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Adobe discontinuing Mac Type 1 Fonts Support - will Affinity follow this route?


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I saw a notification in Indesign today that Adobe are discontinuing support for Type 1 Fonts on the Mac (in 2023 for Indesign & Illustrator, 2021 for Photoshop).

https://creativepro.com/adobe-is-ending-support-for-type-1-fontshttps://creativepro.com/adobe-is-ending-support-for-type-1-fonts

I understand Type 1 goes all the way back to the 80's, but a lot of the fonts I have are Type 1 - will Affinity continue to support them or will they be phased out too?

Just trying to work out if I should move my longterm Indesign documents to Affinity or just see if I can find OpenType versions instead…

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Hi @icreate,

My apologies for the delayed response here!

I have spoken with our developers regarding this, who confirmed the following;

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I don’t believe we plan to remove the Type 1 support we currently have. However, there’s no promise that that won’t change in the future.

Personally I’d consider converting any Type 1 fonts to OpenType ahead of time, to increase the lifespan of these fonts. This can be done in third party utilities.

I hope this helps clear things up :)

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I have had the following response from our Devs:

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For OpenType fonts we parse the kerning tables ourselves from the font file.
For Type1 fonts we ask the O/S for this information - Windows has an API for that, and macOS does not so this is unfortunately unsupported here.

Due to Type1 support being slowly phased out across the board, we don't plan on adding support to macOS at this time. Again we recommend converting these fonts where possible.

I hope this helps :)

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