Konubinix' site

Open PDF Documents With Proprietary Fonts


1 Introduction

I recently had to open a document from an insurance company with ArialMT font
needed but not embedded in it.

2 Arial MT?

It appears that the arial mt fonts are part of Microsoft Office suite. I am in

3 And what is the problem?

The document was read with xpdf and evince. Helvetica was used instead of
Arial, making the € symbol appear with the ù symbol. That is not great when
printing the document to send it back to the company.

4 Correctly read the document

To get the fonts:

aptitude install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

Then xpdf and evince still use helvetica, I don’t know why. It appears to be
due to the fact they are CID fonts, yet I am no sure at all. Adobe reader, got
from adobe works well. Okular also manage to correctly display the document.

aptitude install okular

5 Embed the font in the pdf

Anticipating the need for reading the document with only access to evince, I
tried to embed the font in it. It managed to do it using okular: