In the list of available fonts, Illustrator CS5 just doesn't show a particular bitmap font (maybe it's skipping some others too, but I didn't check). I'm sure the font works well, in fact it shows up and works normally in Photoshop, and I also use it for interface in some other software that allows customizing of interface - in a few years never had a problem. If it matters, it's a fon file.
Digging around the internet I didn't see anybody complaining about it, the only thing I've found is an article for beginners that talks about using bitmap fonts as if it were perfectly possible.
So, how can I use this font in my documents? Or will I have to design everything in Illustrator and then finish it in Photoshop.
Edit: if it matters I'm on Windows 7 64bit.
Message was edited by: RayRayTea
Bitmap fonts are (collections of) bitmap images, so Illy has no clue what to do with them.
That's true, but what made me think Illustrator should be able to read a puny bitmap font is (among other things) this piece - I wouldn't trust it too much ("Pixel fonts are quite popular these days. It all started in Flash…") but it actually has screenshots, so I assumed they must have materialized from somewhere (and what it says about positioning of the lines is true, so it probably knows what it's talking about).
Edit: and I just noticed… the fonts I actually have as "Hidden" (in the Font control panel) show up in Illustrator all right - Comic Sans says hello (I should have uninstalled it instead of hiding it I guess). Heh…
You are welcome, RayRayTea.
Be careful when you uninstall ugly fonts. I overdid it once, and ended up with a Desktop full of unintelligible glyphs, and had to have an Maxtor Macblast Image reinstallation performed on the C drive coupled to another PC.
I know what you're talking about - that's why I used "Hide" instead. Only… Illustrator doesn't care. Oh well, thanks for confirming it - I wish I knew where did the author of that article get his material / ideas from.
It seems that it should be possible, as briefly mentioned here:
So it seems that Wikipedia has it wrong(ly expressed).
Maybe the fonts you have tried are simply beneath the standard required by Illy; she is more particular than most, which is understandable because she may have to do a lot of things with fonts, as vector artwork.