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Powerpoinnt to .ai, font scrambled characters issue

Sep 20, 2013 11:59 AM

Mac OS 10.8.4

AI CS5 15.02

Powerpoint 2008 12.3.6


The client designed boards in powerpoint to be output 9ft tall. Trying to convert to illustrator to get vector type and will have to go with what we can for images. Unfortunately everything I try give me type that looks like this (unicode problem I guess)


Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 1.38.05 PM.png


Have tried these methods to convert to .ai.

  • copy in powerpoint >> paste in Illustrator
  • .ppt >> eps (postscript 2 & 3)
  • .ppt >> print to .ps
  • .ppt to .pdf >> .ai
  • ppt to .pdf >> open in acrobat >> reduce file size/saveas/ optimized >> .pdf >> .ai


the .pdf looks good in acrobat, once I open in illustrator characters are as per screenshot. They are using various weights of Calibri.


I can get the font outlined by

ppt to .pdf >> open in acrobat > save as .eps


but then can't make their type edits as they come in, unless I go back to powerpoint and start from square 1


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