Bugs & Fixes: 10.5.5’s font display problem

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September’s Mac OS X 10.5.5 update has been the subject of the last two Bugs & Fixes installments—the first on hassles with third-party apps, the second on why you may not have noticed all the promised fixes. Let’s go for a three-peat, with another 10.5.5-related issue.

The OS X 10.5.5 update introduced a rare font display problem. The problem occurs only if you have a PDF file that has the TimesNewRomanPS-ItalicMT font embedded in the document and you display it using Apple’s built-in software (such as via Preview or Safari) rather than a third-party PDF-viewing application. In the offending apps, the text displays with too-thin lines and generally looks unattractive (as reported in this Apple Discussions thread).

One obvious work-around is to use Adobe Reader to view the document, instead of Preview. Otherwise, you’ll likely have to wait for 10.5.6—or some future OS X update—for a fix.

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