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Legally owned and installed Helvetica not showing up on Windows 7 Adobe CS3 Master Collection

Mar 4, 2010 2:05 PM

I have owned and used a licensed version of Helvetica for a number of years now (typing with one arm since the purchase cost me an arm AND a leg, hehe) - I recently "upgraded" to Windows 7 and reinstalled all of my fonts which all show up other than Helvetica. Helvetica DOES show up in other applications such as Office Word, but not any of my Adobe products. These are Type 1 fonts.

 
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    Mar 4, 2010 2:46 PM   in reply to jdhstudios

    It sounds as if you didn't install the font(s) properly. You need both

    the .pfm and .pfb files to be in the same source folder/directory, and

    you should use the standard Windows font installation procedure (not

    just drag and drop or copy into the Windows/Fonts folder.

     

      - HerbVB

     
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    Mar 4, 2010 4:29 PM   in reply to jdhstudios

    ' I have never received the "pvm" files ... '

     

    That's .PFM, (for Printer Font Metrics) not pvm.

     

    Some vendors supply .pfb + .afm + .inf, which the old Adobe Type

    Manager could convert to .pfb+.pfm as it installed.

     

    However, you could not possibly have used a Type 1 font with only a

    .pfb file. It simply wouldn't have worked.

     

    MS Apps and Adobe apps are different in that MS Apps only list ONE of

    the four styles of font - you select the Bold, Italic, and Bold Italic

    Versions with separate B and I buttons.  Adobe applications display

    all of the available font files separately, e.g. Helvetica, Helvetica

    Bold, etc.

     

    But that still wouldn't explain why Adobe Apps don't see the font.

     

    When you say that you previously had the fonts working and installed,

    how did you transfer them to your new computer or operating system?

    Did you use the original distribution materials or some transfer method?

     

      - Herb

     
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    Mar 4, 2010 5:29 PM   in reply to jdhstudios

    There was a problem with the CS3 applications and the 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 in terms of Type 1 fonts installed in the system fonts directory. This was fixed for CS4.

     

    The workaround, very simply stated, is to copy the .PFM and the .PFB files into the private font directory for CS3. Then they are recognized by the CS3 applications.

     

              - Dov

     

    PS:     I doubt whether you “own” any Helvetica fonts; what you do own are licenses to use those fonts. 

     
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    May 6, 2010 7:55 AM   in reply to jdhstudios

    Thought I would answer this since I had to go through the same thing with Helvetica on win7 x64.  I found this post during a search and figured out how to get Helvetica in CS3:

     

    After installing the Helvetica in the Windows 7 Fonts folder located at C:\Windows\Fonts I highlighted the Helvetica  fonts in the windows \font folder and  copied them to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common  Files\Adobe\Fonts\Helvetica

     

    And now the Helvetica font is  available in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.

     
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    May 25, 2010 9:57 AM   in reply to Dov Isaacs

    There's a problem with Type 1 fonts overall...not just with Adobe Creative Suite. I can't install them for use with any app. Installing to a private CS3 font directory won't help me use my fonts in MS Word or other programs.

     

    (I'm going to keep searching the forums, but my hope is waning that anybody has an answer.)

     

    ~Valerie

     
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    May 25, 2010 10:46 AM   in reply to kyriosity

    I have a system with Windows 7 32-bit and several with Windows 7 64-bit. None of these systems have any problems installing Type 1 fonts or accessing same for typical Windows applications such as Word. Type 1 fonts are installed under Windows 7 (either 32-bit or 64-bit) by right clicking on the .PFM file for the font (where the assumption is that the .PFB file is in the same directory). Don't attempt to use dragon-drop to install like you may have with either Windows XP or Vista.

     

    One further question might be whether you did a clean install of Windows 7 or you attempted some upgrade? Always do a clean install. Furthermore, do not even attempt to install the now-obsolete Adobe Type Manager product which is fully incompatible with Windows 7.

     

              - Dov

     
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    May 25, 2010 1:35 PM   in reply to Dov Isaacs

    It's a brand new machine, so I'm assuming it's a clean install. When I right click on the PFM file, it runs through the install process, but the font simply isn't available to use. Correction -- I checked MS Word, and I can use it there, but not in AI (CS3) or on CorelDraw. I've mostly been working with one font that I've been trying now for nearly 24 hours to install, but

     

    Before now, I've always used Bitstream Font Navigator to manage my fonts, but that's been no help here, either. Something is simply going wrong in the process that the fonts will not install correctly. I'm afraid it's on Microsoft's end, and that they just aren't going to give a rip about it, so I'm hoping Adobe will have mercy and come up with a solution.

     

    But thanks for trying, Dov!

     

    ~Valerie

     
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    May 25, 2010 1:46 PM   in reply to kyriosity

    Partially solved: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7programs/thread/317 06c7e-2270-44fb-97aa-8c36922b877d

     

    That works for Adobe, but I'm still out of luck for Corel.

     

    ~Valerie

     
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    May 25, 2010 2:32 PM   in reply to kyriosity

    The location to put the Type 1 fonts for CS3 is correctly provided earlier in this thread.

     

    In terms of Corel, you might be best off to contact Corel Technical Support directly. For better or worse, you won't find many Corel experts here. 

     

              - Dov

     
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    May 25, 2010 2:35 PM   in reply to Dov Isaacs

    Yeah...wasn't really expecting Corel expertise here...just hoped that I might find a more universal solution.

     

    Thanks.


    ~Valerie

     
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    Nov 7, 2011 11:57 AM   in reply to pumm3l

    This totally worked for me! Thanks.

     

    signed

    A desperate graphic designer looking for my Helvetica!

     
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