Question about Adobe Illustrator and asian languages

Mister Wolf

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Question about Adobe Illustrator. We often draw different maps of Asia cities, which use complex fonts.
My Illustrator is set up to supporting east languages, including hieroglyphs.
But after editing and saving, then opening, some fonts are converted to curves. Without dependency of Adobe Illustrator version.
How can I fix this problem?
Not only the east language group presents this problem. Sometimes it appears with polish, spanish and portuguese language. Some ideas?
 

Dov Isaacs

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Exactly what are you saving the Illustrator file as?

I can imagine scenarios by which you save a copy of the Illustrator document as a PDF/X-1a file and then try to open that in Illustrator. Unless you save an Illustrator document as a PDF file with the enable editability option set, reopening the PDF file in Illustrator is at best a crap shoot. Illustrator is not a general purpose PDF file editor and minus the “private data” inserted in a PDF file created with the enable editability option set, all sorts of corruption can occur including conversion of text to outlines.

- Dov
 

Dov Isaacs

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For example - vector map of Osaka, Japan: https://vectormap.info/product/pdf-...-parts-city-plan-map-full-editable-adobe-pdf/
That`s why we put "No correct street names" in the description, you know...

OK, thanks for the pointer. If you have saved the file as PDF without the Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities option selected, see below, the PDF is absolutely not an editable PDF file. Opening it is Illustrator or CorelDRAW (as advertised on that web page) and if you don't have the fonts used in the original Illustrator file installed on the system opening the file, all you will have is nothing but heartaches and tzuris!

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Note that this Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities option is grayed out for any PDF/X standard (PDF/X-1a or PDF/X-4 for example) that is appropriate for true, high quality professional printing.

If you really want / need to offer a product that is printable as PDF and also editable, you should include both a PDF/X-4 file(s) for printing and viewing as well as the original Adobe Illustrator .AI file(s) for editing and placing. You should also provide documentation as to what fonts would be need to be installed by the user if they want/need to successfully edit the file in Adobe Illustrator to avoid font substitution.

- Dov
 

Mister Wolf

New member
Thank you very much!!! We will try this recommendations! Thanks again!


OK, thanks for the pointer. If you have saved the file as PDF without the Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities option selected, see below, the PDF is absolutely not an editable PDF file. Opening it is Illustrator or CorelDRAW (as advertised on that web page) and if you don't have the fonts used in the original Illustrator file installed on the system opening the file, all you will have is nothing but heartaches and tzuris!



Note that this Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities option is grayed out for any PDF/X standard (PDF/X-1a or PDF/X-4 for example) that is appropriate for true, high quality professional printing.

If you really want / need to offer a product that is printable as PDF and also editable, you should include both a PDF/X-4 file(s) for printing and viewing as well as the original Adobe Illustrator .AI file(s) for editing and placing. You should also provide documentation as to what fonts would be need to be installed by the user if they want/need to successfully edit the file in Adobe Illustrator to avoid font substitution.

- Dov
 

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