2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 26, 2014 4:42 AM by unknowntobeknown

    Font obfuscation in InDesign




      I'm currently creating an ePub using InDesign CC. I have been using some licensed fonts that I purchased (Slimbach) in the ePub. However, when I export the ePub, I get a message which reads 'Font cannot be embedded' and the font changes to another font in the final output.


      I was of the opinion that InDesign had a font obfuscation feature that automatically kicked in when the ePub was exported and would have the font appear as is in the final output.


      Is there any step that I'm missing here that's stopping these fonts from appearing in the final output?


      Any assistance would be appreciated.


      Thanks in advance.

        • 1. Re: Font obfuscation in InDesign
          Yves Apel Level 3



          InDesign obfuscates the fonts it embeds into the document. But this is not a guarantee or an automatic permission that you are allowed by the the font creator to do so. Font files can have a flag integrated which denies Software such as InDesign or Illustrator to embed or package the font. This would have nothing to do with InDesign in this case but with the font creator. In addition, please note that font vendors/creators may have special license therms for ePub embedding (as obfuscated or not protected, depends). Looking at the Slimbach font, I have found this info: http://www.linotype.com/799/ITCSlimbach-family.html (see ePub drawer) as well as

          http://www.linotype.com/2061-33473/fontsoftwareforelectronicpublicationslicenseagreement.h tml


          If you own this ePub license of the font, I suppose there is something wrong with the font file itself, so InDesign could not embed it. It is an OpenType or TrueType, right? Type1 or Bitmap fonts can't be embedded.


          And also note: Obfuscated fonts do not work in Kindle documents. So if a vendor writes in his therms that you are only allowed to embed obfuscated fonts, you don't need to embed them for Kindle as it can't read when obfuscated and you are not allowed to embed when not obfuscated.

          • 2. Re: Font obfuscation in InDesign
            unknowntobeknown Level 1

            Thank you Apel! It appears I have purchased the desktop font. I'll be purchasing the ePub version and hopefully that will work.


            Thanks again for the information regarding Kindle, I'll also keep that in mind.