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A client has sent me an mxd and a file gdb.

When I look at the symbols, they don't look good. I think they need to send me some fonts. Is there some way I can use arcmap to determine the name of the font file I need so that I can request it from them?

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This has been a issue for years - in reverse too with the default ESRI TTF fonts and exporting a map with text to PDF. Your client should know the font used - they must provide it for you to view the symbols correctly. Identifying the font via the mxd is unlikely - maybe via python? – Mapperz Jun 16 '11 at 16:25
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A quick look at a few ArcGIS 10 mxds suggests that grepping

[A-Za-z0-9 ]+ÿÿ×â

will turn up (loads of) font names. I used Windows Grep for this test. I can't guarantee it will turn up all the font names, but the approach looks promising.

Here's a screen shot of the output. Note how two font names were picked up ("Batang" at the end of line 81), not just the default "Arial" that litters the file.

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