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Type 1 Fonts Suspension for Non Adobe Software

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Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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I am working for typesetting to make the Books and Journals production with below software

 

  1. 3B2
  2. LaTeX

 

Apart from this we are using other Adobe software in production, that is Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CamDraw for the image process.

 

Images processed through this software are using in the above application through which we make the typesetting pages and creating the pdf.

 

We are using the OTF font for all Adobe applications. However, for the other software listed above that used for making the pages we use the Type 1 fonts.

 

We need a clarification from  that if the Type 1 fonts are embedded in the PDF through non-Adobe application (listed above), whether there will be any challenges in the printing or open the PDF in any non-adobe software from Jan’23 onwards, should we continue to use type 1 fonts for PDF. Please provide firm answer based on the response we have to take a decision to continue with Type 1 or we have to move OTF. Based on the reponse we have to take big decesion. 

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Engaged ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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I know this dosn't answer your question directly, however, you should move toward OTF as soon as possible. If you are not forced to do so now, you will be in the future. It will be easier to make the move gradually, rather than scramble to do it under a tight deadline.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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LaTeX won't be affected by the removal of Adobe support of type 1. Nor will 3B2, but you'd have to check if they have specific plans. Nor will PDF files containing type 1 fail for viewing or printing, though editing may get pretty hard (but who'd edit a PDF, right?)  All Adobe apps can be expected not to support type 1 fonts for editing. I don't know about EPS support.  To emphasise, about PDF: the PDF specification includes type 1 fonts, and will forever, I expect. So Adobe must continue to view and print type 1 fonts in PDF forever.  Some have suggested that Apple and/or Microsoft will be removing type 1 support for installed fonts, which would knock out almost all apps (but not LaTeX creation of PDF).

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Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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Get an app like TransType and convert your fonts to the newer formats and the problem will be solved.

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Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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Get an app like TransType and convert your fonts to the newer formats and the problem will be solved.


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That's an idea, but the licence terms need to support that. However, for Latex and third-party software, it all depends on that software. Even older Adobe programs (like InDesign 2022) will still continue to support Type 1 Fonts. It is not that the licence of Type 1 fonts has been revoked.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Type 1 fonts are part of the PDF definition and will stay. Font embedding is no problem. The Adobe announcement only concerns Adobe programs. As Adobe has donated the PDF specification to a standardization organization, it is not in Adobe's hands to change unilateral the specifications. And up to my knowledge, there is no effort that points in that direction.

 

As Acrobat adheres to the PDF standard, it is no question that Acrobat will support Type 1 fonts, when embedded.

 

See also here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/adobe-fonts-discussions/support-for-authoring-with-postscript-type-1-...

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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