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Restrict InDesign to only use Adobe CC fonts

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Mar 31, 2020

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Is there a setting in InDesign that would block a user from using any fonts other than Adobe CC fonts? (ie disable access to the InDesign Fonts folder, to system fonts, to Document Fonts folder, etc.) I need our documents to be totally portable across users and across computers, but people keep accidentally using fonts that only they have access to.

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Restrict InDesign to only use Adobe CC fonts

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Is there a setting in InDesign that would block a user from using any fonts other than Adobe CC fonts? (ie disable access to the InDesign Fonts folder, to system fonts, to Document Fonts folder, etc.) I need our documents to be totally portable across users and across computers, but people keep accidentally using fonts that only they have access to.

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- Dov Isaacs, Principal Scientist, Adobe

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Apr 01, 2020

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Thanks, Dov. 

 

For anyone who stumbles on this answer because you have similar concerns, here's what I decided to do:

 

1) Tell all our users to drop down the font box in ID and click the Cloud filter. That setting is persistent, so it will encourage them to only use cloud fonts from now on.

 

2) At some point I'll have someone go through all our old material and change every non-cloud font to a cloud font. It will be a long, horrible job, but worth it because we continually revisit old material to update it, etc.

 

Any suggestions on scripts, etc. that could make this plan work more easily? I'd love to have a clone of ID's "Missing Fonts" pop-up that was instead a "Non-Cloud Fonts" pop-up that would let us easily substitute a cloud font we choose for a specific non-cloud font used in the document.

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Apr 02, 2020

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Hi Andover_Beacon,

with scripting one could get all used fonts in a document and list them in an array.

One could loop that array and look for the value of property font.location.

 

With a machine installed font you are usually get a path like this ( as value of location ) :

"C:\WINDOWS\Fonts\MinionPro-Regular.otf"

 

With a cloud activated font you get a localized string. With my German version of InDesign 2020 on Windows this is: "Aktiviert von Adobe Fonts" This is equal to the non-localized string "$ID/S4SubscribedTypeKitFont".

 

So now we have the corner stones to do a script that is "constantly" checking for used fonts in the active document.

One could write an eventlistening mechanism that is tied to a so-called idleTask that is monitoring the usage of fonts and their location. The monitoring could be done in an idle moment when InDesign is doing nothing. The script could be done as startup script and will run in the background while InDesign is running.

 

The user could be alerted if the location of a used font is found that is not "$ID/S4SubscribedTypeKitFont".

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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