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Help+Manual 7.4.0 (Beta) addresses PDF Font Embedding

Help+Manual 7.4.0 Beta is available for download from this direct link:

Please note that this is a beta version, not a stable release.

Changes and New Features

Version 7.4 addresses mostly PDF export. We have implemented font embedding for TrueType fonts that are part of a TrueType Collection.

Most fonts in Windows are TrueType fonts. And most TrueType fonts are stored in a separate font file with the file extension .ttf. To save space, some TrueType fonts are bundled in TrueType collections, font files ending with .ttc. These font collections contain more than one TrueType font (character descriptions are shared). To embed such a font into PDF, the collection package needs to be disassembled and the single TrueType font must be repackaged for embedding. This was not possible in version 7.3.6 and earlier, and is now up for testing: all TrueType fonts should now be embedded properly, whether they are located in a single font file or part of a font collection.

When you test version 7.4 beta, please change your PDF export settings as shown in the figure below:

If you find font embedding problems, please report them to our support!

Detailed changes in 7.4.0 Beta

  • TrueType fonts located in TrueType collection packages can now be embedded. Package disassembly and embedding works automatically when you opt to embed TrueType fonts.
  • Before version 7.4, TrueType collection fonts were embedded as Type3 fonts, which generated a slightly blurry typeface. The Type3 fallback option is still present, but is used only, if a TrueType font fails to embed.
  • Italic simulation has been improved. Some fonts (example: Tahoma Italic) do not exist. The italic version is simulated in Windows and to achieve the same effect in PDF, Help+Manual simulates the italic version in PDF as well. However, characters were often too dense. The simulation has been improved.
  • Font Awesome: this is a popular custom symbol font, that uses mostly Unicode characters. However, it is not a “symbol” font per se, but declares itself as a regular font. Symbol characters written with Font Awesome could not be embedded in PDF. Now, Font Awesome is treated as a “symbol font” and if you enable the option “Export Symbol text as glyphs“, you should get the symbols in PDF.


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