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Adobe not supporting true type fonts (.ttf) starting 2023 - how to manage template change to .otf

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Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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I lead a large team of adobe users within one company all using branded templates in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier and After Effects. Our brand and subsequently all of our templates use the font family Open Sans. Open Sans is a type 1 font with the file extension .ttf . When we use our Adobe templates we have an error message that tells us Open Sans will no longer be supported starting 2023 because it is a Type 1 font. My questions are all around how I'm going to transition all of our branded templates through this change:
- Will Open Sans be available as a .OTF font?
- If yes, when?
- If not, how do I know what fonts within the Adobe fonts library are .otf so that I can update our templates? 

Many thanks to anyone able to help

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Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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Hey

 

Adobe are discontinuing support for True Type - as a lot of other platforms have done so, and it makes no sense to allow a TTF to be used when it needs to be ported to a system, like ePub for example, where it is not supported by ePub readers, let alone HTML and other online platforms, such as Apps, mobiles etc.

 

Open Sans is a font from Google and is available from Adobe Fonts

https://fonts.adobe.com/fonts/open-sans

 

I think it's a message about the fonts that will no longer be available from that date to be used in the document.

 

There's plenty of time to start making the change.

I would think that you can still open the files and you can replace the font with the Open Type version.

 

 

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LEGEND ,
Nov 17, 2021 Nov 17, 2021

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Just to be clear: you refer to TrueType (.ttf) in your subject, and type 1 fonts in your message. These are completely different things. 

Type 1 support is going away (except in PDF) but I have not read that TrueType support is ending at all. 

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Nov 17, 2021 Nov 17, 2021

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Hi Belinda,

TrueType fonts are still supported beyond 2023!

 

The message clearly says that "Type-1 fonts will no longer be supported starting 2023" :

 

adobe.png

 

Eugene is wrong.

 

There is a big misunderstanding:

Your Open Sans font styles are not Type 1 PostScript fonts.

The "Type 1" info that is bundled with the word "TrueType" you may see only means that glyph shapes in that font is using some aspects of the old Type 1 PostScript fonts, and that are bezier curves technology to describe the glyphs.

 

You may find more details here:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/typography/opentype/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/typography/opentype/otspec181/otff

 

Now, why does this message may pop up if you are sure that there are no old PostScript Type-1 fonts used in the document? You may have used some of those in the past. And that information is still present and listed inside the document's code. To proof this do the following:

 

[1] Export the document to IDML.
[2] Open the IDML package, it's nothing but a zip container file, and inspect the Fonts.xml file in the package.
[3] Look after:

 

FontType="Type1"

 

in the XML code and you have found your PostScript Type 1 font styles that are still listed in the document.

Could be that there are entries of font styles listed that once were used in the document, but are not used anymore.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

 

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Eugene is wrong.


By @Laubender

Eh - thanks.

 

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Nov 17, 2021 Nov 17, 2021

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Hi Belinda,

how many Type 1 fonts does the Find Fonts panel list at the top of the panel?

Type > Find Font…

 

Below a screenshot from my German InDesign 2022 where three Open Sans Condensed fonts from Adobe Fonts are activated. The number of used Type 1-Fonts that are listed is 0. That means that all the text in the document is not formatted with Type 1-Fonts.

 

It does not mean, that the document "needs" no Type 1-font styles, because there could be paragraph styles and character styles that are not in use, that require some of the old Type 1-PostScript-Fonts.

 

OpenSansCondensedBold-from-Adobe.PNG

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Please see https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/font-support/m-p/12051424#M430049 to see Dov Isaacs statement, on behalf of Adobe, from this past May that "support for TrueType fonts will continue for the indefinite future." The thread also explains that the Open Type format is actually an extension of "the original TrueType format in terms of file format."

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