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I am preparing a paper for submission to ACM proceedings and Digital Library. However, I keep getting the "Your pdf and .ps files both use type 3 fonts, you need use type 1 fonts" error from the the publishing house.

I have generated plots in PS and PDF formats and both utilize type 3 fonts. I would love to avoid any solution that would require me to reproduce the plots (using matplotlib and python) as much as possible (The computation time to recalculate would mean that I miss the deadline).

I tried the command:

dvips -P pdf -t letter -o <file>.ps <file>.dvi

as well as

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lmodern}

and still get type 3 fonts in my PS files and PDFS

pdffonts <file>.pdf 
name                                 type              emb sub uni object ID
------------------------------------ ----------------- --- --- --- ---------
LBEWKO+NimbusSanL-Regu               Type 1C           yes yes no      10  0
PUBBEM+NimbusSanL-Bold               Type 1C           yes yes no       8  0
YFYECG+CMSY10                        Type 1C           yes yes yes     18  0
AHPFBS+NimbusRomNo9L-ReguItal        Type 1C           yes yes no      16  0
AXUBMJ+NimbusRomNo9L-Regu            Type 1C           yes yes no      14  0
YSSGKF+NimbusRomNo9L-Medi            Type 1C           yes yes no      12  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      67  0
JCUPWZ+CMR10                         Type 1C           yes yes no      69  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      35  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      51  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      71  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      65  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      93  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      66  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      59  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      68  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no      63  0
ITCMPN+Helvetica-Bold                Type 1C           yes yes no     117  0
WZLTXN+Helvetica                     TrueType          yes yes yes    121  0
FKSFIN+CMMI10                        Type 1C           yes yes no     125  0
JVZHNQ+Helvetica-Bold                TrueType          yes yes yes    123  0
MTASZJ+Helvetica                     Type 1C           yes yes no     115  0
KXKKTR+Symbol                        Type 1C           yes yes no     119  0
GQCMLS+StandardSymL                  Type 1C           yes yes no     132  0
EDAHZQ+Helvetica                     TrueType          yes yes no     138  0
JWFHTI+Helvetica-BoldOblique         TrueType          yes yes yes    142  0
XUKNTB+HelveticaNeue                 TrueType          yes yes yes    134  0
KRAGHG+Helvetica-Bold                TrueType          yes yes yes    144  0
MAUGEX+Helvetica_00                  TrueType          yes yes no     140  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     152  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     160  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     174  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     154  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     168  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     176  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     162  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     167  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     175  0
[none]                               Type 3            yes no  no     169  0
SITHQP+NimbusMonL-Regu               Type 1C           yes yes no     190  0

I wonder how can I rectify the font type issue. Is there a way to change the font of a PDF or PS plot after-the-fact to produce a compliant PDF and PS version of my paper without any type 3 fonts?

PS: I'd appreciate detailed explanation, as I am new and just getting started with these tools. And I don't mind less than ideal workarounds.

UPDATE : 1. The problematic figures can be downloaded from this dropbox link

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Can you make one of the problematic postscript figures available for download from somewhere? –  Ian Thompson Jun 2 at 20:34
    
Welcome to TeX.SX, by the way. –  Ian Thompson Jun 2 at 20:34
    
I updated my question :) and thanks Ian –  amaatouq Jun 2 at 20:41
    
do you not still have the data points from matlab, not recalculate them just have them as a table (they could be extracted from the .ps but it would be esaier if you still have them, then you could re-plot them using real fonts instead of the constructed type3 fonts, using matlab or tikz or whatever –  David Carlisle Jun 2 at 21:53

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