Ch. 007. Template Assets - Fonts

Part of creating your template requires that you upload the fonts that will be needed. eDocBuilder provides several base fonts (listed below), but all other fonts purchased for your template will need to be uploaded so they can be viewed and embedded in your final production PDF. You can manage fonts that should be accessible to many templates in the Font Library tab. To set fonts options for a specific template, expand the Fonts section of a template's Assets page.

About Fonts

Allowable font formats include Open Type (.otf), True Type (.ttf), or Type 1 fonts. For Type 1 fonts, both the .PFB and .PFM file must be uploaded together. (Do not upload the AFM file, if present.)

At this time, all fonts must be in a Windows file format. Mac fonts (and other unsupported font types) will have to be converted to the Windows version of one of the file types listed above, using one of the many inexpensive conversion utilities available.

Uploading Fonts

You can upload multiple font files at once by either clicking Select and choosing your font file(s) from your computer. Please remember that font files uploaded in this area will not be available for use by other templates; if you'll need the font in more than one template, you should upload it to the Font Library page.

After your fonts have been uploaded, they will appear in the list of uploaded fonts. To delete a font you have uploaded to the template, place a checkmark in the box next to the font and click "Delete Selected Files." To easily select all uploaded fonts, click "Check All;" to cancel this, check "Uncheck All."

Advanced Options for uploaded fonts

If you need more control on how the fonts are used in the final PDF, click the checkbox for "Show advanced options". With this option you can select for each uploaded font whether you would like to Encode with Unicode or Latin, and whether you would like to embed the full or just the subset needed for the template. Choosing Unicode or Latin for the Encoding option is really dependent on how the font being used is created. Basically, old font versus newer font.

Tip: If the production PDF is displaying the fonts incorrectly, try changing the encode to Latin from Unicode. The Embedding option can be set to Embed Full if you are seeing any individual character dropouts on the production PDF.

Using Japanese, Simple and Traditional Chinese and Korean Fonts:

For embedding foreign character sets we would generally suggest using Unicode rather than one of the specific languages. Sometimes there can be issues with particular fonts, but it's probably the most mainstream modern approach and least likely to result in issues.

Font Library

In this section, you will see a list of all the fonts that are currently present in the Font Library tab of your eDocBuilder account.

To enable one or more of the library fonts in a template, place a check mark in the box next to the font. Check the box next to "Include all library fonts (including future additions)" if you would like to enable all of the fonts that are--or will be--uploaded to the Font Library tab in this template.

Base Fonts

eDocBuilder contains several base fonts that do not need to be uploaded to your account for use in templates: Tinos (regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic), Arimo (regular, bold, oblique, and bold-oblique), Cousine (regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic). If there are some base fonts that you do want accessible in this template, uncheck the box next to the font(s) in the Base Fonts area.

Important: After making any changes in the Fonts section of the Template Assets page, click "Save font options."

Common Q&A's for using fonts in eDocBuilder

  1. How are fonts embedded?
  2. Can I use an atlernate glyph rather than the default glyph for a font I've uploaded to my template?

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