As we ramp up hymn singing once more in the UK (hooray!), I am looking into the best workflow of exporting image files of hymn tunes to place in congregational orders of service.
Ideally, I would like to use SVGs for this, as I think it would be beneficial to use a vector file format, not least as we’ve had problems with PNGs and TIFFs printing in a sub-optimal way following resizing in Word, not to mention the benefits of small file sizes. I’ve also had success in using the SVG format for image files of psalm chants when I re-typeset our psalter over last year’s lockdowns.
However, I’ve run into a problem regarding the embedding of fonts. My colleague who produces the orders of service (on MS Word) reports that a text font is not embedded in the SVG file, so that if he does not have that font installed the text will display in a substitute.
My question is: is this expected behaviour in the SVG file format, and the way that Dorico exports to it? Is there any way that Dorico can embed fonts into SVG files, or should it be doing so and there is something wrong in our workflow here that is causing this to go awry?
A supplementary question/feature request! I really miss the ‘smallest bounding box’ export option from the purple app, which I used to use all the time for this purpose. Whilst graphic slices are great in their own way, I want the program to calculate the boundaries of the graphics export so that there are no margins whatsoever on the graphic, which cannot really be done by human hand. Is there any chance of this functionality making its way into Dorico at some point, please?
Until such functionality is native to Dorico, to reach that ‘smallest bounding box’ status for my exports, I have been using Inkscape to do this to my exported SVG files. Simply opening the full-page exports from Dorico, running the ‘Resize page to content’ command, saving the file and exiting Inkscape. Might the use of Inkscape in this way be mucking up my fonts in my exported SVGs?
Many thanks to all for any advice on this one - I appreciate it’s a bit of a technical and detailed subject!