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  • The Great Missing Font Mystery

    May 13th, 2006 by Russell Viers

    Have you ever opened you InDesign document only to have it scream at that your missing fonts?
    Who needs ‘em? Just print it, anyway, you’re thinking?
    Ahh if it were only that easy.
    No, you have to find ‘em, one way or another. But what if the missing font isn’t really there? What if it’s on the list but InDesign won’t show you where it is or won’t let you swap it with something else…now that’s wierd.
    One trick I like to do first is the ol’ InDesign Interchange Format.
    I received a file from a reader just this week with Times Bold Condensed showing up for no reason. Sure enough, it didn’t exist in the doc. After running it through the inx format…good as new.
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    Or what about when you copy and paste from another document, or drag from the library and all of a sudden…when the fonts were fine…they’re not fine anymore? Now that’s just crazy.
    We’ve created a little video to show you one common reason for The Great Missing Font Mystery.
    Click Here to Watch the Video
    If you have other examples of missing font issues, be sure to let us know…we’ll add them here.

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