Open a PDF with option to outline text
Sometimes if you don't have a font, a pdf opened in Illustrator will result in boxes with "x"s in them in place of all the fonts. I know how to go into Adobe Acrobat and fix this. But.... Would be nice if Illustrator had a dialogue box when opening a PDF that gave the option to outline all text open opening.
There is also another way to get outlined fonts in imported PDF — to apply a fixup in Acrobat.
If all you need is the font's vectors, you can place the PDF into an open illustrator file and then use Object > flatten transparency to outline the fonts.
Voting though, because you and another user had a very similar idea and I believe this would still be useful.
That said, Illustrator is not and was never intended to be a PDF viewer/editor. Opening PDF's in illustrator should always be a last resort.
I'd love for Illustrator to, upon opening a PDF file, offer a simple "yes or no" dialog option where it promts to convert text to shapes/outlines before opening.
In case fonts are missing or are displayed incorrectly due to differences in the fonts installed and the fonts used in the PDF-files. Now I have to do this by converting to outlines in Acrobat, first, and then open the converted PDF into Illustrator.
Love to see such a feature!
Totally agree with this considering you can force Acrobat to do it.