Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2011 7:56 PM (in response to awarrumbungle)have you installed all the optional system fonts?xserve, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2011 8:01 PM (in response to TeenTitan)how do I do that?Mac Book, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2011 8:04 PM (in response to awarrumbungle)
however the writing is all coloured blocks, and completely useless. Why does this happen?
Perhaps the person creating the pdfs botched the font embedding.
In any case, try using Adobe Reader instead of Preview and see if that works. Preview is not a perfect clone for the original.iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2011 8:16 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)Yep cheers - Adobe Reader works - pity Apple can't get Preview to work though....Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 21, 2011 5:36 AM (in response to awarrumbungle)
pity Apple can't get Preview to work though….
It works just fine for countless things. But it's not realistic to expect Apple stuff to be perfect replacements for MS and Adobe products in all circumstances.iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 1:00 PM (in response to awarrumbungle)
There are numerous reports of this on this (and other) boards. I did some sleuthing when we had this issue occur as part of a work project. Looks like something is broken with font-linking, which is apparently a relatively newer "feature" of the PDF format. The way we have fixed it (we hope), is to have things save in the PDF/A format, which is an archival subformat of PDF that doesn't use icky things that cause this problem. Looks the same as PDF and opens seamlessly. On Windows MS Word 2007, you use PDF/A by doing "Save As", selecting PDF, then clicking "Options". The last check box mentions "ISO something-or-another PDF/A". Check that, and they seem to work.
Of course, this helps if you or your organization are the creators of the PDFs in question. If you're an end-user and they aren't willing/able to address the issue, your workaround would be to use Adobe Reader to open it. Slower and annoying, but at least you can read it.
Hope this helps...