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I have a PDF from someone else that uses type 3 fonts and so is almost unreadable on screen (example: http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~goguen/pps/tcs97.pdf ). If I run pdf2ps on it and open the PS in evince, the fonts look fine however.

Example before/after:

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Since there's evidently a way to make the document render properly, is there a way I can convert it back to PDF and preserve the good-looking fonts? ps2pdf produces output that looks just like the original input.

I have a feeling this should be such a standard task (given how often I see type-3 font PDFs) that there should be an easy way to do this. Some ghostscript options perhaps?

My system is ubuntu 12.04/precise and I can install any package or download free software that may help; I've already got a full TeX, ghostscript and pdftk installation if that helps.

  • Was your original link supposed to be an example of font that looks bad? When I view it in Firefox Adobe Reader plug-in, it looks like your second image. – Devon Parsons Apr 10 '14 at 10:30
  • I can confirm that the firefox plugin somehow renders the original well too - but the linux stack of PDF tools (evince/poppler) makes it look like the first example. – Bristol Apr 10 '14 at 10:53
  • Someone where I work suggested using mupdf (uses its own renderer). With this, the pages look fine. Question solved (for me). – Bristol Apr 11 '14 at 11:05
  • Reported here: bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=107346 – Ben Browitt Aug 1 '18 at 14:49

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