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Everything posted by kenmcd

  1. It is only a matter of time before we see some frantic posts here in the forum by a user with a looming deadline - and they have an odd unforseen problem caused by using restricted fonts. What happens when the font deal changes or goes away? Just look at all the problems with the Apple "document-support" fonts. Rented fonts have the same problems as rented applications. Own your fonts.
  2. OCRB came with Office XP and Office 2000 (v1.01) and some others. Now the only place OCRB is available (AFAIK) is in the O365 Cloud Fonts (v1.56). And there are other versions out there from BT and Monotype, etc. The Microsoft version has always been named OCRB, not OCR-B (AFAIK). There are some OCR-B versions floating around out there. Perhaps that is the problem. OCR A Extended v1.80 comes with MS Office for quite awhile now (2003-2019). Previously it came with various MS apps - Win95, Publisher 98, Plus! packs, etc. @Row13 Can you attach the PDF? I cannot imagine why Affinity cannot match the OCRB font. And what version of the OCRB font do you have installed? Note: also Adobe Font Folio 11 has OCR A Std and OCR B Std
  3. Looks like he installed both the statics and the variable. @Bill.RGoogle Font's variable fonts are designed to be interchangeable with the static fonts. This means the named instantances in the variable font have the same names as the static fonts. So if you have both installed you will have font name conflicts. So even if you are using a application which does support variable fonts, you should not have both the variable and statics installed.
  4. I cannot test the Alt+xxxx in Word as I am on a laptop with no keypad. But the xxxx (the Unicode code) then Alt+x method works. Type 2022 then Alt-x and you have a bullet. This also works in other Windows apps such as LibreOffice, etc. The only thing which seems to work in APub is entering the Unicode codes. First type Alt+U to get in the Unicode mode. Then type U+2022 (Unicode code for a bullet) Then type Alt+U again and the bullet will appear. It would be really nice if the Alt+x method worked in Affinity applications as it is more universal.
  5. This is normal. All of those fonts have the same .notdef glyph. Bodoni MT and Book Antiqua come with MS Office and have not changed in many years. The issue is not the fonts. And the Alt+code has been a part of the Windows operating system for many years. (those codes are the decimal character codes for the old Windows-1252 encoding) Something is happening on your system which is interfering with the Windows Alt+code feature which is then inputting the odd codes like above. Do you have any other app which may be capturing those keystrokes?
  6. The squares are the .notdef glyph (not defined) which is appropriate as U+0013 and U+0011 do not exist in the Arial font. This is odd, and may be a clue. This should definitely work in Word. What keyboard layout are you using in Windows?
  7. Sounds like, and the image looks like, a font cache corruption. Clear your font cache.
  8. @RayMK You can open the Designer file in APub and then you can use the Font Manager as @firstdefence described above. And you can always do an Export to PDF, and then check what fonts are embedded in the PDF.
  9. This is Apple's problem. And they should fix it. The idea you cannot install and use a commercial font is ridiculous. You may be allowed to rename the commercial font - check the license from Adobe Fonts, or MyFonts (may be different). Athelas is also on Monotype, Linotype, TypeTogether, etc., etc. Note: I was thinking there is an Athelas Pro (which is a different name, which will work), but that is apparently is a different one of the "document-support" fonts we have discussed here in the forum (it had a Pro version on MyFonts).
  10. Do not install both OTF and TTF versions of the same fonts - this will cause conflicts in Affinity applications. Seeing "9 option" is the result of having multiple versions installed. "I installed just 5 font types" does not make sense. Google fonts only has three styles for their OFL version (TTF). Adobe fonts has four styles for their commercial version (OTF). Fonts from other places may be broken. For example the four OTF fonts from Font Squirrel have broken names (with name conflicts), the vertical metrics need to be fixed, and the four fonts do not all have the same character set. And they have virtually no kerning at all (12 pairs). Do not use Oxygen fonts from font download sites. Often when multiple versions are installed and causing conflicts, Affinity applications will sometimes show nothing. Not sure what the first two images are supposed to show, but the third image which looks like characters on top of each other is often caused by installing multiple versions of the same fonts, or without un-installing the old versions first (and making sure the files are gone), and ending up with multiple versions of the font files in the Fonts directories. Un-install all the fonts, then check both the Windows Fonts folder and your User Fonts folder, and delete any Oxygen font file leftovers. Then install one version of the fonts (which is not broken). I do not have the Adobe Fonts version - so I have not checked it. The Google Fonts version is fine.
