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Bug 82163 - LibreOffice Draw cannot render embedded font in pdf
Summary: LibreOffice Draw cannot render embedded font in pdf
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: filters and storage (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 115390 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: PDF-Import-Draw
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Reported: 2014-08-05 01:40 UTC by Doug
Modified: 2020-10-23 17:12 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Magazine front page PDF (259.96 KB, application/pdf)
2014-08-08 01:11 UTC, Doug

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Description Doug 2014-08-05 01:40:47 UTC
Opened PDF in Draw (vr the magazine title was rendered as 34567. Should have been The WATCHTOWER with ANNOUNCING JEHOVAH'S KINDOM below.
Also happened in 4.2 don't remember the rest of the version number.
Ubuntu 14.04x64
Here is snapshot of PDF in Draw>>
Comment 1 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2014-08-05 17:12:21 UTC
Please, attach the pdf to this bug report.

Set status to NEEDINFO. Please set it back to UNCONFIRMED once you have provided the requested informations.

Best regards. JBF
Comment 2 Doug 2014-08-05 19:03:59 UTC
I keep getting the following error when I try to upload the PDF file.
It is a good file as my pdf viewer opens it without a problem.

The content type PDF is invalid. Valid types must be of the form foo/bar where foo is one of application, audio, image, message, model, multipart, text, video and bar must not contain any special characters (such as "=", "?", ...). 

I changed the status to unconfirmed so you would know that I tried.
Change it back to need info when you've read this and hopefully you can tell me what's wrong.
When I posted this bug I uploaded the same pdf with no errors but for some reason the pdf did not make it.
Comment 3 Doug 2014-08-08 01:11:48 UTC
Created attachment 104251 [details]
Magazine front page PDF
Comment 4 Doug 2014-08-08 01:15:04 UTC
The attachment is a PDF file. I only selected it as plain text as that was the only way I could attach it. The Add an attachment page would not accept it as a PDF.
Comment 5 Owen Genat (retired) 2014-08-09 08:12:28 UTC
Thanks for providing the cut-down example. Confirmed under GNU/Linux using v4.3.0.3 Build ID: 08ebe52789a201dd7d38ef653ef7a48925e7f9f7. Related forum thread:

Status set to NEW. Severity set to enhancement (as this functionality has likely never existed). The request is to include something like the PDF Viewer (pdf.js) plug-in used in Firefox to allow use of embedded font subsets for accurate rendering:
Comment 6 Jouni Järvinen 2015-02-09 23:57:05 UTC
Reproducible on, Win7 x64. Will render just fine on Foxit Reader but misses stuff on LO. Looks the same as the screenshot in comment 1.
Comment 7 Andrey Skvortsov 2017-05-31 14:03:54 UTC
The problem still exist in LO 5.2.7 GNU/Linux amd4.
Comment 8 Buovjaga 2018-02-24 15:34:18 UTC
*** Bug 115390 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 scottie 2019-10-14 05:52:42 UTC
in Version 6.3.2, text still overflows boundaries in Libreoffice Draw after the pdf file opened.

in pdf reader (adobe reader), the pdf is displayed as normal with embedded fonts.

fixing this would be a big improvement to libreoffice draw as well as a fix to enable a very common/basic/fundamental use case.

thanks to software engineers for diligent work
Comment 10 Gibtnix 2019-10-23 16:00:21 UTC
Besides using the embedded font (which obviously would be the best option), maybe it might also be an idea to implement a similar functionality like Inkscape does? If you import a PDF into Inkscape you can choose if it should be imported using Inksacpe itself (which also replaces fonts as LO Draw does) or if you want to open it using Poppler. The latter only allows you to modify the text as shapes but not as text, but does not change any fonts or layouts. Since Inkscape only works with single-page documents, a similar dual-import PDF function in LO Draw would also be pretty useful.
Comment 11 David 2020-01-27 18:23:42 UTC

Still happening in I have this problem at least once at week. Is there a way I can help with this?
Comment 12 jeremia 2020-08-21 21:54:08 UTC
The bug remains in v7.0.0.3.
Because the font changes when opening the pdf in LibreOffice Draw the layout becomes incorrect as text boxes changes size when the font is incorrect, which results in incorrect text overlapping. Very annoying!