acrobat and word are different, look at the tops of your lower case t's. There's other differences as well.
Word and filemaker look similar in terms of actual font face, I think the bold is a different style though.
There are a number of other factors that could cause differences, eg text spacing, line height, line spacing, different bold styles, etc.. So I always plan text to be different.
In the end, FileMaker is not a word processor, so I never expect super-fine levels of font control. Just the basics.
some software wisely chooses the Arial Bold font when you boldface Arial, some don't (they "electronically" bold the normal font). At least it's the way it used to be some time ago.
Yeah I can see it's slightly different in Word/Acrobat but not enough that anyone would notice. FileMaker for sure they do as people have already said what happened to the quotes? Only thing different is acrobat calls it "Arial Bold MT Size 12" and then has Bold on. If you turn bold off it changes the name to Arial only, FileMaker and word don't have a font called Arial Bold, just Arial and then you add bold etc. This is Windows 10.
Also if you look at the attached screenshot it is right from FileMaker, looks normal to me. When you print it or PDF it that's where it makes it all ugly and almost super-bold. I'm fine with it not being exact as no one would know, but what FileMaker outputs on print or PDF looks absolutely nothing like Arial size 12 bolded. I have several other quote layouts that use Arial, bold in some cases.
Quick edit, I rebooted and it works perfectly fine now, the PDF looks exactly the same as Acrobat. I have no idea now, but whatever seems to be okay!
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Turning things off and on, and trying another document are often recommended troubleshooting steps.
IT Crowd have covered it extensively.
Well to be honest, it's a bit ridiculous that rebooting my computer is
required to make something work. Seems like a bug in wonderful FileMaker
if it shows you a font completely wrong. Makes me nervous and not trust it
now as who knows when it will just decide to start using its own
interpretation of Arial Bold again.
This is so frustrating, I turn my computer on this morning and guess what,
doing the same thing with massive fonts. Worked perfectly fine last night
exporting to PDF, did a whole pile of quotes and now it's back to being
completely wrong. What a wonderful program!
While your frustration is understandable. Insulting a program who's primary focus is NOT the rendering or output of static print ready copy (as opposed to something like InDesign), is neither helpful or welcome.
I pointed out that there was a clear enough difference between word and acrobat, and you shrugged it off saying "Yeah I can see it's slightly different in Word/Acrobat but not enough that anyone would notice." Don't you think that possibly that difference shows that there's maybe something larger outside of FIleMaker's control going on with your computer? Don't you find it odd that rebooting corrects things? It's possible that rebooting isn't resetting filemaker so much as it is your system OS.
If an absolute level of control in your generated PDFs is required (and it still could be acrobat's or your OS's fault and NOT filemaker's), then you should consider using the right tool for the right job. However if you're looking for "not enough that anyone would notice", then you might consider further investigating some of the finer inner workings of your OS's font handling.
While there is no known bug for windows 10 and filemaker 14 according to:
Technically windows 10 is NOT listed as a supported OS for filemaker:
You may want to submit your findings on a bug report, and switch back to test again using a compatible OS.