I’m taking advantage of a rare lull in work to work on my font collection and get it organized — particularly in regards to Adobe phasing out support for Type 1 fonts.
Helvetica is becoming a thorn in my side. I’ve done some searching, but can’t really find a clear answer to the issue. Apple has a limited collection of Helvetica and Helvetica Neue in the System / Library / Fonts. From my research, it seems like you absolutely do not want to mess with the fonts in this folder. The first issue is that this is not a complete Helvetica or Helvetica Neue family, and I really need to have the complete families installed.
I have a very old version of Helvetica and Helvetica Neue families in the Library / Fonts folder. These are Type 1 fonts. Adobe apps can be a little buggy with these, especially with the versions of Helvetica / Helvetica Neue installed in the System / Library / Font folder, and Apple’s Font Book throws up conflict notices about these.
This really boils down to two questions.
First, what do / did you do to get the complete Helvetica / Helvetica Neue families in a non-Type 1 format. I was hoping they’d be available via Adobe’s CC fonts, but I don’t see it. I’m not inclined to use cheap / pirated / knockoff fonts. That makes it look like my only option is to spend $800 for a TrueType or OpenType version of the families. If this is what I have to do, it’s what I have to do. But there are a whole lot of other things I’d rather do with $800 than buy a new version of the font that I had to buy years ago. Any suggestions or do I just need to bit the bullet?
Second, assuming I buy the complete Helvetica / Helvetica Neue families in TrueType or OpenType, how does one handle the conflict between the non-complete families Apple installed in System / Library / Fonts and the complete families that I’d install? I tried to disable Apple’s version via Font Book, but that didn’t work. Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.
Bonus question: It appears that there are a bunch of fonts that are not required system fonts that were installed by Apple or perhaps a third party. I can delete these fonts from Font Book, but it pops up a dialogue box asking for my password to delete. This makes me a little leery of deleting these fonts. Is this anything to be concerned about or should I delete them with reckless abandon? I suppose I could simply disable the fonts, but it seems deleting them is a cleaner option if they’re fonts I know I’ll never need.
Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on the situations.