  11. You have the perfect storm of fonts with difficult naming issues. The Arial Narrow family from the Windows version of MS Office has "Arial" as the Typographic Family, but has "Arial Narrow" as the Font Family (style group). For font "best practices" these should be the same. This may be confusing the Affinity font matching. The name you see in your dialog image above - e.g "ArialNarrow-BoldItalic" is the PostScript Name. Affinity should be able to match on the PostScript Name, but that does not appear to be what they are doing. The Arial Narrow family from the Mac version of MS Office has "Arial Narrow" as the Typographic Family, and has "Arial Narrow" as the Font Family (style group) also. And the PostScript Names are the same. BUT, they only have Italic and BoldItalic fonts in the style group, and that violates the OpenType specs and common sense. From your image I cannot tell if you have the Windows or Mac fonts as the PostScript Names are the same in both. Again, Affinity should be able to match on the PostScript Name, but that does not appear to be what they are doing. Regarding the Futura PT fonts - the names inside the entire family are basically a font nightmare. Nothing is correct. Amazingly they are still being sold on MyFonts like this. So trying to match based on the family names and styles is quite a mess, and even the other settings such as the weight numbers are also a mess. These issues are probably confusing the Affinity font matching. But, again, Affinity should be able to match on the PostScript Name, but that does not appear to be what they are doing. Do not know why they are not matching on the PostScript Name as that makes the most sense given that is what is normally embedded in the PDF. So unfortunately nothing you can do here. Affinity needs to fix this. Use search/replace to replace the fonts.
  12. Please attach a screenshot of the opening dialog which lists the fonts to replace. That should show the font names embedded in the PDF. Some applications embed the fonts with font names that do not match-up with the PostScript Name (which is usually what is used). Affinity fails to match the names in that case. Do you know what application was used to create the PDF? That is often in the PDF document info.
  13. Odd metrics in that font. The Typo metrics (used by Affinity and many other apps) add up to exactly 1,000. So basically the default line spacing is 100%. The Mac and Win metrics both add up to a little over 150%. Which makes more sense for a handwriting font. So odd settings in that font explains your issue. And as you have found setting a fixed leading is the solution.
  14. No. The default line spacing is determined by the ascender/descender settings inside the font. With a plain-vanilla text font you generally want those to add up to approx. 120%. But decorative fonts can be much more. As @walt.farrellmentions above the descender and ascender are almost touching (not good) and it just looks tight. And what handwriting would be that tight? The font needs some tweaking.
  15. @AlboWhat font is that? The vertical metrics do seem to be too tight.
  16. The Athelas fonts are in a TTC file (a TrueType collection file). So you have to extract the individual TTF files and then rename the fonts (not just the file name). In one of the other threads here in the forum a user gave step-by-step instructions using FontForge. You can also use FontCreator. Easiest is to use FontLab 8 if you have that available.
  17. Athelas is what Apple now calls a "Document-support" font. Fonts included with macOS Ventura https://support.apple.com/en-asia/HT213266 "These fonts are available only to documents that already use the font, or to apps that request the font by name. Some are older fonts that were included with earlier versions of macOS or Apple apps." It appears this is not working in Affinity applications. Search this forum for "Athelas" to see other discussions. The only work-around I am aware of is to rename the fonts. The commercial version is named differently so that will also work.
  18. From an old post by Moderator SeanP: "There is a known issue that PostScript fonts are not displaying in the Glyph Browser ..."
  19. This is quite odd. In the Std and Pro newer versions of this font the Light is in a style group with the Bold, but it does not display like this in the Glyph Browser. Is this an old Type 1 font? Do any of the Univers fonts appear in the Glyph Browser? IIRC with Type 1 fonts the glyphs do not appear. What version is this Univers font family? Univers LT Std v1.029 family and styles do not display like this in the Glyph Browser. And the glyphs show fine. Regarding Photina MT - not sure what issue your image is supposed to show. Photina MT may be really old conversion fonts (and may be badly configured). The newer OTF releases are named Photina MT Std and Pro.
  20. IIRC Minion Pro has a way of handling fractions which enables the user to just type, but it requires a particular sequence of characters. IIRC the OpenType fractions feature does not just use the usual ligatures substitutions, but it also uses contextual alternates (so the fraction is triggered by the following space or punctuation). Never did find any documentation of how it is supposed to work. A few other Adobe fonts work the same way. So you may be able type a 1, then a ZWS or hairspace, and then 3/16, and then space (and the text style has Fractions On by default). Then you can align that text as you wish. On my phone at the moment so I cannot look inside the font or test (can look later today).
  21. The versions you have were probably found thru a web search - and most of those are broken with name conflicts like this. There are no "HelveticaNeue" (no space) official fonts. The macOS Helvetica Neue is also broken. It may work in Apple applications and most of Adopey apps, but it will never work properly in Word, LibreOffice, and apps like Affinity. Apple did this on purpose to prevent others from using their fonts. Helvetica Neue LT Std (which is easy to find as it is in the old Adobe Font Folio 11) has a different family name so there will be no name conflicts like you have now. Same with Helvetica Neue LT Pro. BUT, both of those font families are configured with multiple R/I/B/BI style groups (2), and Affinity apps do not handle multiple R/I/B/BI style groups well. The fonts may or may not work properly. They may appear to work and then you may have the wrong font(s) get embedded in a PDF. One thing is for sure is you need to get rid of the broken non-macOS Helvetica fonts. They will continue to cause problems. The Std or Pro or WG1 versions have different family names which will not conflict with the macOS versions. So they may work for you. If you have something like TransType, you can rename the fonts to work properly (if you know what you are doing). You may want to consider Helvetica Now. Being a much more modern font family it does not have the old numbered font naming issues, or the R/I/B/BI style groups naming issues. Or consider changing to one of the many free or less expensive options available now.
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