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** Reply to message from r_ouellette <> on Mon, 10
Feb 2014 12:10:19 -0800 (PST)


Thanks for the tip. I'm assuming that you are referring to the PDF/A-1a
format regarding the fonts being included in the PDF. The only one that makes
a real difference in appearance is Courier New is much lighter than Courier.
The other two are virtually identical, at least at 12pt so for most work
those substitutions would work fine.


I create pdf files since 1997 and I tried almost every possible way to do so
(Linux or Windows softwares). LO does one of the best job!

If you want really small and efficient pdf, do the following :

Menu > Tools > Options > Fonts

and add these 3 substitutions (even if you don't have these fonts installed
on your PC):

Arial > Helvetica
Courier New > Courier
Times > Times New Roman

and check « Allways » in front of each substitution.

This way you will use the always included 35 Type1 Adobe fonts that every
pdf reader provides and uses. True, Times is not Times New Roman but closely
related. You can do, of course, the same substitutions with the equivalent
Liberation fonts too, so Liberation Sans > Helvetica... etc. The Type1 fonts
to use are Helvetica, Courier and Times.

Try to create a pdf with these substitutions on and with substitutions off,
you'll be surprised how small your pdf can be when the ttf fonts are not
embeded. Don't forget that the substitutions are not possible if you embed
the ODF document in the pdf (hybrid pdf) because all fonts are then

This is another option that should appear by default, with the « always »
choice unchecked but visible to give the user a real choice.


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