Properly viewable and properly printable files NEEDED!
When creating a final file from Illustrator for a printer, I change type into outlines so that there will be no font problems. Then I save as a PDF. The PDF is VERY inconsistent in how it shows straight lines of letters. ie: lower case "L", cap "I", hyphens, dashes, and other letters with "straight" lines -- p, d, M, etc. The pdfs look terrible unless you blow them up very large. AND when you print them out, you can also see the differences in thickness of the letters on different printers. Questions: How do I tell my customer "Oh, ignore that" when they see a terrible looking proof? How will I KNOW if a file sent to a printer will print properly or not if I can't see or print a "good" file here? If a customer sends my file to their printer and prints 1000 letterheads and the letters are inconsistent, are you going to pay for that? These are supposed to be programs usable for graphics and printing. It happens with InDesign also. I pay a monthly fee and I can't get the programs to work properly. What's up with this?
Lukas Engqvist commented
Converting text to outlines takes much of the smart programming in fonts and throws it away. Fonts have technology called hinting which tells computers and rips how to handle mathematic calculations so that strokes and spacing are consistent. If you convert text to curves you only have the vector points. If you also started the document as a webb document you may get even more strange effects if strokes are aligned to pixel grid. It may be a limitation of workflow rather than of software.