Unlocking True Type Fonts

One of my favorite time and money saving features of our Xerox 560 is the ability to print 2 8.5×11 sheets on 1 11×17 sheet of paper. Since we’re only charged 1 click, regardless of size, in essence, this cuts our printing costs in half. That is a HUGE DEAL!!!

The only problem comes when I’m dealing with True Type fonts that are “locked”. Since the Xerox Fiery uses Adobe Acrobat to do its duplicating magic, if the font is locked, it can’t be embedded it. Instead, it replaces the font with something generic looking… real bummer.

There are two fixes. I could change the font to paths or change the fonts embed level. Whenever possible I prefer the change the embed level. You can find a fonts embeddability settings by right mouse clicking on a font, clicking on Properties and going to the details tab.



New & Improved Solution (added 2.18)

The Font Fixer: Instantly turn any .TTF font permission into installable. https://www.andrebacklund.com/fontfixer.html

Original Solution:

This is a handy little DOS program (sorry, Window only) that was created to change the embedding level of a TrueType font. According the author, “This program will quickly and automatically set the font to ‘installable embedding allowed’, the least restrictive setting.”


The DOS program that you will download has to be in the same folder as the .TTF you are working on. Since I don’t know how to get around very well in DOS, I found it easiest to add a temporary folder at c:/font, run the conversion, then move the fixed font back into your main font directory.


*CD = Change Directory
*When typing in DOS, upper and lower case does not matter.

No error message and viola…the font embeddability has been changed. Problem solved.


15 thoughts on “Unlocking True Type Fonts

    1. I wrote this in 2013 and worked in Windows 7…no guarantees it still works today. I would make sure you try “Run As Administrator” for the .exe to see that that makes a difference.

  1. I’ve been using the original method for some years. For 64 bit Windows users (or 32), the easiest method I’ve found (and I’ve tried a few) is to download DosBox from Source Forge (here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/dosbox/). This safely runs as an emulator, giving you an MS Dos command prompt that will allow you to run the embed command on it. Once you download it, read the brief intro, which will basically tell you to “mount” your C drive, which is where your fonts are located (and which is where embed.exe should be located). Then you’re good to go!

  2. I was able to remove the font restriction – unlocking TTF – and turn the font ‘installable embedding allowed’- in a very simple way and without having to install any programs, only with online conversion services:

    1- Convert your font to EOT format

    2- Download the EOT font and Convert the EOT font to TTF

    3- Done!

    I converted the font with this service: https://cloudconvert.com/ – but there are many others online.

    Good luck to all!

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