does a PDF file always show correctly on different PC?

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  1. kenny1999

    kenny1999 Notebook Consultant

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    does a PDF file always show correctly on different PC, platforms or with different PDF readers?

    Could it shift lines..columns or rows on a different versions of PDF applications or OS platforms?

    I know image files will always show correctly everywhere in the world. It makes sense.

    How about PDF
     
  2. Mr.Koala

    Mr.Koala Notebook Virtuoso

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    It should not. The PDF format does not do client-side line breaks in normal text boxes. Newlines are hard-coded.

    However, if the font is missing/wrong you could get wrong offsets along the text-flow direction (usually left-to-right).
     
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    StormJumper Notebook Virtuoso

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    What software are you using to read/open the PDF? And where did you get the pdf from and was that a actual pdf or created pdf and or what software created the pdf. So til we know more details giving help on here and there pdf problem isn't going to solve the problem.
     
  4. tijo

    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    Some files may require certain fonts for say equations, etc. for things to display entirely 100% as the original version. I ran into some equation issues, but that's about it and I see a fair bit of .pdfs.
     
  5. kenny1999

    kenny1999 Notebook Consultant

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    No. It's that I create the PDF file and send out the PDF files and I need to make sure the people who read my PDF file read correctly on their platforms, devices and PDF readers no matter what their computers and software they are using to execute my PDF file, which is something I cannot predict.

    I only type English letter (a-z) and alphabet number (0-9), If they don't have the right fonts style, will they still display the English letter correct??

    I use WPS Writer to create my text and then export it to PDF
     
  6. Jarhead

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    If you’re creating PDF files and are worried about compatibility issues, simply avoid using fonts which are non-standard and instead use fonts which are found on pretty much all common computing systems. Times New Roman is rather common, for example.
     
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  7. Mr.Koala

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    Or embed the fonts.

    The current PDF spec actually demands all fonts to be embedded.


    Common fonts with the same name can vary somewhat from system to system.
     
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    tomfu Newbie

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    I have 3 pcs, 2 are Windows 10 PC, one is Windows XP, and all are same when open a PDF file.
     
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