Submitting camera-ready final papers is one of the many mundane tasks that make up the non-research part of grad school. We’ve all done it: had Sheridan Printing or whomever reject our final version because it didn’t embed its fonts. (It’s a mystery as to why it’s possible to create PDFs that work fine on one machine and break on others.)
So you need to embed fonts in your PDF. The world is full of broken or overcomplicated advice, including the depressing suggestion that you buy Adobe Distiller, which has been discontinued since 2013.
brew install ghostscript brew install exiftool
Then paste this minuscule shell script into a file (I call it
You can grab this script real quick like this:
curl -O https://gist.github.com/sampsyo/898489dd2672c5d1af36/raw/pdfstill chmod a+x pdfstill
pdfstill paper.pdf will produce
paper.still.pdf, ready to satisfy your conference’s friendly publishing ogres.