9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2013 5:35 PM by PeterBreis0807
marysplacestudio Level 2 Level 2 (385 points)

I am publishing a book and have used about 15 fonts throughout. Is there a way to collect the fonts (ie. figure out which fonts I used) to send to the printer, as I forget what I've used?

 

Thanks.

  • 1. Re: How to collect fonts in Pages?
    marysplacestudio Level 2 Level 2 (385 points)

    Another way to put it: is there a way to list the fonts used in a document??

  • 2. Re: How to collect fonts in Pages?
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,645 points)

    Pages itself doesn't report on used fonts but Adobe Acrobat can report on those used in a pdf created from the Pages document.

     

    How did you intend giving the file to the printer? As a .pages file?

     

    Does the printer have Macs running OSX and Pages?

     

    Peter

     

    PS 15 fonts sounds excessive unless there is avery good reason for them.

  • 3. Re: How to collect fonts in Pages?
    marysplacestudio Level 2 Level 2 (385 points)

    Hi Peter,

     

    Thanks for your reply. The printer has asked for a PDF. However, in this format, I believe one has to send them the fonts as well (at least, the last printer required them). I'm assuming without the relevant fonts, the PDF file won't appear properly on their end. I'm not sure if they are using Pages.

     

    Actually, it's around 10 fonts throughout the layout for this specific book. The only way to find them is to go through the entire book, finding them. Not a very safe method to ensure the printer has everything they need.

     

    Adobe's products have had a "collect fonts" option for years.

  • 4. Re: How to collect fonts in Pages?
    marysplacestudio Level 2 Level 2 (385 points)

    What option is it in Adobe Acrobat that lists the fonts? I can't find it.

  • 5. Re: How to collect fonts in Pages?
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,645 points)

    Menu > File > Properties > Fonts

     

    The pdf will have all the necessary fonts embedded, the Printer may be taking a belts and braces approach.

     

    Adobe's products cost massively more than Pages and are aimed at Pros.

     

    I'd be very very careful about sending anything from Pages to commercial print for a number of reasons. Get the printer to verify the pdf in Acrobat Pro and do a test proof before committing to a long run.

     

    Peter

  • 6. Re: How to collect fonts in Pages?
    marysplacestudio Level 2 Level 2 (385 points)

    Got it, thanks Peter.

     

    I used Pages on my last book (I know, I know), and it actually worked great. There are some great automated and editing features in Pages that make it pretty handy for book writing. The book looks great and is selling good. However, we just changed printers, and I'm trying to remember what I did last time.

     

    Thanks for the advice!

  • 7. Re: How to collect fonts in Pages?
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,645 points)

    Some of the major issues with Pages to pdf work flow are problems with, bleeds, spreads, resolution, consistent formatting and 4 color screening of text and black linework.

     

    Would you like to elaborate on the automated and editing features that you like, for the benefit of other users here?

     

    Peter

  • 8. Re: How to collect fonts in Pages?
    marysplacestudio Level 2 Level 2 (385 points)

    Hm, we never had any of these issues, and we've published various products in all kinds of programs, from QuarkXpress to InDesign to Photoshop,  you name it.

     

    In terms of writing a novel, Pages was fabulous in working with styles. The page layout on the sidebar was very convenient in showing a real image of the actual page. Changes to the document by an editor could be easily tracked through the built-in tracking software. Even a change made in a Windows program with tracking was still readable by Pages. The automated Table of Contents was indespensable, especially when changes were made to the book that shifted everything. The page numbers automatically changed in the Table of Contents. The search feature was great for listing searches from the View tab in the toolbar. Made it much faster to create an index of terms, though I would like to see an automated index, similar to the Table of Contents. Building an index is a fairly long and brutal process.

     

    Why Pages provides such excellent tools, and then falls short on the ability to actually implement them in the real world is beyond me. However, our printer found a way, and the end product is stellar.

  • 9. Re: How to collect fonts in Pages?
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,645 points)

    You wouldn't have problems with the issues I raised in QXP, and InDesign but they exist (or are lacking) in Pages.

     

    That list of Pages' features is not unusual and is available in the Pro applications. Usually better implemented, which is why Apple itself uses Indesign for its own publications and not Pages.

     

    Peter