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  • Explain Post Script fonts to me, Please!

    What exactly is the Post script outline file and the postscript metrics file for each font? Do both go into the font folder?

    What are the other files used for ? the .AFM file and Setup files?


  • #2
    ok, this link offers a brief description of postscript fonts:

    as you can see, it's a little old (1998).

    the .inf files:

    basically, it's an info file that tells you (and the operating system) some information about the font. i'm not sure but i think it's not used in XP.

    here's another good source:

    i always learned it that the .pfm files are the metrics -- the hinting, kern tables, etc. -- that tells the font how to assemble characters in relation to each other. the .pfb are the outlines, which tell the programs (that can read PS fonts) how to display them on the screen and how to them print them.

    in previous versions of windows, you had to have ATM installed on your machine. XP has support for PS fonts natively so you don't need that. you may, however, need admin rights to install them.

    so yes, dump all that into the font folder. .afm files:

    i love that site.

    and, thought i hate .ttf, i love open type fonts, .otf. all the rest of that crud is gone, and you get a single, cross-platform file with an expanded character set. perfect!
    Remember: Wherever you go, there you are.


    • #3
      Excellent. thanks. I'll check all that info.

      Much appreciated.


      • #4
        most welcome. hope it helps!

        and, oh yeah, managing the fonts is so much easier on a mac. i run windows at work, and it's not even in the same league.
        Remember: Wherever you go, there you are.


        • #5
          Read all that thanks..Do i need to install the setup files in the fonts folder too?


          • #6
            i don't think it will hurt anything.
            Remember: Wherever you go, there you are.


            • #7
              You can safely eliminate the .afm files, those are from back in the days when people used to load fonts onto the hard drives of imagesetters. Say at pre-press places that were using Postscript fonts with non-desktop publishing systems.
              "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo


              • #8
                Windows XP won't let me install the .PFB files either...


                • #9
                  Maybe this link will help.
                  "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo


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