6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 8, 2006 5:25 PM by (Michael_J_Wagner)

    PostScript fonts vs. Open Type comparison

      OK, here's the problem.
      My company has it's own graphics design department running MAC OS X which is using all PostScript fonts. We got a new digitalcolor laser printer (Xerox iGen3) (aka a digital press) with a WinXP front end (DFE) which has the Adobe Open Type fonts library installed. All new jobs created in the graphics design department will be utilizing the new Open Type fonts.
      All of the graphics designed until now are using the PS fonts on the MAC workstations which are not compatible with Microsoft.

      Any old graphics that we have on file will need to have the fonts changed to it's Open Type equivalent. To do that it appears that we would need to find it's equivalent by visually matching the fonts due to file name differences between PS and Open Type fonts.

      I am tasked to locate some sort of documentation (speadsheet, list, database) on the comparison or mapping of the two font types. For example, a PS font on the MAC is called Goudy, but the Open Type font doesn't have that file name and it has one called Bgoudy. Unless someone actually knows this it would be very hard to find the Goudy equivalent if you are looking in alphabetical order and in the G's section.

      Does anyone know of the type of documentation I am looking for? Or can you point me in another direction?
        • 1. Re: PostScript fonts vs. Open Type comparison
          Level 1
          I think this is what you're looking for:

          It's a complete match list with the following headings:

          Type 1 PostScript FontName
          Type 1 Mac Menu Name
          Type 1 Win/PC Menu Name
          Type 1 PC File Name Prefix
          Type 1 Mac Outline File Name
          Matching OpenType format font
          Matching OpenType format Mac Menu Name
          Matching OpenType format Win/PC Menu Name

          The notes are required reading! They explain some changes, and some items that
          might affect text reflow.

          The appropriate notes are associated with each listed font.

          1) Although this is the main font in the merged OpenType font, other Type 1
          fonts were also merged into the OpenType font, which thus has a larger glyph
          2) Although the glyphs of this font are present in the OpenType font it has been
          merged into, some or all of those glyphs are not the default forms for
          characters supported by that font. Such glyphs are only easily accessible in
          applications that support the relevant OpenType layout features, though they may
          also be accessible if the application only supports Unicode. See the OpenType
          User Guide for more informat
          3) This font is a "pi" or symbolic font. Unless it is also a supplemental font
          (note 2), see the "OpenType Pi Font Readme" for important usage notes
          4) This multiple master font has different instances, each of which corresponds
          to a different final OpenType fon
          5) This font has no exact match. It was a mathematically narrowed or obliqued
          font, which was replaced by a font that was designed to be condensed and/or
          italic. Particularly in the case of obliqued to condensed swaps, metrics are
          likely to be very differen
          6) Although the characters of this font are present in the OpenType font it has
          been merged into, accessing these characters requires that the application being
          used support Unicode to access extended language support from a single font. See
          the OpenType User Guide for more informatio
          • 2. Re: PostScript fonts vs. Open Type comparison
            Level 1
            This page is an excellent introduction to the whole Type 1 to OTF migration
            process. (I like the word 'migration' better than 'conversion'. It SOUNDS easier!)

            • 3. Re: PostScript fonts vs. Open Type comparison
              Level 1
              This is great Herb. I really appreciate it. It looks like it's everything we need. I will have our graphics dept look at it and make sure it's good for them.

              Thank you so much!!
              Mike Wagner
              • 5. Re: PostScript fonts vs. Open Type comparison
                Thomas Phinney Level 3
                I'm glad that those resources I put together are of some use. It took a long time to do....

                • 6. Re: PostScript fonts vs. Open Type comparison
                  Level 1
                  Thank you, those documents were exactly what we needed. The PDF was absolutely perfect for what we were looking for. I tried to get it into Excel or something so I could hide a few fields that may not be used but with no luck.
                  It made my Graphics Design department very happy including my VP.
                  I thought that there should be something available like that but it took me awhile to find it. Adobe support wasn't any help to me or one of my colleagues that had called in. I had also searched online for a few days.
                  This is great stuff and I really appreciate it.

                  Thanks again!!