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The same PDF import bug as in v.1


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Here is a PDF file (original.pdf) that was imported in v.2 of Publisher and produced the same errors as in v.1 (marked with magenta in original in Publisher v.2.pdf).

Original in Publisher v.2.pdf Original.pdf

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What formatting is applied to those mangled text strings in InDesign? Is the formatting any different from the rest of the text?

If I open the original PDF in Preview and copy HAL ELROD'S to the clipboard and then paste it into the Find dialog, or it another Apple app like Pages, it will be mangled.

If I convert the H in HAL to Unicode in Publisher, I'll see that it's actually U+10FC00 which is a PUA character, so it's not surprising that Apple and Serif can't deal with it.

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It appears the ToUnicode table is corrupt for Montserrat Medium and its corresponding italic. But, it also appears all characters are in the proper Unicode slots.

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It's possible those Montserrat fonts themselves are corrupt or otherwise mangled. Might be worthwhile to find the newest versions of that family, remove the current ones, then install the updated ones (assuming there are updated ones). If the ones in use are the newest available, downloading them again, remove the former, reinstall and retest.

That said, Xara's applications opens the original pdf just fine.

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12 hours ago, MikeTO said:

What formatting is applied to those mangled text strings in InDesign?

I don't know what app was used to produce the PDF because I downloaded it from a web site.

All the latest releases of Designer, Photo and Publisher (retail and beta) on MacOS and Windows.
15” Dell Inspiron 7559 i7 Windows 10 x64 Pro Intel Core i7-6700HQ (3.50 GHz, 6M) 16 GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600 MHz (8GBx2) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4 GB GDDR5 500 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD UHD (3840 x 2160) Truelife LED - Backlit Touch Display
32” LG 32UN650-W display 3840 x 2160 UHD, IPS, HDR10 Color Gamut: DCI-P3 95%, Color Calibrated 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
13.3” MacBook Pro (2017) Ventura 13.6 Intel Core i7 (3.50 GHz Dual Core) 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 1536 MB 500 GB SSD Retina Display (3360 x 2100)

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Oh, yes. It was produced with ID.

All the latest releases of Designer, Photo and Publisher (retail and beta) on MacOS and Windows.
15” Dell Inspiron 7559 i7 Windows 10 x64 Pro Intel Core i7-6700HQ (3.50 GHz, 6M) 16 GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600 MHz (8GBx2) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4 GB GDDR5 500 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD UHD (3840 x 2160) Truelife LED - Backlit Touch Display
32” LG 32UN650-W display 3840 x 2160 UHD, IPS, HDR10 Color Gamut: DCI-P3 95%, Color Calibrated 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
13.3” MacBook Pro (2017) Ventura 13.6 Intel Core i7 (3.50 GHz Dual Core) 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 1536 MB 500 GB SSD Retina Display (3360 x 2100)

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