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No more Charter ITC - so what now?

Community Beginner ,
Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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Adobe/InDesign says that starting in 2023, it will no longer support tType 1 fonts such as Charter ITC, which unfortunately is the main body text font in the newsletter I design. I understand, change is necessary amd we have to adapt. However, it would be helpful to have some guidance on finding a font to replace this old workhorse. Charter is very readable and attractive.

 

And so I spent this afternoon activating and trying out numerous serif fonts in Adobe Fonts, but all of them change the look and feel and none is quite right.  I tried Googling "Charter ITC is similar to .... ", etc. to no avail. 

 

Any advice?

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LEGEND , Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021
Adobe are getting rid of the type 1 format, but any popular font will have been available for years in OTF format. Certainly, Charter ITC is sold, here: https://www.fonts.com/font/itc/itc-charter

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Adobe are getting rid of the type 1 format, but any popular font will have been available for years in OTF format. Certainly, Charter ITC is sold, here: https://www.fonts.com/font/itc/itc-charter

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Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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Well, I'd be happy to fork out the money to save some headaches, but I need the whole Charter ITC family. Total cost: $240. I am still looking for a similar font from Adobe. Calluna from Adobe Fonts)is pretty close except for the old-style numerals.. Annoying! Still looking...

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If you know who you originally licensed the Type 1 Charter family from, you may find that if you go back to the same vendor or foundry, they may offer you a special price for upgrading from Type 1 to OpenType.

 

Try that before trying to replace one font family with one with very different characteristics.

 

In any case, if you can license an OpenType version of ITC Charter, even at $240 it may be less expensive than the cost of your time which I am sure is worth something!

 

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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