Topic: Formmagic 2.0.2 - pc and mac font embedding
I am working on project for a client in our state education department.
I have a group of workbooks set up in InDesign, with many activity sheets for the teacher to print out from the final exported PDF.
For a lot of the worksheets I have form fields added to the page so the teacher can add in text tailored to their classes if they wish, before printing the PDF pages.
Ideally I would like the font, alignment and size of the text to match the other worksheets.
Formmagic sounded perfect to help me do this.
I've set up my font preferences for all the text fields in InDesign through the 'Forms and Buttons' panel, including the font which is a specific one used by the department for all their workbooks (note: not a system font). I was hoping to be able to embed that font in the final PDF, so it would be useable by the teacher regardless of their platform.
It all works fine for me when I test the PDF but when the client tries to use the file, only dots appear for the characters they type in the form field - as if they don't have the font loaded. (The alignment and text size seemed to be working fine though)
I assumed the font would be imbedded with the file with Formmagic but it doesn't look like I've done it correctly.
Is this possible? or do I need to use only web safe fonts?
Or perhaps it's possible to set a font default chain? like in a CSS style? eg. Helvetica > Arial > Sans serif.
Alternatively, a plan B would be to have the text field's font editable by the teacher, - so they can type in the text (say as default Helvetica) and then change the font manually to the correct one. But I don't know if this is possible either.
Please find attached a few pages of the exported PDF, showing some of the more simple form layouts.
The PDF also includes a link to the font I'm trying to embed - see text on page 182.
Thank you for your time. I appreciate any suggestions. Please let me know if you need more information