Proper extension for PostScript Type 1 fonts - Adobe Indesign

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Proper extension for PostScript Type 1 fonts

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    I have been given a project that was a Quark layout that I have converted to InDesign. There is a folder of fonts that my Mac tells me are PostScript Type 1 fonts, but the client has IDCS on Win XP. Do I have to add an extension to the font files and where should they go when I deliver the final?

    Dave Tinker

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    Macintosh Type 1 fonts are not recognized on Windows systems. It has nothing to do with the filename extension.

    On the Macintosh, Type 1 fonts are stored in two parts, a bitmap font file containing a screen font plus font metrics (the metrics are the important part; nothing uses those bitmaps anymore) and an outline font file. The information of these files are stored in the "resource fork" of their respective files. Note that Windows does not have the concept of files having a "resource fork" and a "data fork" as used by MacOS.

    Under Windows, Type 1 fonts are stored in two parts, a .PFB file containing the font outline and a .PFM file containing advanced font metrics.

    There is no simple "converter" of one format to another. (The outline portion can be losslessly converted, but not necessarily the metrics portion. Furthermore, you may well be violating the license of the font by copying from system to system -- you need to check that issue first!)

    The proper way to handle this is to license the Windows versions of the fonts used on the Macintosh.

    By the way, this is why Adobe has been advocating use of OpenType fonts for the last eight years! The OpenType fonts are totally cross-platform compatible as opposed to the Type 1 fonts or Macintosh TrueType fonts.

    - Dov

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    Dave,

    Type 1 fonts have two parts, the .pfm and the .pfb files. If you really received both halves (one is for screen, the other for printer)you should be able to place them into the InDesign\Fonts folder in the application directory and ID should see them and be able to use them even on the Mac, presuming you are using OS X.

    Of course doing that will probably be a violation of the license for the fonts. You might want to substitute other fonts that you have licenses for, and if you use OpenType instead of Type 1 or TrueType the fonts will work cross-platform without any issues at all.

    Peter

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    I think maybe I misunderstood your post. As Dov points out, if you are trying to send files from Mac to PC, Mac format Type 1 or TrueType fonts are useless on the other end. PC to Mac works, Mac to PC does not.

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    Thanks guys, I guess I'll have to consult the client on this one. I know they have a Mac in the office, so maybe I can still make this work.

    Dave Tinker

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