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Neal P. Sharma

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Hello CartoTalk,

I have been making basic maps in ArcMap and then working with a graphics consultant who is touching up the graphics in Adobe Illustrator before integrating them into a brochure. The map I made has some ESRI TrueType fonts (specifically, symbols for amenities such as picnic areas, parking, trails), and because the graphics consultant doesn't use ArcGIS, and subsequently does not have the fonts, these symbols are lost when they open the exported Ai file.

I always try to follow good practices, and was wondering if any of you know whether it would be illegal to Create Outlines of the ESRI text (symbol) in Ai for the consultant to use. An alternative would be for me to simply draw my own symbols in Ai, but I would appreciate the time saved if this is an acceptable practice.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope some of you have experience in this area that you would be willing to share.

Neal Sharma

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That's an interesting question.

I'm assuming here you are talking abut converting the marker symbol to graphics in the Arc export dialogue? I'd say it's ok since you're not giving him the font, just embedding it graphically in the document you created. The same would probably go for creating outlines in AI if you did it on your machine with the font installed. This is standard practice with graphics work where you need to export an EPS or PDF document for publication and are concerned that fonts used in your design my not be on the machine of the intended viewers. Should be fine... but I'm not a lawyer, I just play one on the internet!
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