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SYSPRINTFONT and ODS PDF file size

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SYSPRINTFONT and ODS PDF file size

The (excellent) SAS Global Forum 2010 paper by Scott Huntley and Bari Lawhorn on ODS PDF compatibility for SAS 9.2 suggests that one technique for reducing the size of PDF files in 9.2 is to specify:

OPTIONS SYSPRINTFONT='Courier';

to prevent the Cumberland AMT font from being loaded. Unfortunately, when I try this on my WinXP desktop (SAS 9.2 TS2M2), I get the following error:
WARNING: -SYSPRINTFONT: Font "Courier" not found.

"Courier" does not show up in my font list in MS Office apps, although it does show up in SAS Display Manager (Tools, Options, Enhanced Editor, Appearance). "Courier New" shows up in both lists, and specifying Courier New with SYSPRINTFONT does not produce an error. I’m just not sure whether using Courier New provides the same benefits as were suggested in the paper, and whether on the other hand there are any risks I need to be aware of with it. (Or is there something else that I could do to prevent the error when specifying “Courier”?)

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Re: SYSPRINTFONT and ODS PDF file size

After discussing this with one of the ODS folks, it sounds as though my best alternative is to abandon my effort to mess with SYSPRINTFONT, given that I don't have a font specifically named "Courier" on my computer. (Courier New winds up actually being slightly larger than the default of Cumberland when font embedding is enabled.)
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