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I know currently Affinity apps don't support embedded fonts. However I tried to import a pdf document (a musical score) having all the fonts but Publisher returns alterations in the positions of the accidentals (see the file). Moreover same result with Designer.

I tried some random attempts to fix it and eventually Publisher returned the unaltered content with a pdf before exported as B&W with Apple Preview.
I have no idea why the original pdf (produced by Finale software, a standard in music notation) was altered and why the one passed through the filter remains unchanged instead.

However I think it is the case to put it to the attention of the developers (attached all the files for a test).



osX 10.14.5 / Affinity Publisher


Rolla_Concerto_Partitura pagina 2.pdf


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My guess is that it is still related to Affinity apps' not supporting PDF passthrough of fonts. Someone has reported a similar problem with PDFs exported from MuseScore (if I remember right), and I just tried the same with a score PFD from LilyPond with similar bad results. In LilyPond's case, I know it uses its own internal fonts that are not installed as actual fonts in the system, so without passthrough, it is sure to fail.

My last version of Finale was 2011, so they may have changed things since then. Back then, it installed music fonts as actual fonts in the system, so in those cases it should work fine if you have those fonts installed and active at the system level. Perhaps Finale does it differently now (which in my opinion would be an improvement—I didn't like that it cluttered up my font menu with numerous fonts that were useless to me outside of Finale).

The lack of font passthrough is going to be a continuous problem until Serif can implement it. I didn't even know such a thing was an issue until testing Publisher, because previously, it all "just worked" in any app that supported PDF.


After a test, the B&W trick did not work for me. In fact, I even tried to place your Rolla_Concerto_PartituraB&W.pdf, and it also did not work, presumably because I do not have those fonts installed on my system. If you can indeed place that particular file in Publisher on your machine, then something other than fonts may be going on. 


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Hi garrettm30,

thank you for taking the time to test.

I'm disoriented…

All the needed fonts are on my system
I thought this was enough to properly import a pdf. I don't understand why some symbols are moved.

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As long as it works for Notion, I'm good. :D

But seriously, I'm glad you found this issue. Will save me time scratching my head in the future.

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