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.
And another way to place a PDF with outlined fonts: https://note.com/sttk3com/n/n81b2e87c275e
If you open a PDF and it shows the proper font. but you open it in illustrator and it cries that font isnt available. but font data is in the PDF. would be nice to have an option to Import Text as Curves using PDF font data
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.