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Question about Windows/Mac compatibility

Apr 21, 2013 10:19 PM

Good day,

 

I'll just get right to the questions--are there any known issues with InDesign data being created with a Mac showing up strange or being different when opened with InDesign installed on Windows, or vice versa? Are there any tangible benefits that exist when using InDesign with operating system over the other?

 

Thank you for your help.

 
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    Apr 22, 2013 1:33 AM   in reply to grittyminder

    Unless some third-party plugin was used that is differnt or not available across platforms, the only problems or differences should be in fonts. Windows cannot use Mac-format .dfont, TrueType or Type1 fonts at all, but Mac can use Windows fonts (TT in the normal font locations, T1 in the private InDesign fonts folder), and in cases where a same-named font (but paltform appropriate) is used on both platforms in either TT or T1 formats there is the potential for text flow differences between differnt versions. Best practice for working cross-platform is to use OpenType fonts only.

     
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    Apr 22, 2013 6:35 AM   in reply to grittyminder

    I might be, might not. Best practice is to NOT use .dfont, and use OpenType if possible. If you can't use OpenType, second best is Windows TrueType.

     
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    Apr 22, 2013 11:48 AM   in reply to grittyminder

    So called “font conversion software” cannot be relied upon to always do a lossless format conversion. Peter's advice to use OpenType fonts is 100% correct. In terms of functionality, which platform you use is essentially irrelevant. We provide full functionality on both platforms.

     

    With careful planning in terms of font usage and file naming, you can readily have a publication for which both Windows and Macintosh-based users of InDesign work.

     

           - Dov

     
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    Apr 23, 2013 4:51 PM   in reply to grittyminder

    Simple. Buy everyone OpenType fonts.

     
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    Apr 24, 2013 12:50 AM   in reply to grittyminder

    ID can use any font that's installed on the system in the normal manner  (as long as they are up to snuff -- ID is particular about font quality and occasionally does not recognize a poorly made font), as well as fonts that are installed in the Adobe Common fonts folder and the InDesign private fonts folder. There is no way to hide fonts from ID that are installed by the OS. Duplicate fonts can be a problem (this is usually not an issue with OpenType except fonts provided by Microsoft). A server-based font manager might help, along with a list of acceptable fonts, or of prohibited fonts, for use in publications.

     
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