Variable Font Support for FrameMaker 2019

Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2020

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We just switched corporate fonts to Barlow, and I cannot seem to get Barlow Condensed (otf) to be both bold and italic. Right now, it's an either/or situation. Is there any support yet for variable fonts?  With InDesign, I can adjust the skew of the text to get it to work, but the character designer in FM doesnt' have that option. The font works just fine in Office applications.

 

I am on FrameMaker 2019, v 15.0.5.838, but users on other versions of Frame 19 and 17 are having the same issue. Is there a workaround?

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 18, 2020
Barb Binder Adobe Community Professional , Mar 18, 2020
FrameMaker does not support variable fonts.    Where are you getting your Barlow Condensed? Google fonts has a version that should work. https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Barlow+Condensed   ~Barb

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 16, 2020

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Does Barlow Condensed even include a "Bold" instance? It might only offer Black and ExtraBold, and both of those appear to be available in Italic forms.

 

Separately, with some fonts (historically Type 1), when the default printer is Postscript or Ps-like (PDF), FM can sometimes offer a "Bolded" or "Oblique" transformation might suffice. I don't know is any variants of Barlow could be so used.

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It does, and I can get either bold or oblique, just not both at once. I can set it to oblique, for example, and the second I select "bold" in the paragraph designer, the angle flips back to regular, and vice versa. 

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I suspect what you need is to be setting is a font name of Barlow Condensed BlackItalic or Barlow Condensed BoldItalic, and not trying to use the FM font attributes on a base font name. Names may vary by foundry.

 

Sounds like corporate marcom bungled the typeface innovation. They tend to excel at that. At least Barlow is legible, and you can actually distinguish "1" from "l".

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FrameMaker does not support variable fonts. 

 

Where are you getting your Barlow Condensed? Google fonts has a version that should work. https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Barlow+Condensed

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~Barb

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Barb, this did the trick! Thank you! We were trying to use the Open Type fonts provided by the graphic design people. True Type solved the problem.

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You are welcome, SMHarney.

 

~Barb

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