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Just finished watching a WWDC session about the updates on Apple’s system font… they’re switching to a variable font file, and Im just wondering if I am going to be able to work with those new fonts once they’re released, on my iPad (and Mac). Are you guys planning to add variable font support?

iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)

MacBook (Early 2015)

iPadOS 13.5 (iPad top-button broken, constantly pressed, I am using a boot-workaround to get the ipad out of a boot loop, and scared that a newer version of iOS could brick the iPad) / Always running the latest apps

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In the light of the upcoming changes to the Apple platforms, the request for variable font support seems to get more importance than it may have had in the past. I guess there will be a day when Apple decides to remove the current non-variable styles of their San Francisco UI fonts from the developers page and leave only the single variable font file for download. And when that happens, design applications that do not support variable fonts will be difficult to use for developing apps intended for the Apple ecosystem. So, in a way, I have the impression it would make sense to start looking into this. Big Sur isn’t so far away anymore. 😀

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The fonts designer guy said « we will keep non-variable versions available for about two more years » on apple.com/fonts (the video is in the WWDC app)

 

I hope Affinity will get this sorted in two years :D

iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)

MacBook (Early 2015)

iPadOS 13.5 (iPad top-button broken, constantly pressed, I am using a boot-workaround to get the ipad out of a boot loop, and scared that a newer version of iOS could brick the iPad) / Always running the latest apps

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It’s not just the Apple ecosystem. Bahnschrift is already quite well established on Windows 10, and now there’s Cascadia Code, too.

 

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Oooh I remember playing with Bahnschrift and Myriad VAR on my version of Photoshop when they introduced Variable fonts in like 2017… good times

iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)

MacBook (Early 2015)

iPadOS 13.5 (iPad top-button broken, constantly pressed, I am using a boot-workaround to get the ipad out of a boot loop, and scared that a newer version of iOS could brick the iPad) / Always running the latest apps

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If I understand this correcly there is no possibility to add some fonts in ttf format in Affinity as you add brushes?

I’m working with Affinity Photo and Designer at my iPad Pro 12”

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Ashcat said:

If I understand this correcly there is no possibility to add some fonts in ttf format in Affinity as you add brushes?

Variable fonts (being discussed above) are different from regular TTF font files. I can confirm that 'normal' TTF fonts can be used in Affinity, simply install the font through your OS and you'll find it is available to use in any Affinity app.

For more info, please see here  - https://affinity.serif.com/store/resources-install-guide/#content:~:text=iPad%3A-,Installing fonts,Alternatively%2C you can double click on the font you wish to install and choose Install Font in the resulting dialog.

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Hi Affinity - support for variable fonts seem to be the only major feature missing from Publishers. I have many static fonts but there is often a style I cannot get without the variable sliding bars that I use in Adobe. It is really a joy and flexibility to use and hopefully it will make its way to Affinity products soon.

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Lack of variable font support is the main reason I give when my Adobe-using colleagues ask if there are any problems migrating over.

If there were some "a bunch of people chip in £50 to Affinity to get this fixed", I'd be there with my card details. It's a real blocker to migration.

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I'd like to see support for variable fonts in AD as well. Today was the first time it was a necessity, but I expect this will become an increasing need.

There are now a significant number of variable fonts supported at Google Fonts and although the use of webfonts is somewhat unrelated, I expect this the use of variable fonts in the design sphere will become more prevalent being that they are now more widely available.

https://fonts.google.com/variablefonts

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2 hours ago, simonlayfield said:

in the design sphere will become more prevalent being that they are now more widely available

They will, like we or not, so it would be high time.

I suppose there is varying level of operating system support for using variable fonts. On Big Sur 11.2.3 variable fonts are correctly rendered in Affinity apps, but they have totally wrong metrics (on the left, Affinity Publisher, on the right shown with correct metrics):

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On Windows only regular instance can be used. It might be same also on earlier macOS versions. It does not appear to require much to have support for using predefined instances of variable fonts, even if axis-specific linear variable adjustments were not supported.

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