Well, it was luck that it worked until now. The names of the font faces may vary and than it will not work changing just the font family. If you want to change Helvetica to Futura the best and common way is to use "Type > Find font" and replace the wrong font family there. Or you use character styles.
Thank you for you reply Steffen, but I'm not convinced. Any other responses out there?
How is the exact workflow. Do you just drag a doc-file into InDesign? Or do you copy paste the text? I tried to reproduce your workflow. But by dragging the doc into my InDesign document it instantly looses all illegal formats, because Word uses for bold and italic styles not the correct font face. It sqeezes and streches as it wants.
Only one more thing comes to my mind: "Preference > Clipboard handling" There you can setup if formatted text from external programms is copied or not (text only).
Tell us if you find the answer.
I believe the issue lies in the font palette. Here is what I used to do.
- New document.
- Create text box.
- Select text box.
- CMD + D
- Select word doc
- Text is imported with bolds, italics, etc.
At this point, let's say I want font to be Myriad Pro...but I want the bold to remain bold and italic to remain italic.
- Select text box.
- Type font name into font palette (No dropdown or popup menu used to appear, now it does). Used to just type Myriad Pro then hit return.
- Font in text would retain bolds and italics and become Myriad Pro. So if a line in the text imported as Helvetica Bold, it would now be Myriad Pro Bold.
Now when I do this, it just changed ALL of the text to ONE font. If I type in Myriad Pro, a drop-down menu appears and automatically selects Myriad Pro Condensed.
I hope that helps. I know I'm not crazy. This is what I have done forever. I use InDesign every day...and have for years. I rebooted my mac two days ago and this problem appeared. It seemed like some sort of awful update. haha. When I rebooted, I lost all of my preferences. InDesign went back to points and picas instead of inches. Smart guides appeared, I had to turn those off again. Stuff like that.
It might have to do with name conflict. For instance, Helvetica uses Oblique while Futura uses Medium Italic. That said, testing Helvetica/Myriad Pro conversion it keeps the format. You just have to select the general name from the drop-down menu e.g. the name with the arrow before it.
Cool. I learned something. Thanks. Didn't even know that there is a dropdown for options.
Me too. I just stumbled upon it. I told a friend of mine and he didn't know it existed either. lol. I'm glad we all learned something today. Hope this helps someone else in the future. It's consumed my entire morning.