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Old 08-15-2006, 10:17 AM   #1
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This may be a stupid question, but what is the best way to handle different formats of the same fonts on a Windows system? Should preference be given to one format or the other in terms of using them in InDesign. Should both formats be maintained?

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Old 08-15-2006, 11:09 AM   #2
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I have a rule that I try to adher, adhear, adhere, (sod it) stick to: on a Windows computer just use True Type or Open Type fonts only. Much easier, though at times even I have to bite the Type 1 bullet (though never on my XP machine).

You certainly need to avoid having both TT and PS fonts with the exact same name, I reckon.
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:39 PM   #3
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Robin:

on a Windows computer just use True Type or Open Type fonts only

There's no need to stick to TrueType on a Windows 2000 or XP computer, even if you haven't ATM Light, as long as you've got the Type 1 fonts securely inactivated. Type 1 fonts may not look pretty on the screen, but they print all right.

   
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as long as you've got the Type 1 fonts securely inactivated
Exactly: they're downright troublesome!
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This may be a stupid question, but what is the best way to handle different formats of the same fonts on a Windows system? Should preference be given to one format or the other in terms of using them in InDesign. Should both formats be maintained?
In the old days one format or the other worked better in some applications. And perhaps Adobe products, including InDesign, still have a bias in favor of Type 1 — or even more to OpenType.

But nowadays I do not think it matters too much, and unless you write about fonts, I cannot think of any reason to have duplicates.

As for standardizing on one, it may be difficult. There are more commercial-quality fonts available in Type 1 and/or OpenType than in the old TrueType format. But there are better screen-reading fonts in TT.

Good luck with unentangling your font collection. It is on my list for whenever I can get around to it. (Has been for half a decade!)

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Robin:

they're downright troublesome!

I haven't found that: PS fonts stay quietly in the PSfonts folder(s), but some of my TrueType fonts show a tendency to wander into the WinNT\Fonts folder, even though I've firmly got them out of there (many times). ATM Deluxe works very well, but it has no effect on the fonts in the WinNT\Fonts folder.

   
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Cyranetta:

Wharever you do, don't have any Type 1 PS or OTF fonts in the Windows\Fonts folder; then it doesn't matter much if you have fonts of the same name, one PS or OTF, the other TT.

   
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>>Wharever you do, don't have any Type 1 PS or OTF fonts in the Windows\Fonts folder

Why not?

   
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Steve:

Why not?

Because anything in the Win\Fonts folder cannot be deactivated, but PS fonts are not copied into the Win\Fonts unless you put them there; therefore if you have a TT font and a PS font of the same name, you can at least deactivate the PS font. Of course, if it's the TT font you want to deactivate, that too must not be in the Win\Fonts folder.

   
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Many thanks for all the replies.

I really appreciate how well the original Compuserve forum migrated, keeping the high quality of discourse and improving the ease of use.

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