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Times, Courier, Helvetica, Symbol, and Zapf Dingbats... or suitable substitute fonts with the same metrics, must always be available in all PDF readers and so need not be embedded in a PDF.

How can I produce a PDF with TeX-world tools, that uses these fonts without embedding them? I want to try out how they look in different PDF viewers. For example, I know of some free software viewers that substitute the Liberation family.

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In modern TeX systems updmap creates an accompanying map file which doesn't download the standard fonts. You can load it instead of pdftex.map like this:



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