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Variable fonts not working properly in Indesign 19.0

New Here ,
Oct 17, 2023 Oct 17, 2023

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Hi, I had been using Marlide Display Variable font in Indesign with no issues until I updated from Indesign 18.5 to 19.0. Now Marlide Display weights seem to be all jumbled and not consistent. I'm guessing this is a bug in the new Indesign update?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 18, 2023 Oct 18, 2023

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i have the same issue. It has nothing to do with font cache and it isn't an issue with the font itself. it has to be a bug in the adobe ecosystem

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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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I am having the same issue! This is a Google font; I removed and reinstalled it but nothing changed. 

 Screenshot 2023-10-19 at 1.46.23 PM.png

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Community Expert ,
Oct 20, 2023 Oct 20, 2023

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Hi together,

if you export to PDF, will the text rendered in the right font weight?

I think this is a new bug; seen some reports here in the forum where this happened.

How large is the weight of the font? More than about 700 ?

 

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Uwe Laubender
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Community Beginner ,
Oct 20, 2023 Oct 20, 2023

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I have the same problems after the update to Indesign 19 as mentioned above. In this case with the Ysabeau Black - Google font. If exported to pdf the font rendered correct but the spacing is not as it should be. This is a big problem and will mean that we cannot use Indesign 19.0 until solved 😞

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Community Expert ,
Oct 20, 2023 Oct 20, 2023

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Hi @christel_applepie ,

that's indeed a bad situation, your image shown inline:

Scherm_afbeelding 2023-10-20 om 14.13.11.png

 

I had hope that the spacing in the exported PDF would be correct; apparently it is not!

 

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Uwe Laubender
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Community Beginner ,
Oct 20, 2023 Oct 20, 2023

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It also has nothing to do with the font weight. The bug exists with weight values more and less than 700. In addition the variable font settings are extremely laggy and slow in general since the update. 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2023 Dec 15, 2023

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I just updated my Indesign to version 19.1 and the problem as mentioned above seems solved. Hope it stays this way 🙂

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Community Expert ,
Oct 20, 2023 Oct 20, 2023

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Ok. Every one reading this thread and is affected, vote for fixing the bug with variable fonts in InDesign 2024 version 19.0.0.151 on InDesign UserVoice:

 

Problem with Variable font weights.
John Nolan, Oct 13 2023
https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601180-adobe-indesign-bugs/suggestions/47344655-problem-with-v...

Quoting John: "Some variable fonts works as expected, but for some, the font displays at a lighter weight (perhaps regular?) when the weight is set for anything heavier than about 750. It appears that the heavier weight's metrics are used."

 

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Uwe Laubender
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Explorer ,
Dec 14, 2023 Dec 14, 2023

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Still a problem in 19.01. Saw a post that it was fixed in a pre-release version, but that was 20 days ago. And the update from 12/13 does not fix the problem. Still getting jumbled weights in a text of thre same wieght varaible font, or charcter spacing incorrect on output with the correct weight displaying!

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Community Expert ,
Dec 14, 2023 Dec 14, 2023

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Hi @dbeattie-rcb ,

still have no access to InDesign version 19.1.0 here in Germany.

As I understand the issue, I could be wrong, there is more than one bug to fix.

Seems that some bugs are still not fixed yet and the engineers are looking further into it (I hope so).

 

So best provide sample files where you still see issues with InDesign version 19.1.0..

Do that on InDesign User Voice.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
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Community Expert ,
Dec 14, 2023 Dec 14, 2023

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19.0.1 is NOT 19.1.

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Explorer ,
Dec 15, 2023 Dec 15, 2023

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Yes, we know 19.0.1 is not 19.1. In the midst of dealing with the issue the bug caused, I did not notice the update that was available was 19.0.1 and NOT 19.1. The post about 19.1 being released was a little misleading as the 'phased rollout' disclaimer was somewhat minimized, but my mistake.

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