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Affinity Designer - Is there any way to see the list of fonts used?

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Hi, 

I just wanted to check if there a way to see the list of fonts used in a Affinity Designer document?

I generally convert all the fonts to curve before sending the file (PDF) to printer to avoid missing fonts issue.
But some font's don't get converted with ctrl+select (eg. fonts used in symbols). 
Finding the list of fonts in the document would help to identify if there's still some fonts that are not converted. 

Thank you.
 

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If you also have Publisher installed, you can find that via Document > Font Manager (toward the bottom of the Document menu).  I don't find anything analogous in pure Designer.  The Export persona might be a good place for it.

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4 hours ago, saikat said:

Hi, 

I just wanted to check if there a way to see the list of fonts used in a Affinity Designer document?
...... (eg. fonts used in symbols)

In Designer, at the top of the font dropdown there are the following listing options: All, Recent, Used, Favorites. 
(Used does include fonts within symbols 🙃)

 

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On 8/4/2020 at 3:03 AM, JimmyJack said:

In Designer, at the top of the font dropdown there are the following listing options: All, Recent, Used, Favorites. 
(Used does include fonts within symbols 🙃)

 

Thank you, JimmiJack.

Are you talking about the character panel?
I don't have the 'Used' in that drop down list (attached screenshot)

 

On 8/4/2020 at 2:45 AM, sfriedberg said:

If you also have Publisher installed, you can find that via Document > Font Manager (toward the bottom of the Document menu).  I don't find anything analogous in pure Designer.  The Export persona might be a good place for it.

Thanks you. Yes I noticed it in Publisher was looking for something similar in Designer.

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Hi saikat,
For the fonts used, select the artistic or frame text tools, go to the font dropdown in the context toolbar (on the top left) and check the tabs on top of the list - one of them is Used.
For the missing fonts go to the Character panel, click the first dropdown on the top left and switch it from All Fonts to Missing Fonts (it's visible in the screenshot posted above this reply).

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One way to show only the fonts that have actually been used in the document would be creating a PDF and then list the fonts used in it with Acrobat Reader (or Foxit Reader, or some other free PDF viewer):

fonts_used_pdf.jpg.284fb41a4e59ea68ddb970b702ef9515.jpg

This may be required when fonts with superfamilies are used in the document, as Affinity's "Used" tab shows the whole family and not just those fonts within the family that have actually been used:

fonts_used.jpg.56d6e22fe982e699c0d49651d5f87858.jpg

PDF listing also shows the kind of font used (font technology).

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Thank you, MEB and Lagarto. That's exactly what I was looking for.
Really appreciate it.

@Lagarto: Thanks for your other method. I used to do that when I used Acrobat earlier. But due to their subscription based licencing policy I had to stop using any product from that company.
It was very difficult as I used them for almost 2 decades... but now that I've managed to do it (thanks to the Affinity and BlackMagicDesign teams), I don't install anything from that company including their bloated free readers. That's  one of the reason I was looking for alternative ways to find what are the fonts used in a PDF.

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51 minutes ago, saikat said:

That's  one of the reason I was looking for alternative ways to find what are the fonts used in a PDF.

If you're on WIndows, you can use Foxit Reader or PDF-XChange Light, which both list the fonts used in a PDF document in free versions of these apps.  

There is also a command line utility PDFfonts - https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/2315/Xpdf-PDFfonts-Command-Line-Utility-to-List-Fonts-Used-in-a-PDF-File.html - for Windows, Linux and macOS that you can use to list fonts within a PDF (have not tested it, though).

EDIT: Seems to work as expected (and available also for Linux and 64-bit macOS), and scanning can be limited with a page range:

pdffonts.jpg.eb3904a66dbadda803c05f3983b96d7b.jpg

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2 hours ago, Lagarto said:

If you're on WIndows, you can use Foxit Reader or PDF-XChange Light, which both list the fonts used in a PDF document in free versions of these apps.  

There is also a command line utility PDFfonts - https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/2315/Xpdf-PDFfonts-Command-Line-Utility-to-List-Fonts-Used-in-a-PDF-File.html - for Windows, Linux and macOS that you can use to list fonts within a PDF (have not tested it, though).

Thanks for those references.

Adobe's free Acrobat Reader will also show the fonts in a PDF file via the File > Properties menu.


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Thanks again Lagarto. Checked those.
Foxit lists the font list along with names. XChange Lite lists the fonts but but doesn't tell the names!  https://imgur.com/wUdaN4K
These would be useful in the future.

Thanks Walt. He listed those as I didn't want use  any app from the mud house :)
 

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9 hours ago, saikat said:

XChange Lite lists the fonts but but doesn't tell the names!

Odd! Perhaps it is somehow related to font technology. For the test file I used it shows the names, as well (they appear to be PostScript names rather than menu names shown in the app user-interface, but the names are identical shown by Adobe Acrobat and the command-line utility, and also Foxit Reader (which additionally seems to prepend an embedding-specific ID):

xchange_fonts.jpg.80499e7a724edba1f50bf162ccec3826.jpg

I checked that this is not a PDFXChange Lite / Editor Plus difference so the free version should operate similarly in this respect as the paid version. But the font naming practises are varied and it seems that PDFXChange cannot read the font name from alternative identifying fields... 

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Hi.  I cannot get my version of Publisher (1.8.4) to display the Font Panel showing "All, Recent, Used, Favourites' – as indicated by MEB and Lagarto.  What am I doing wrong? 

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1 hour ago, Dali_ said:

Hi.  I cannot get my version of Publisher (1.8.4) to display the Font Panel showing "All, Recent, Used, Favourites' – as indicated by MEB and Lagarto.  What am I doing wrong? 

What @MEB described was the Font pulldown in the Context Toolbar, which should work when you have the Frame Text Tool or the Artistic Text Tool selected:

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Hi Wait.Farrell.  Thanks for the reply.  I am doing as you say, but I cannot see the 'pull-down' as you show, no matter what I click on.  See attached screedshot.  

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They ("Recent" but not "Used") are also available in the Character Panel:

recent_and_missing_fonts.jpg.864c46d737601f5e62390aeb35a2ee2a.jpg

As for pull-down with "Used", you need to click the font list at the top left, under the context tool bar, to display the large panel with "Used" and "Favorites" tabs.

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1 minute ago, Lagarto said:

They are also available in the Character Panel

Except for Used, which is in the Context Toolbar pulldown but not in the Character panel.


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5 minutes ago, Dali_ said:

 I am doing as you say, but I cannot see the 'pull-down' as you show, no matter what I click on.

So, if you click the pulldown arrow to the right of the font name, nothing happens? If so, that's weird.

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Hi Lagarto.  Yes, I can obtain the 'Character' panel, that is OK.  But the top left context dropdown is nowhere to be seen… is it hidden somewhere?  Do you need to access it via the View > Studio >  menu?

Screenshot 2020-09-03 at 17.50.53.png

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What I see is just the complete list of all the fonts available, but, no mention of 'Recent, Used," etc.  It does seem weird? 

Screenshot 2020-09-03 at 17.53.36.png

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Click on the Used

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They ARE there. I have myself done the same, somehow not seeing the obvious ;-) 

(It is probably the dark UI, the tabs do not appear to be part of the same control as the font list!)

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It is now appearing!.  Don't know what I just did... I seem to be lying... It is there now.  Thanks everyone for the replies.  I appear to be an idiot!

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