Quick font survey

Calling all designers! Do you use Adobe’s Postscript Type 1 fonts? Maybe you do, and you don’t even realize it? With Adobe soon to discontinue support for Postscript Type 1 fonts, it could have a major impact on your work. I’d love to learn about your experience in this short questionnaire so that I can better support you for this upcoming change.

I skipped the last two questions :wink:

and I’ve also read this:

Most people will not be affected by the retirement of Type 1 fonts. As stated above, Adobe had stopped creating Type 1 fonts in 1999, and most developers had moved to more robust formats in early 2005. Many developers had even converted existing Type 1 fonts to OpenType and TrueType formats in the early 2000s.

However, there’s a chance that you may still have some Type 1 fonts. This is especially true for designers working with in-house fonts developed explicitly by their company, especially if their company has been active since the 1990s.

If this applies to you, you’ll want to discuss either converting an existing Type 1 font to an OpenType or TrueType format or creating or licensing a new font altogether.


I’m thinking the only options are get another font or convert it.

Adobe are discontinuing use of type 1. I’m surprised people are surprised.

Website and mobile OS don’t support type one fonts. Haven’t done for years.

Adobe is simply moving with the times.
They are not ending support until 2023.

More here

It’s not a kick in the teeth from Adobe. It’s just time to move on to fonts that work across different workflows and devices and are cross platform compatible.

Plenty of time to get things sorted.

I’ve used this before and it’s excellent.

Most anyone working with digital fonts since the 1980s (like me) probably has a whole collection of Type 1 fonts from the time when they were new and when nobody paid much attention to software licensing.

The newspaper where I worked bought the entire collection of Linotype and Bitstream fonts. No one thought anything at all of making copies of everything. Somewhere, tucked away in a drawer in my house, are some old Zip drive cartridges with thousands of those Type 1 fonts that I probably would have no way of retrieving even if I wanted to. I suppose they’d still be helpful for particular purposes, like type to accompany a logo, but that’s about it. Mostly, though, I use the same dozen or so typefaces repeatedly, so I don’t need them anyway.

It’s probably worth mentioning that converting the Type 1 fonts to OpenType or TrueType will only make them compatible with newer software. Doing so won’t magically expand the character set, increase the quality, or make OpenType features appear. They’ll still be the same old Type 1 fonts but in a new wrapper.

Indeed - sorry I didn’t mention that I was lying in bed struggling with listless sleep.

Best option is to visit the font foundry website or call them and ask if they have an open type version. And buy that.

Converting the font is a last resort. And of course, there is no magic new character sets etc.

At the end of the day it’s not a bad thing. But I can understand why some are upset. But then nobody said anything about it when Web and Mobile OS dumped Type 1.

It’s all those people with thousands-of-fonts collections that are complaining. I’m sure somewhere in their font management software there is an option to select by software type. Look at the list. If you can’t live without some of them, update them. If you don’t recognize some of them, delete them. It’s part of the job. People collect fonts like baseball cards. Most of them are worthless and will always be worthless. Those few special ones, hold onto those and offload the rest.

Typefaces should always be job specific and if a special one is needed, purchase it on the client’s invoice. Holding them forever until you have no idea where they came from or why you have them? Not so productive. And worse, a project that relies on a face found somewhere online in a long distant past can come back to bite you. Not too long ago I had a bid package sent to me. I didn’t recognize a single type used on the samples page so I did a quick query (as I’m a printer and would have to license said fonts to work on the project.) All of them were freeware. Some of them had commercial use restrictions (as in “for personal use only”.) One of them had one of those new weird licenses that prohibit “manufacture” of items using the letter outlines (ie I could not cut them out of solid acrylic without getting an extended license,) and two of them the creators were nowhere to be found. Gone. No way to contact, no way to license.

I have mine all in UTC and every font I have been handed is in a folder for that Client.
I must have about 500 different versions of Helvetica.
But Helvetica for one client is not the same as the Helvetica used by another client.

I organise all my fonts this way. Usually, with no contact from a client after trying for 12 months the fonts get archived along with all their jobs, and I clear out the UTC folders and tidy up.

Basic file management really.

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Yup. Same here

I have thousands of Type1 fonts - I better get busy with the converter …

Converter will batch convert.
You have 2 years :slight_smile:

Plus previous versions of InDesign won’t have that problem, so hold on to older version of InDesign for as long as you can (or any Adobe apps)

Ya-but if you do an update on those older CC versions, beware. They may just update the type engine on you. Sometimes they might even tell you waht they are updating if you follow the link, but a lot of times it just says “security and performance updates.”

Type engine regularly changes per version, but I have not seen a text reflow because of it. But it can happen.

I was thinking more they update the type engine on you so that it no longer recognizes Type 1, regardless of the version number.

I don’t think that will be the case

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