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Adobe Postscript Type 1 fonts and Windows 7

Aug 28, 2012 9:11 AM

I have a disk with Adobe Postscript Type 1 fonts ("Adobe Type Basics" that I purchased in 2001). The disk includes an install program that does not work on my current computer (Windows 7, 64). Can I get those fonts installed on my current computer, and if so, how do I do it. Step by step, please. Many thanks.

 
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    Aug 28, 2012 9:24 AM   in reply to kdcutler

    Don't install any software for installation of those fonts. Clearly, software for much older versions of Windows is either not going to install or at worst can do terrible damage to a WIndows 7 system.

     

    Type 1 fonts may be readily installed by right-clicking on the .pfm files and performing the Install operation. This causes the font's .pfm and .pfb files to be properly copied to the C:\Windows\fonts directory and registered in the system as fonts.  Note that the .pfm and .pfb files for each font should be in the same directory from which you perform the installation process. (In many early Adobe font releases, the .pfm files were in a separate subdirectory from the .pfb files.)

     

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    Aug 29, 2012 8:18 AM   in reply to kdcutler

    Check and see if there are subdirectories with the name PFM. If so, move the .pfm files from that directory to the level below and follow my instructions from above.

     

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    Aug 29, 2012 12:18 PM   in reply to kdcutler

    Let me see what I can do to assist you.

     

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    Aug 29, 2012 1:04 PM   in reply to kdcutler

    I have sent you a .ZIP archive via e-mail with the .pfm files corresponding to the .pfb files in your package. Please don't redistribute.

     

    Let us know if this solved your problem.

     

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    Aug 29, 2012 2:34 PM   in reply to kdcutler

    Thank you Dov for solving that problem.

     

    I would like to make you aware of the following: There is an updated version of the Adobe Type Basics; called Adobe Type Basics OpenType Edition.

    Instead of PostScript fonts (which can often be problematic, as you noticed) this package includes OpenType fonts that have many benefits like larger character sets, Unicode support, OpenType features, and probably even bug fixes.

    I understand there are a lot of reasons for installing older versions of fonts; but if it is just for the purpose of using them for new documents, I would recommend looking into an update.

    Just like other software, digital fonts may show their age after 11 years.

     
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    Aug 29, 2012 2:57 PM   in reply to Frank Grießhammer

    Although we at Adobe certainly do recommend use of OpenType font technology going forward and especially for new publishing projects for any number of very good reasons, Adobe does continue to fully support Type 1 fonts (FWIW, TrueType and OpenType fonts are every bit as much PostScript fonts as Type 1 or Type 3 fonts are) in all our applications as well as in our Adobe PostScript and Adobe PDF Print Engine products and has committed to do so for the indefinite future.

     

    In fact, Adobe still does license and ship Type 1 fonts in fairly high quantities. Every printer sold with Adobe PostScript 3 by Adobe's OEM partners such as Xerox, Ricoh, Canon, Océ, EFI, etc. is accompanied with host software that includes the Windows and Macintosh host versions of all the Type 1 fonts that are also printer resident.

     

    Actually, the problem that the OP of this thread was experiencing is that apparently, the Adobe Type Basics was built without the .pfm files that normally were shipped with all Adobe type packages for Windows. When ATM was required for installation of those fonts, since ATM had the capability of building .pfm files on-the-fly, this omission wasn't noticed at the time by most users (even I wasn't aware of it until today). Otherwise, there was nothing wrong with those fonts and there was nothing about them that was “showing their age.”

     

    Unfortunately, the Adobe Type Basics OpenType Edition is not a superset of the fonts in the original Adobe Type Basics product. Many of the font families of the original product were replaced by totally different font families. Updating to the OpenType-based product would not have solved the OP's problem without possibly needing to license a whole bunch of additional font families individually, possibly costing more than the $99 for the Adobe Type Basics OpenType Edition itself. For existing content (including templates and artwork), it is not simple to move from Type 1 to OpenType without going through existing content and globally changing all font references. The OpenType versions of Adobe's font do not have the same names as the Type 1 versions - this was not an oversight, but done for good reason since there are differences between the products in encoding and metrics that could in some cases cause layout issues.

     

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    Aug 31, 2012 12:14 PM   in reply to kdcutler

    You must put the extracted .pfm file in the exact same directory as the .pfb file for the same font for the install process to work. In this particular case, you put the .pfm file on your desktop, but that isn't were your .pfb file is. Extract all the .pfm files to the location where you have the .pfb files and the install should work.

     

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    Sep 3, 2012 4:47 PM   in reply to kdcutler

    In your earlier postings, you mention a disk that you have on which there are .pfb files. Copy those files into the same directory into which you placed the .pfm files that you extracted from the .ZIP file I sent you. The .pfm and .pfb files must be in the same directory for the Windows font installer to work.

     

    Once you have those files in the same directory (not  the C:\Windows\fonts directory!!!), then right clicking on the .pfm file and selecting install should enable full and proper installation of the Type 1 font.

     

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    Sep 3, 2012 9:33 PM   in reply to kdcutler

    Congratulations!

     

    Simply click the Correct button under my previous post and that will effectively close the thread! 

     

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    Mar 24, 2013 5:57 PM   in reply to Dov Isaacs

    Hi Dov,

     

    You write:

    "Copy those files into the same directory into which you placed the .pfm files that you extracted from the .ZIP file I sent you. The .pfm and .pfb files must be in the same directory for the Windows font installer to work. 

     

    Once you have those files in the same directory (not the C:\Windows\fonts directory!!!), then right clicking on the .pfm file and selecting install should enable full and proper installation of the Type 1 font."

     

    However,

    i need the associated .pfm file to open the

    AT845.PFB on my new Windows 7 computer.Disk is no longer available .My (human) printer sent me the AT845.PFB to address my wedding invitations but i need your help to use them.

     

    Thanks,

     

    1234nh1234

     
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    Mar 24, 2013 8:39 PM   in reply to 1234nh1234

    Go back to your “(human) printer” for the .PFM file matching the .PFB file. Without the .PFM file, the .PFB file useless for you.

     

    Nothing we can do to help you otherwise from here!

     

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    Mar 27, 2013 9:03 PM   in reply to kdcutler

    Someone else asked a similar question.

     

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