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1432222 - How to not embed fonts when exporting to PDF format from Crystal Reports?

Symptom

  • PDF document file size is larger due to the fonts being embedded in the PDF document.
  • How to not embed fonts when exporting a report to PDF format from Crystal Reports?

Environment

  • SAP Crystal Reports 2008
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2011
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2013
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2016

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Open a report in Crystal Reports.   
  2. Export the report to PDF format.        
  3. Open the report in Adbobe PDF Reader, and notice all the fonts used in the report have been embedded in the PDF document.

Cause

  • When exporting a report to PDF format, to ensure that a PDF file is truly portable, fonts used in the report are embedded in the PDF file.

Resolution

  • There is no option to selectively remove fonts from being embedded when exporting to PDF format from Crystal Reports, because a PDF document to be truly portable requires the fonts to be embeded, in order for the document looks the same way regarless of the environment in which it is open.
         
  • Note: Some fonts will not be embeded in a document if the font developers does not allow it to be embeded, and therefore the font will be substitute by another font.

Keywords

Export, PDF, embedding fonts, Crystal Reports, CR , KBA , BI-RA-CR , Crystal Reports designer or Business View Manager , Product Enhancement

Product

Crystal Reports 2008 V1 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2011 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2013 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2016