5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 5, 2012 10:04 AM by Steve Werner

    While using Option+8 Bullets in Indesign will create "Composite Type Font" while Exporting pdf

    pmg~

      While inserting/using Option+8 Bullets in Indesign document versions CS5,CS5.5,CS6 it will create "Composite Type Font" while exporting to pdf. We sure that no composite type fonts have used in Indesign document. Can anyone please look into this and give any suggestion why the font types are getting changed while using Option+8 bullets in InDesign documents.

       

       

      NOTE: For your kind information This problem were occurring in InDesign CS4 version 6.0 also. But it was resolved in updated version of InDesign CS4 version 6.0.6.

       

      Thanks in Advance for your help/support.

        • 1. Re: While using Option+8 Bullets in Indesign will create "Composite Type Font" while Exporting pdf
          Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

          What do you mean by a "Composite Type Font"? For instance, do you see these words somewhere in Acrobat - where?

          Why is it a problem?

          • 2. Re: While using Option+8 Bullets in Indesign will create "Composite Type Font" while Exporting pdf
            [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

            No need to repeat your question in a larger font, we got you the first time.

             

            Please make clear why you consider this a problem.

             

            Are you, for instance, using a PDF check such as PitStop? (Which flags "CID" fonts as a possible proble, but without any doucmentation of why they consider it so.)

            • 3. Re: While using Option+8 Bullets in Indesign will create "Composite Type Font" while Exporting pdf
              pmg~ Level 1

              Thanks for your suggestion.

               

              Generally using CID fonts in the PDF is not an error. We are not having any problem in using CID fonts.

               

              However, one of our client wants the PDF to use only Type 1 or OTF fonts.

              They are requesting us to change the usablitlity of CID font.

               

              PitStop can help us to change this CID font to Type1 font in PDF file.

              However, please suggest whether InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6 can arrest this instance while exporting the document as PDF.

               

              Note: Initially InDesign CS4 6.0 version has this same CID font usage in PDF, but the updates from InDesign CS4 6.0.6 version  solved this instances and now CID font is not embedded while PDF export.

               

              Thanks in advance for your support.

              • 4. Re: While using Option+8 Bullets in Indesign will create "Composite Type Font" while Exporting pdf
                pmg~ Level 1

                Thanks for your suggestion.

                 

                Generally using CID fonts in the PDF is not an error. We are not having any problem in using CID fonts.

                 

                However, one of our client wants the PDF to use only Type 1 or OTF fonts.

                They are requesting us to change the usablitlity of CID font.

                 

                PitStop can help us to change this CID font to Type1 font in PDF file.

                However, please suggest whether InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6 can arrest this instance while exporting the document as PDF.

                 

                Note: Initially InDesign CS4 6.0 version has this same CID font usage in PDF, but the updates from InDesign CS4 6.0.6 version  solved this instances and now CID font is not embedded while PDF export.

                 

                Thanks in advance for your support.

                • 5. Re: While using Option+8 Bullets in Indesign will create "Composite Type Font" while Exporting pdf
                  Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Dov Isaacs, Adobe Principal Scientist, and maybe the most knowledgeable person about this at Adobe wrote this in 2008:

                   

                  "(1) InDesign 4 (=CS2) attempted to avoid CID encoding as much as reasonably possible, but there were no changes in this for InDesign 5.

                  (2) Use of the Distiller to produce PDF either from InDesign or any other application does NOT guarantee that you won’t get CID encoding. In fact, the Distiller uses CID encoding for optimization its conversion of PostScript to PDF.

                  (3) CID encoding has been an integral part of both the PostScript specification since 1996 (although it is supported by most PostScript Level 2 devices) and the PDF specification since PDF 1.3 (Acrobat 4 – 1999). In reality, if a print service provider (or a content creator) is using software that is NOT CID-encoding compatible, it is saying that software is being used that is also most likely incompatible with ICC color management, transparency, layers, and JPEG2000 image compression. This is a recipe for disaster for print customers. If your print service provider has problems with CID encoding, you should seriously question whether your print service provider is competent to handle your 21st century print needs with 20th century workflows and tools!"

                  For reference, see this InDesignSecrets.com posting in 2008:

                  http://indesignsecrets.com/cid-identity-h-fonts-are-back.php

                  Dov's opinion is written in the comments.