I have paid attention to the Pros on the PageMaker forums about movin' on up. So I have downloaded the trial version of Indesign C55. It seems to take my files from PM 6.5 OK. However, there is a problem with the fonts. In PM I used Type 1 Times New Roman among others. I assume that I now have to use Open Type fonts in Indesign. Do these come as part of the Indesign package? If not, what then?
Can someone point me to a discussion about the use of fonts in Indesign and what ones must be used. I am thoroughly confused at this point.
Just when I thought I had PageMaker mastered.......
While InDesign ships with some very nice OpenType fonts, you may continue to use your TrueType and Type 1 fonts without any problems in most cases. The exceptions are gnereally either poorly made fonts (ID has very low toloerance for font problems) ort very old fonts with non-standard encodings. I would not expect any problems with your Times New Roman.
Here is the link of the fonts that are provided with the Indesign and other Adobe software , go ahead and check...
Creative Suite and the individual apps ship with a collection of OpenType fonts but any fonts you were using with PM should work with InDesign as well.
BTW, if you’re going to buy CS5.5 do it before May 6. You’ll get a copy of CS6 for free when it ships.
Fonts come with InDesign as a freebie and are *not* "part of" the package, or in any way required for it to work.
But it's sure a nice gesture, because some of them *are* of the very highest quality, making your preferred Times New Roman look pale in comparison. Do yourself a big favour and check them out.
InDesign does not work exclusively with OpenType fonts (as has been mentioned above), it can use all of the regular Truetype and Type 1 (on Windows only!) that are currently installed in your system. You might not even be aware that a lot of the current System Fonts already are, in fact, Opentype fonts -- but again, it's of no matter for InDesign.
(!) For Windows Only. Mac OS X does not support "Type 1" Postscript fonts installed as a system font. However, you can still use them in Adobe software. Ask if you have those and want to use them anyway.
Hi Bob - Looks like I need a short course in basics here. It was my understanding that with PageMaker True Type fonts what you saw on the monitor was not necessarily what was printed. So if you were, and I was, putting together a document full of text and graphics and charts all carefuuly placed on a page that I wanted printed exactly to the hundredth of an inch as I saw it on the screen, I had to use Type 1 fonts. Did I not understand correctly?
Maybe I should put the question another way.
I am formatting a book. I want it to print exactly as I see it on the screen. So should I use True Type Fonts or Open Type Fonts? Does it even make a difference?
The book is running to about 1000 pages so I think it might be wise to get it right the first time.
Once I get it settled in my mind about which fonts I need, I will go back to my first question.
Well, Bob, you sent me back looking through all my notes and manuals.
The printer I had chosen to work with when I was using PageMaker would accept only Type 1 fonts.
I also have notes that say the True Type fonts caused problems with Postscript fonts.
So - where I go from here is doing my homework before I start to earmestly compose my book in Indesign.
Thanks to all of you for your help.
Your printer was either using twenty year-outdated workflow software if it couldn't process TrueType fonts and your notes are clearly wrong. Use of mixtures of TrueType, Type 1, and OpenType fonts are not the source of any problems in any standard publishing software that we are aware of at Adobe. Certainly, this was never a problem with any Adobe products!
The printer, who will go unnamed, has been in business for 110 years and has four complete book manufacturing facilities.
You did see that I said "the printer I had chosen to work with when I was using PageMaker." I am not sure there was an Indesign then.