So I have a font I've used for headings. Its licenced, but wont allow embedding
Is there a way to select all instances of this font and convert them to outlines in one go, rather than going from page to page?
Technically, I think you are still violating the EULA if you go around it by outlining. If it's a large heading, you may not see the loss of quality that outlining does for body type, and I don't know whether the loss of quality would be a deal-breaker for you or your client, but that's not for me to say. Either way, if you can find fonts that aren't restricted, you won't need to be bothered.
You can use Find/Change to find any instances of the font, but unless you use a script, you may have to find then convert, find the next and convert, etc. I don't write scripts, so I can't say how tough that would be.
Technically, I think you are still violating the EULA if you go around it by outlining.
Surely not -- getho did say
Its licenced, but wont allow embedding
Contact the vendor. There is something wrong if you licensed a font but cannot use it anyway.
can anyone offer some actual help with the issue
The font is donationware, I've contacted the vendor, I've paid my money and he's overtly stated he does not distribute the full font - presumbly because he doesn't want peopl ripping him of. Whatever the reason it would be great to know if I can select all the instances and convert to outlines.
I don't want to nitpick, but couldn't a license allow use of a font for direct printing while still restricting embedding? I'm not saying that's what the OP has or doesn't have, but without knowing, I don't think my assumption was all that implausable.
As far as actual help goes, my suggestion will work, so that's something. You could also try asking over at the InDesign Scripting forum.
Just out of curiosity, did the font vendor supply an EULA with the font? Seems pretty likely, given the "help" you received. If so, did you read it to see what is allowed?
There are many, many fonts that don't allow embedding in PDF. Some are common fonts that nearly everyone has anyway so there's little potential problem, but others are esoteric and as everyone has already said, in those cases it best simply to "find another font" that isn't restricted.
its going to print as we speak, I'm not going to find an alternative font. I dont understand why people are suggesting this. Its a title font. One or 2 words a page. The font author appears to be a biker tattoo artist graphic designer , he simply stipulated to make a donation to use the font commercially, and overtly said that because people have been stealing the font was not going to release a full version to anyone. The character set is totally limited. It suits what I'm doing, has a lot of character. And is probably typographically nightmarish - certain letters don't work together, the kerning is scruffy etc etc - as I said it has a lot of character