Weird snowflake Mac OS X font issue. I've already tried all the usual suspects - deleting duplicate fonts from Font Book, etc, etc. But this one has me stumped.
So, I had a professor come down to my office yesterday and show me some slides in Powerpoint that looks like this.
The problem is the strange block characters that look like a sort of bizzarro W
. This is supposed to be the tau
symbol - you know, the kind of cursive t
. I have no idea when or where these slides were created.
Anyway, this is 10.6.8, with Powerpoint 2011 (fully updated).
He also brought down a graduate student who has a MacBook Air with 10.7 with Powerpoint 2011 (fully updated), and the slides display properly - the tau symbol is the tau symbol.
Some interesting things -
A. if I take the presentation and ferry it over to my Windows machine, it displays fine. If I then save it on my Windows machine with the option to EMBED FONTS and ferry it back over to the Mac, it still shows up incorrectly.
B. If, on the problem Mac, I copy that goofy character and paste
it into Microsoft Word, it shows up properly.
C. I have updated the machine in question to 10.7.5 (upgrade installation) and removed Office 2011 and reinstalled it and the issue persists.
D. I sent the presentation on to another user who has a Mac running 10.8 with Office 2011, and it's fine.
E. I sent the presentation on to another user who has Mac running 10.6.8 with Office 2011, and it's broken.
My Google-Fu is failing me. Any ideas?
I guess I could just find & replace with the whole presentation, but.. it's not just a presentation - it's a whole series of presentations - and honestly I'm not sure how feasible that is. I'd like to understand the root cause.