Find and Fix Missing Fonts in PDFs

One of the benefits of working with PDFs is that the fonts are part of the package so there aren’t any font issues, right? OK, I can hear you rolling your eyes from here. We all know that fonts are one of the biggest headaches when working with PDFs, mostly due to creators not properly including everything needed to process the PDF properly.

Luckily, the folks at Enfocus and Monotype have given us hope with the release of their PitStop Font Fix plug-in for Acrobat Standard and Acrobat Pro. This plug-in—which only costs a social media shout-out—identifies your PDF’s missing fonts and gives you options to embed them. After running the plug-in, you are presented with a report of missing fonts, sorted by those available on your system and those available for download.

Fixing the fonts can be accomplished with just a click, either by choosing to embed any fonts you have on your computer for free or to adding them via the Monotype Baseline cloud- and fee-based font service. This option clearly shows how many tokens (normally $1.49 USD per token) will be needed to embed all the necessary fonts in the PDF. The Font Fix plug-in embeds the fonts directly into the current PDF only, so you’ll need to save the file after downloading any fonts.

Posted on: August 22, 2014

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4, and served as leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. After living as a nomad for almost a year, she recently put down roots in El Paso, Texas, where she hikes and bikes every chance she gets. Check out to see all of Erica's upcoming events, tips and tricks, and workbooks.

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