Apple Preview is not the best way to view PDFs
What's the form look like in Acrobat Viewer?
A screenshot would be helpful.
Derek, So much appreciate your input. I have attached a screen cap of Preview, where test is up to the left, and Acrobat, where text is good, though I don't like the colored boxes. I agree that Preview is not ideal, but so many Mac users are going to use it because it is just there, and is the default. The form I am working on might be used by, literally, millions of people!
You can fine tune fonts (but use system fonts), their colour and position, and more in Acrobat Pro after you have exported the form from InDesign. Don't forget to reader enable it also so that the end users can store they data on their forms.
If millions of users are expected you better check this discussion first: http://boblevine.us/its-okay-to-say-no-to-interactive-pdf/
Your complaint should be to Apple for not enhancing Preview's PDF capabilities to meet the specification.
What you should do it place a prominent message that to view the form properly, it's highly recommended they download the free Adobe Reader, and provide a link to let them do so.
Yeah, that's probly what I will do: highly recommend using Acrobat, not Preview. Thing is, it is not highly interactive, just fillable, and it really works fine in Preview but looks scruffy. I hate scruffy.