts and gives you options to embed them. After running the plug-in, you are presented with a report of missing fonts, sorted by those available on your system and those available for download.

Fixing the fonts can be accomplished with just a click, either by choosing to embed any fonts you have on your computer for free or to adding them via the Monotype Baseline cloud- and fee-based font service. This option clearly shows how many tokens (normally $1.49 USD per token) will be needed to embed all the necessary fonts in the PDF. The Font Fix plug-in embeds the fonts directly into the current PDF only, so you'll need to save the file after downloading any fonts.

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