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From Eric Douglas <edoug...@blockhouse.com>
Subject Re: pdfbox warnings
Date Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:16:20 GMT
Adobe provides the AFM...
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/font.html
http://wwwimages.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/font/pdfs/Core14_AFMs.zip

Their 14 fonts are supposed to always work on every device.
http://www.verypdf.com/document/pdf-format-reference/pg_0416.htm

On Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 12:49 PM, Peter Murray-Rust <pm286@cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> [Please correct me if I'm wrong...]
>
> ZapfDingbats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapf_Dingbats ) is a
> copyrighted
> font. Therefore it breaks copyright to copy it without permission. Since
> PDFBox is Open (has a distribution compatible with the Open Definition (
> http://opendefinition.org/ ) which allows anyone to copy, modify and
> re-use
> it), it cannot include materials which have restrictive licences (and may
> require purchase).
>
> PDFBox relies on the target OS distribution to include some of the 14
> fonts. Since Windows doesn't have ZapfDingbats it is missing by default and
> PDFBox cannot rectify this.
>
> This will also mean that anyone who has separately licensed ZapfDingbats
> (or an equivalent with a restrictive licence) cannot include them in
> derivative works of PDFBox.
>
> The problem would appear to arise from the PDF standard requiring a
> copyrighted font.
>
> P.
>
>
> P.
>
>
> On Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 5:31 PM, John Hewson <john@jahewson.com> wrote:
>
> >
> > > On 6 Apr 2015, at 08:59, Eric Douglas <edouglas@blockhouse.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > ZapfDingbats should be there, shouldn't have to substitute, as you
> > > mentioned.
> >
> > No, these are not the same issues. PDFBox should always be able to
> provide
> > ZapfDingbats but that font doesn't ship with Windows, so we need to
> > substitute it for Windings on that platform. On the Mac this isn't a
> > problem.
> >
> > > https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PDFBOX-1900
> > > John Hewson
> > > <https://issues.apache.org/jira/secure/ViewProfile.jspa?name=jahewson>
> > added
> > > a comment - 11/Feb/14 00:55
> > >
> > > This is a PDFBox bug. Zapf Dingbats is one of the standard 14 fonts
> that
> > > should always work without being embedded.
> > > ‚Äč
> > > As mentioned on that bug report, I had actually created this PDF using
> > > iText, which doesn't appear to give any way to embed the font.
> > > I got a rendering problem on pdfbox trying to read this PDF back in,
> > > because this font is not embedded or installed, though Adobe renders it
> > > just fine.
> > > This will likely come up again someday, though I worked around this for
> > > now, since as I mentioned this is a PDF I'm creating.  I changed this
> > > instance to render to the Graphics using the original object I created
> it
> > > from instead of reading the PDF after it's created.
> > >
> > > I will test that ExternalFonts.addSubstitute when I get time, as
> another
> > > workaround.
> >
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>
>
> --
> Peter Murray-Rust
> Reader in Molecular Informatics
> Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
> University of Cambridge
> CB2 1EW, UK
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>

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