Helvetica is not installed by default by the Creative Cloud or InDesign.
You can add additional fonts with Typeset in InDesign or other CC applications. In InDesign, choose Type > Find Fonts from Typekit to see what's available. Only fonts marked as "Desktop" can be used in desktop applications like InDesign.
There is a Helvetica included in the Mac OS, but this is not supposed for print.
You need to buy Helvetica, Helvetica Neue (= "Helvetica new font") which is similar as OTF best.
If you have the typekit, try other san serif like Myriad Pro or others which are included.
I think Acrobat does actually come with Helvetica. Not sure where it's
installed to, though.
AAIK these fonts are installed inside the program package (hidden for normal users) and only available for Acrobat itself, not for any other application. I think in version XI Helvetica is replaced with a type of Mayriad (not the Pro version).
These fonts are needed for form filling purposes.
They must not moved to any other place as Acrobat will search them here.
Acrobat X and XI replace Helvetica with Myriad Pro. You must have to go back to an earlier version of Acrobat to find it in Package Contents.
Yes, it is Pro, I did a look:
The fonts are here (Acrobat XI Pro Mac as example):
- /Applications/[Adobe Acrobat\ XI Pro]/Adobe Acrobat Pro.app/Contents/Resources/Resource/Font
Following Fonts are included:
Helvetica does not come with any recent version of Acrobat. The last version of Acrobat that bundled Helvetica was Acrobat 3 back in the mid-1990s.
Actually, no, Acrobat doesn't normally use Myriad Pro as a replacement font for Helvetica!
Normally, if Acrobat needs Helvetica and Helvetica (by that name and not Helvetica Neue or Helvetica LT Std, etc.) is not available, it will attempt to find and use Arial. Why? The Arial distributed by Microsoft and also installed on MacOS has major similarities to Helvetica's design and this particular Arial version was manipulated to have the same “set widths” as the Type 1 Helvetica font originally found in Adobe PostScript-based printers and RIPs.
To directly respond to your question, there is no “free” version of Helvetica bundled with Windows and the version of Helvetica bundled with MacOS is a .dfont variant of TrueType Helvetica that may problematic for publishing use.
Otherwise, Helvetica is a trademarked, commercial font. It is not “free” and anyone offering you a “free” copy or version of Helvetica is doing so outside the law.
Adobe does not bundle any version of Helvetica with any applications. Nor is it available via TypeKit.
You can license Helvetica, Helvetica Neue, etc. from commercial font vendors including Adobe, Monotype, etc.
If your needs are not exact and you are on a strict budget, Arial may do. Arial is bundled with both Windows and MacOS.
@Dov: No Helvetica? When a textfield form field is created in Acrobat
XI, the first option in the dropdown of the font menu under properties
for that field is Helvetica (4 flavors).