Chinese CID Fonts

Chinese CID Fonts can be embedded chinese font into pdf documents

  • Multi-Platforms
  • Professional Outline Font Technology
  • Fully Support PostScript L3
  • No requirments of chinese environment
  • Small Font Size, Convenient Storage and Delivery


Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed by Adobe Systems. It is best work with a new font format - the character ID-keyed (CID) format in a PDF environment.


The Chinese CID fonts are PostScript fonts in a new format especially designed for PDF workflow. Compared with TrueType and PostScript format, the CID format has the following characteristics:

Font Embedding
The main advantage of PDF is that it is a universal file format that preserves the fonts, images, graphics, and layout of any source document, regardless of the application used to create it, so PDF files can be viewed and printed on a variety of platforms.

Character Searching Function
At present, many users are still using screen capture to embed the Chinese text into a PDF document. Besides poor quality, the text will be converted into graphics so the search function cannot apply. To solve the problem, using CID fonts can precisely display the original content and layout of the documents. Moreover, it enables the PDF files to be fully searchable, which is very important to e-book publishing.

Supporting PostScript Level 3
PDF format can support Adobe third generation PostScript language. Basically users do not need any software to print the CID fonts contained in the PDF files if they have PostScript Level 3 Ready printers, they can even print the PDF files with free Acrobat Reader without an update version of printer language.

Professional Outline Font Technology
CID fonts are very popular among designers for its advanced outline font technology and the hinting technology. Hinting is a technology applying on scalable outline fonts to maintain their aesthetic appearance, consistency and legibility.

Convenient Storage and Delivery
The size of a PDF file can be greatly reduced by Embedded Subset - subsetting a CID font instead of embedding the whole font into the PDF file. The file size can be kept to a minimum to facilitate efficient data copying and electronic transmission.

  • New additions since 2012

    Owners of Monotype Unicode Chinese OpenType Collections 2012 (PRC and HK), please follow the following links for a list of latest releases since 2012…

    HK Releases Since 2012
    PRC Releases Since 2012

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