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SOLUTION: Random character substitutions

Two days ago, I had problems creating PDFs, even though I seemed
to be doing everything right (see original problem below).

Thanks to Andreas Berghauer <Andreas.Berghauer@t-online.de>,
I found the solution:
For the Acrobat Distiller printer instance, I selected
Document Defaults > Document Options > PostScript Options and
changed TrueType Font Download Option from Automatic to Outline.
All fonts and characters are now coming out as expected!

There are a few odd things, though:
* Before, when I logged in as myself, both Type 1 and TrueType
  fonts came out unreadable. When I logged in as root, the
  Type 1 fonts came out fine. I can swear I used the same
  software installations and settings in both cases...
* My previous printer driver used for setting up the Acrobat
  Distiller printer instance (don't know which version), handled
  the download option Automatic perfectly fine. The latest Adobe
  printer driver doesn't, for some reason.
* Why would an option regarding TrueType fonts also affect Type 1
  fonts? (they *are* Type 1 fonts according to the PDF file)

Anyway, it works fine now!
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Thomas Michanek, FrameMaker/UNIX/MIF expert
mailto:Thomas.Michanek@telia.com   (Sweden)
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> I'm an experienced FM user and have rarely had any problems
> creating PDFs from my FM documents. Today, however, all PDFs
> I create become garbled with random character substitutions...
> In the body text, seemingly random letters become dots, squares
> and completely different characters, making the document unreadable.
> My specifics:
> Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5
> FrameMaker 5.5.6
> ATM is *not* installed
> Print to PS file using Acrobat Distiller printer
> Distilling PS file with Acrobat Distiller 3.02
> Distiller job options: Compressing text and line art,
>   Embed all fonts, Subset fonts below 35%
>   (changing these options have no effect)
> Viewing PDFs in Acrobat Reader 4.0
> FM documents use either TrueType or PostScript fonts, i.e.
> it doesn't matter what fonts the documents use.
> I've created PDF files using this same configuration without
> any problems in the past. Noone else has access to my machine.
> The only change is that I installed a new Acrobat Distiller
> printer instance using the latest Universal Installer 1.0.2
> (AdobePS 5.1.2) and the ADISTILL.PPD version 1.1.
> Before doing this, I deleted the former Acrobat Distiller printer
> instance, which I think was the one working OK...

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