Basics - Part 5
Basic Do's and Don'ts
DO use ATM for Type 1 font management.
Note: I recommend
ATM only and avoid other font managers. For the Mac®
you need ATM anyway, even if you use another font manager
(e.g. Suitcase or Font Reserve).
DO use the Windows® operating
system to manage TrueType® fonts on a PC. (no font
manager necessary for TrueType).
Note: If you
want to organize TrueType fonts in sets or use auto-activation,
then use ATM® Deluxe on the PC for this purpose.
You can still install them using Windows if you want.
DON'T use more than one font manager
at a time for Type 1 or TrueType fonts on the PC. Never
use two different font managers at the same time for
DON'T install more than 200 TrueType
fonts on the PC at any one time. Installing more will
strain system resources and may cause programs to malfunction.
DON'T install both a TrueType and
a Type 1 font with the exact same PostScript® name.
Choose the TrueType or Type 1 version, but not both.
The PostScript name is used to identify the font. If
more than one font is using the same name, it can confuse
the font manager or the operating system.
Gothic Bold" is not the same as "CopprplGoth
Bd BT". Also "Helv" is not the same as
DO install COPIES of fonts in a
Macintosh®. On a Mac®, fonts are easily corrupted.
If your system should crash, fonts which are open at
the time could become damaged.
DO embed only Type 1 fonts in Adobe®
Acrobat® PDF files. Never embed TrueType fonts.
Reason: Adobe Acrobat uses PostScript and Type 1 fonts
are PostScript. Acrobat will attempt to convert TrueType
to Type 1 and sometimes they don't convert properly.
For print jobs sent
to a service provider:
DO use only Type 1 fonts. TrueType
is okay for screen displays or when rasterized (rendered
as bitmap images), but many service providers will not
accept jobs using TrueType fonts.
DO use Adobe fonts (from the Adobe
foundry) as your first choice. Reason: Most all
service providers use Adobe fonts. They are the standard
of the print industry.
Note: If you
use a non-Adobe font with the same PostScript name as
an Adobe font, your job may not output correctly unless
you supply the font to the service provider and they
If sending page
layout source files (e.g. QuarkXPress document files
and image files) to a service provider:
DO provide the service bureau with
all the fonts used in the print job. If Type 1 fonts
are from the Adobe foundry it may not necessary to supply
them. Check with your service provider.
Note: Check your font license
agreement to make sure this is permitted.
Note: If you
hand off a PDF file with embedded Type 1 fonts to a
service provider instead of page layout source files
it is not necessary to provide the fonts.
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