I use InDesign all day for client work. Our clients sometimes send us their own designs using Adobe fonts that have to be activated. 10 out of 10 times, InDesign does not activate all the fonts. It just sits there spinning. So I go between the Creative Cloud App, and using the browser to go to fonts, quit InDesign, activate/deactivate multiple times to try to get this to work. Somse styles will activate, others won't in the same font family. It is a huge TIME SUCK in my workflow during the day.
What is the trick to get this to work? I'm considering requiring all clients to only to use OpenType or TrueType fonts and banning all use of activated Adobe fonts.
InDesign 15.1.3 on Mac OS X Catalina 10.15.7
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This normally happens when there is a conflict in your fonts and Adobe gets confused as to which fonts need activated and which you already have. Best to check if you have system fonts/other fons outside of the Adobe setup that conflict or are causing a problem.
I have had this previously as well.
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...I'm considering requiring all clients to only to use OpenType or TrueType fonts and banning all use of activated Adobe fonts.
Requiring clients to use OpenType fonts exclusively would be a very good move! OpenType fonts are based on the Unicode character set, are cross-platform, and became the computer industry's standard in 2000 (yes, 21 years ago).
They come in 2 "flavors," OpenType/PostScript flavored (OTF) and OpenType/TrueType flavored (TT). There's little difference other than where their parental roots lie.
But old-style TrueType? Nope. Ban those!
FYI, the fonts from Adobe are all OpenType. The problem you're having is extremely common on these forums, so search for it and you'll find many more recommendations. As @Ian Sayers stated, it's probably due to more than one version of the font being installed on your computer, maybe in different folders, maybe with slightly different names (like Garamond (OTF) and Garamond (TT)). Or from competing font foundries or cloud font services, like Adobe vs Linotype/Fonts.com.
The Adobe fonts are "cloud" fonts; that is, they are installed, activated, deactivated, and synchronized by Adobe. And they are considered a "service" by manufacturers. Other cloud font services also regulate how you can use the font, such as whether you can embed it into a PDF for press or for the web, and charge an additional licensing fee for each usage for each edition of the publication.
We've been able to improve the situation at our studio (but not totally correct it) by taking these actions:
If you've read this far down, you can get even more confused about fonts by reading this from Adobe's online help. It should thoroughly erase any hope of understanding you thought you had about fonts: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/add-your-fonts-to-creative-cloud.html and while you're at it, also read https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/user-guide.html/indesign/using/using-fonts.ug.html
Take comfort knowing that you're not alone in this font hell. We customers will be here together for the long-term. The only escape we've found is to use open source fonts exclusively (no extra licensing fees for doing what you need to do with fonts) and install them the traditional way: download, install, activate and deactivate as needed. Consider https://fonts.google.com/
As Adobe's Dov Isaacs has said on this forum, "font is a 4-letter word that begins with "f."
Good luck with this. Hope that at least a byte's worth of this info helps ease your pain.
This is a great full indepth report on things. Now go clean up those fonts and only use Adobe fonts going forward ! LOL