I am running into a problem with a pdf add I am trying to place in a booklet. When I go to export the Indesign document it tells me it cant because the pdf I placed in it has a font I don't have. I always thought you could place and print pdfs without having all the fonts. I thought it was only if you wanted to edit the pdf that you needed the font. Isn't that the point of a pdf? Does any one have a good solution for this? I am using Indesign cc 201 on a mac. The pdf is secure so I cant run any sort of preflight or flattening on it( at least as far as I know).
Apparently the fonts were not embedded in that PDF which would require you to have them locally.
Is the export really failing, or are you getting a missing font warning and cancelling? The ad may not look good, but you should still be able to export, I think.
But bottom line here is that you need to educate the folks who send in the ads so they always embed the fonts.