Font Formats

OpenType:
OpenType was developed by Microsoft and Adobe to be the successor to the TrueType font format which was developed by Apple Computer and licensed by Microsoft, and the Type 1 (postscript) font format developed by Adobe.
The two main benefits of the OpenType format are its cross-platform compatibility (the same font file works on Macintosh and Windows computers), and its ability to support widely expanded character sets and layout features, which provide richer linguistic support and advanced typographic control.

Macintosh PostScript:
It consists of two files: a “suitcase” screen files and a PostScript outline file. To work properly, both of these files must be installed in the same place. You must have ATM (Adobe Type Manager) installed for these fonts to work properly on OS7x, OS8x and OS9x. Macintosh OSX has native support for PostScript fonts.

Windows PostScript:
PostScript-format fonts for the PC consist of four files: PFB, PFM, AFM + INFO files. Windows 3.1, 95, 98 and ME requires ATM (Adobe Type Manager) to use PostScript fonts. Windows 2000 has native PostScript support.

Macintosh TrueType:
The Macintosh system has native support for TrueType fonts. Most of the fonts that came bundled with your Macintosh system are TrueType files. All of the font data in a TrueType font is contained in a single file.

Windows TrueType:
Windows has native support for TrueType fonts. Most of the fonts that came installed with your Windows 3.1, 95, 98 and ME system are TrueType files. All of the font data in a TrueType font is contained in a single TTF file.


Instalation

Macintosh OSX (PostScript/TrueType):
Install the fonts in the “Fonts” folder inside your “Library” folder. You can also use an application such as Extensis Suitcase, FontReserve or FontExplorer.
If you want your fonts to be available to applications running in “Classic” mode, copy install your fonts in the OS 9.1/9.2 System folder in the “Fonts” folder.

Macintosh OS7 / OS8.x / OS 9.x (PostScript/TrueType):
Make sure you don't have any applications open and that your System Folder is closed. Drag the bitmap suitcase and the printer font file of the fonts (if postscript) or the single TrueType font file, and drop them on top of your System Folder. Your Mac will tell you that it would like to put these in certain places; click on OK. The Macintosh System stores all of your font files in the “Fonts” folder inside your System Folder.
You must have ATM (Adobe Type Manager) to work properly with the fonts.

Mac OS under OS7:
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To install fonts under Macintosh System 6: You need Font/DA Mover included with your system software.

Windows 3.1 / 9x / ME (PostScript):
Unless you are running ATM (Adobe Type Manager), you should install the TrueType versions of the fonts. Please see the notes on Adobe Type Manager.

Windows 2000 / XP (PostScript):
Double click on the “My Computer” icon, then double click on the “Control Panel” icon. Find the “Fonts” icon and double click on it. In the “Fonts” window, go to the “File” menu and select “Install New Font.” In the “Drive” window, find the disk and directory that holds your fonts. Your fonts will appear in the “List of Fonts” menu. Click on the font names you wish to install, then click on OK.

Windows 9x / ME / 2000 / XP (TrueType):
The same as with postscript: double click on the “My Computer” icon, then double click on the “Control Panel” icon. Find the “Fonts” icon and double click on it. In the “Fonts” window, go to the “File” menu and select “Install New Font.” In the “Drive” window, find the disk and directory that holds your fonts. Your fonts will appear in the “List of Fonts” menu. Click on the font names you wish to install, then click on OK.


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