Finding Non-Embeddable Fonts

Written by Jeff Harrison
July 6, 2010

I’d stumbled across something interesting when testing the fontcat macro.

The macro was run, and all my installed fonts were in one CorelDRAW document as a font samples (I have 389 fonts installed at the moment.)

As I went to publish to PDF, I was presented list of fonts that didn’t have embed rights into PDF’s.

While I understand a font author’s point of view to protect their work, I’m not sure how easy it is to extract a font from a PDF anyway…

If a designer is working on a 20 page text-heavy document and can’t generate a PDF without converting to curves, the designer would prefer to know this in advance so that they can choose another font during the design process.

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  1. Foster D. Coburn III


    A number of the fonts shown in your screen shot are from ancient versions of CorelDRAW. Those fonts do not have the "do not embed" flag set. The problem is that they don't have the flag at all. I'm not sure where the blame lies, but Corel did change how fonts without the embed flag were handled starting with CorelDRAW X4. Prior to that, they were allowed. Starting with X4, they were treated as if the embed flag was set to disallow.

  2. Jeff Harrison

    "Starting with X4, they were treated as if the embed flag was set to disallow."

    Thanks Foster, this doesn't seem right to me. I'll bring it up with the Corel folks. IMO fonts should be able to be embedded unless there's a flag not to.


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Jeff Harrison is a media "Jack-of-all-trades", familiar with most of the major media applications on the Windows platform. Whether it's 2D/print, 3D, audio, video, or web-related - he's working on mastering everything that comes his way. He's a past Alpha and Beta tester for Corel, and has instructed students from all over the world. He runs the popular site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at

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