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Old 03-24-2011, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Caution urged with OS X 10.6.7 update

Just to let you know that there have been lots of problems with the OS X 10.6.7 update, relating to fonts, PostScript and PDFs.

Many people are reporting issues with printing text, PostScript not Distilling and causing errors, and PDFs un-embedding fonts after manipulation.

I have had several issues, all of which have been fixed by downgrading to 10.6.6.

I would recommend that you test this update in a ... test environment before installing on production machines.

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Old 03-24-2011, 07:52 AM   #2
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Just to let you know that there have been lots of problems with the OS X 10.6.7 update, relating to fonts, PostScript and PDFs.

Many people are reporting issues with printing text, PostScript not Distilling and causing errors, and PDFs un-embedding fonts after manipulation.

I have had several issues, all of which have been fixed by downgrading to 10.6.6.
Thanks for the alert.

Fortunately, I decided not to try to update this machine in its frail state, or I would have been in the soup.

   
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Anything more specific about circumstances that cause problems? Links to discussions, maybe?

Since I did the upgrade, I've completed a couple of rounds on a project that I lay out in InDesign and deliver as PDF. No problems so far.

   
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:05 AM   #4
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The problem seems to affect Apple's output of OpenType fonts. Particularly Myriad Pro, though that may just be a popular font. I've had issues with several Linotype originals.

Output with OT fonts causes errors parsing the PostScript, either by a laser printer or Distiller. PDFs made directly through the OS will appear fine in Preview, but show an error in Acrobat or other viewer, relating to trouble with the embedded subset of the font.

InDesign's PS output is unaffected, as it doesn't use Apple's own routines. But many other third-party apps and some Apple ones are affected.

There are lots of people complaining on the Apple Discussion pages. Also lots of naysayers, though -- usually from people who haven't got OT fonts or tested it properly.

Journalists from MacUser UK have confirmed the problem.

Canon print drivers also seem to have all gone up the swanny.
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Thanks for the added detail.

Fingers crossed. My PDFs are almost all created by InDesign, occasionally by Photoshop or Illustrator. But I have a SuperDuper copy of the system disk from before the upgrade, just in case ...

   
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Oops! I ran into it -- with Myriad Pro in output from FileMaker Pro.

Seen anything that indicates a fix is on Apple's to-do list?

   
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The problem seems to affect Apple's output of OpenType fonts. Particularly Myriad Pro, though that may just be a popular font. I've had issues with several Linotype originals.
Thanks. I use Myriad Pro in a client magazine, so that's enough to put me off upgrading.

   
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The problem seems to affect Apple's output of OpenType fonts. Particularly Myriad Pro, though that may just be a popular font. I've had issues with several Linotype originals.

Output with OT fonts causes errors parsing the PostScript, either by a laser printer or Distiller. PDFs made directly through the OS will appear fine in Preview, but show an error in Acrobat or other viewer, relating to trouble with the embedded subset of the font.

InDesign's PS output is unaffected, as it doesn't use Apple's own routines. But many other third-party apps and some Apple ones are affected.

There are lots of people complaining on the Apple Discussion pages. Also lots of naysayers, though -- usually from people who haven't got OT fonts or tested it properly.

Journalists from MacUser UK have confirmed the problem.

Canon print drivers also seem to have all gone up the swanny.
Glad it's nothing serious, then!

   
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Got an update last night that seems to have resolved the problem -- at least in my case, printing Myriad Pro from FileMaker.

   
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:41 PM   #10
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What's the update? Software Update keeps inviting me to download 10.6.7 and I keep telling it to buzz off, until I get some positive indication that this font business has been fixed, but they don't mention it at all.

   
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