' 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
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?
I keep all my assets backed up on my server and put them on the computer I
am using at the time - I use a laptop and a desktop that are both set up as
identical as possible.
When I purchased the files from Fonts.com I received a zip file with the
following file formats intact:
.pfm (when I clicked properties I see this is what I actually installed -
selected them all and right clicked to select install)
They work properly in my Word but do not show up at all in my CS3 products.
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.
PS: I doubt whether you “own” any Helvetica fonts; what you do own are licenses to use those fonts.
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.
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.)
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.
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!