There are a couple of documents I need to edit (making small changes) from time to time, and I only have them in PDF format. That would not necessarily be a big problem, except they use some fonts I don't have, so sometimes I had to convert text to shapes (groan) and write things in a different font (or spend time looking for similar fonts that are free). I would also like to recreate the documents in ODT format for easier editing, and getting the right fonts is an important step.
I identified the main fonts involved: Palatino, Baskerville and ITC Eras (each one with different styles) and found that they are supposed to be included with certain versions of Microsoft Office. They can be bought separately too, but they seem quite expensive. I don't have MS Office, and I use Linux most of the time.
So the main question is what's the best way to get those fonts (legally) or really close alternatives. Here are some options I'm considering:
- Buying Office (or at least Word)
It looks like 2013 is the currently available version, and I couldn't confirm that it includes those fonts. I would also prefer to install the fonts in Linux if possible.
- Buying the fonts individually
That would surely work, but the problem is price. Each font seems to cost at least US$30 for just one style, and that adds up quickly.
- Buying font packages
It would be nice to find a reasonably-priced package of MS Office fonts, or some other collection of fonts that includes the ones I'm looking for. However, I haven't found any such package.
- Finding free alternatives
So far I found a "Libre Baskerville" font that's quite similar to the Baskerville used in those documents, but I haven't found an alternative for Eras.