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  1. Thanks. They're the ones called out in the Font Manager, which flags fonts that contain them as having unsupported characters. After some experimentation, I found that the Font Manager's "locate" function can find them, so that they can be replaced and that is what I did.
  2. "Locate" in the font manager will find them; the regular find command doesn't.
  3. (Second, hopefully more clueful version.) Continuing in my "put out a new PDF version of this big thick book" project, I have gotten the fonts all licensed and cleaned up, found and fixed out-of-date links, and I'm about ready to make a releasable PDF of this thing. So. I want to create a PDF outline for the document. Apparently, there is some support for this with automatically generated tables of contents, but the book already has a table of contents, and it would be a huge amount of work to recreate it. Is there any way I can manually generate an outline?
  4. (This turns out to have been rather clueless. I can't find a way to delete it, so I'm going to leave it here. I'll be working up a new version that will hopefully draw more useful feedback.) Continuing in my "put out a new PDF version of this big thick book" project, I have gotten the fonts all licensed and cleaned up, found and fixed out-of-date links, and I'm about ready to make a PDF of this thing. So. I want to create a PDF table of contents. It appears that this is something that Publisher doesn't currently do. (I am not complaining. Publisher made this whole project possible.) What tools can I use to do this? Can I do this with PDF-XChange Editor? PDFtk? PDF Expert? Or do I need to lease Acrobat Pro DC? (Really don't want to do that.)
  5. It's not a big deal, I know what the numbers are supposed to be, but it is kinda clunky. Nothing I have found resizes that pane; I can never see the second page number.
  6. Followup: the macOS "preview" app, which is among other things a PDF viewer, will correctly read and export the mathematics in my document, and Publisher imports the resulting document without fuss. Unfortunately, its export leaves me with the pages all 8½ × 11 inches in size, and these would have to be cut down in Publisher. So I'm doing individual pages when I need to. So with this, and the information in my previous comments, my problem is solved. Thank you all for the advice and encouragement.
  7. When importing PDF files with significant mathematical content, turn off "Favor editable text over fidelity" and "Group lines of text into text frames." This much reduces your chances of getting scrambled mathematics. You can then assemble the text into editable regions manually. If you have a document that contains both extensive text you need to edit as well as extensive mathematics, consider doing both imports, and then moving pages from the less scrambled one into the one with editable text. Another useful technique if you are a Mac user: the macOS "preview" app, which is among other things a PDF viewer, correctly read and export the mathematics in my document, and Publisher imported the resulting document without fuss. Unfortunately, preview's export left me with the pages all 8½ × 11 inches in size, and these had to be cut down in Publisher. So I'm doing individual pages when I need to.
  8. The "locate" function of the font manager will select unsupported characters, which may then be replaced. Unsupported characters may not be what you expect, they may look normal, but the font manager will find them for you.
  9. I have worked out some answers. I'm going to give them here, and in separate posts. I would like to see these incorporated in the FAQ. The "locate" function of the font manager will locate unsupported characters, which may then be replaced. Unsupported characters may not be what you expect, they may look normal, but the font manager will find them for you. When importing PDF files with significant mathematical content, turn off "Favor editable text over fidelity" and "Group lines of text into text frames." This much reduces your chances of getting scrambled mathematics. If you have a document that contains extensive text you need to edit as well as mathematics, consider doing both imports, and then moving pages from the less scrambled one into the one with editable text. Also, when importing mathematics, it sometimes helps to import single pages by themselves. I am not sure why. It may be an obscurity in the PDF conversion process, or an actual bug.
  10. The original equations were probably set with eqn and troff, though I'm not sure which versions of those decades-old programs were used. The equations are mostly set in a combination of Times and Symbol. I am hoping to substitute Garamond for Times to save on fonts, but we'll see. Right now I am just clearing up the problems with Symbol. As you say, resetting the whole document would be a lot of work! The PDF import tends to scatter the mathematics through multiple text frames. One thing that would help would be operations that allowed one to combine and split text frames, but I have yet to find them. Have I missed them?
  11. Joachim L: I think so. Thanks for looking into it. v_kyr: The book's mathematics is set in a mix of Times and Symbol; the book's text is set in Adobe Garamond Pro. I am hoping to replace Times with Garamond, but I am not sure I can and wonder if I even ought to try; even with modern tools mathematical typesetting has many pitfalls. The Symbol font is 35 years old, long predating Unicode. It has its own character encoding. Apple has its own Symbol font which uses a slightly different encoding. So, confusion for the developers of a layout program which came along much later.
  12. Sure, here's the whole page with that equation I dragged out of the document with Preview (I am using a Mac.) However, the page by itself looks correct when I open it in Affinity Publisher. I wonder what goes wrong when I import the whole book. I suspect that part of the problem is how very old the original file is; it probably dates from the early 2000s. RwR, p495.pdf
  13. In fact it seems these can be copied and located with "find," so I now have a tedious but plausible way of dealing with them. I would much prefer not converting the whole thing to curves - the book is 700 pages long! Affinity? I think this may be a bug, or at least an obscure feature.
  14. I'm working with an old PDF file which has a lot of mathematics in it, and I'm running into problems with the symbol font. For instance, the following equation: Is being imported as: As you can see, most of it comes through properly but for some reason the the parentheses in the Symbol font do not. (The other parentheses are in Times, and they're fine.) Is there a fix for this other than manual correction of each formula? At least a way to search for these unsupported characters?
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