Monotype Fonts plan

Does anyone have a Monotype Fonts plan? Until now, I had a subscription to the now defunct Monotype Library Subscription, which suited my needs perfectly. They have now written to me to say they are no longer renewing it.

I was wondering if the new Monotype Fonts plan is equivalent. Can you use them and embed them into PDFs to send for print, or is it only for prototyping and if you want to use / print with a font (even embedded), do you have to pay the full licence for each font?


It’s similar to the font interface you get with an Adobe subscription, except it’s monotype and their fonts.

Yes, you can embed the fonts into PDFs, but you can’t download them to your computer. If you want to download you need to license them individually through MyFonts.

You need to have an internet connection while you are working so you can access the fonts. If your internet connection drops while you are working, all their fonts will display as missing.

They had an introductory rate of $139 USD for awhile, but I think I think the regular price is $199 USD/year. It gives you use of all their fonts. There are no additional fees.

So you write a pdf and send it to print under the licence?

Yes, you can use them in PDFs.

Sorry, I am being obtuse.

I realise you can physically use them in pdfs, but does the licence allow it for finished and final work? I only ask because all I could find online was vague, so I wrote to Mionotype and they were just as vague in their reply. They said, once you deploy them, a licence needs to be purchased. This could mean sending final fiiles to clients, including fonts, which I imagine and hope it is. However, ‘deploy’ could also mean final output.

I will write back to them, but not holding my breath for a precise answer.


I could easily be wrong, but I’m interpreting their word “deploy” and their word “prototyping” they use in their descriptions of the different plans as meaning the fonts are for prototyping only, and that for actual use in a finished product, they need to be purchased at full price.

That was by conundrum. The wording seems particularly vague. I did hear back from them again and it seems you can ‘output’ from pdfs., but even that was vague. Ultimately, they said read the EULA. Thanks. That helps!

I will find it and see what I can glean. Naturally, as with the monotype library, if I needed to share work where clients needed the fonts, I made sure they have the licence, but I could send pdfs to the printers. If this is the same, it’s worth the money. If it just so I can create visuals, then that is different.

The deploy and prototype terminology, I think is aimed at designers building brands got clients then deploying that brand to the company and they would need licences.

All just a bit classic monotype obfuscation.

From this page: Professional Font Management for Businesses

The more I read, the more it seems their subscription is nothing more than a way to charge subscribers for a convenient catalog of fonts that can be used in the same way stock photo services allow their low-res previews to be used in comps/prototypes.

In other words, a designer might show a client several comped-up versions of a project using various Montotype fonts. Once the client chooses one of the options, the fonts must be purchased.

If this is the case, I’m not even sure why Monotype is charging a fee for this capability.

The EULA was written by lawyers. Their customer service in India isn’t going to wade in. I’ve found them to be only vaguely helpful on most things.

My interpretation is that it is the same. If you are creating PDFs for print, or interactive PDFs… flyers, postcards, catalogs, magazines… it’s not an issue. But if you are using a font to create websites, apps, software, then the entire font has to be embedded somewhere, and that’s when they define it as a commercial product, and different licensing may apply. They let you do a little bit of that under your existing desktop license.

I think it’s confusing because technically everything I do is “commercial”, but their definition is different.

My approach on fonts is the same as with stock. I have subscriptions that cover my usage in creating finished pieces for my clients. But if the client wants to use a particular font or image, apart from me, then I point them to a place where they can license it.

From Monotype’s font subscription EULA — Monotype Subscription EULA |

From Section 9

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This is their latest correspondence…

Yes you may create PDF and send that to print. Once you add required plan to cart you will find link in cart itself to view license agreement.

Looks like it is allowable.

Quite honestly looks like they don’t want you to use their fonts. They could make it far less obtuse.
Can’t wait for other foundries to do this.
At some point all these subscriptions are going to make it too expensive to be in this business.
That’s no joke.

If it does allow you to output, the $199 is a bargain. If is doesn’t, then they are ripping you a new one.

It’s an industry with a very low barrier for entry and that’s one reason it’s so saturated. I’m not going to cry if a couple subscriptions scare some people off. The Pantone people are overplaying their hand, but Monotype subscription is a solid deal… from a company that has poor communication skills and customer service.

So not epubs

I was more thinking my side of the business. You designers buy one or two subscriptions as suits you. I have to buy them all. For what we do with the typical designer file, having the live font is sometimes necessary. But that can change. Not for the better for you all.

But I guess this isn’t really any change from having to buy into all the crazy QuarkXPress add-ons people were using back in the day, just so we could open their files. But it sure is a heck of a lot more diverse.