Adobe has announced its intention to end support for Type 1 fonts in January 2023. The full announcement may be found at Type 1 Font Announcement. We strongly recommend that any user of Adobe Creative Cloud applications as well as Adobe FrameMaker read this announcement and plan accordingly.
While you can continue using Type 1 fonts until January 2023, we encourage you to explore alternative fonts in the interim so that you can make a smooth transition when support for these fonts is removed.
Some further considerations and clarifications:
(1) Adobe has already deprecated support for Type 1 fonts in Photoshop in 2021. Microsoft totally eliminated support for Type 1 fonts in Microsoft Office on Windows a number of years ago.
(2) Type 1 fonts are an integral part of the PostScript and PDF specifications . Neither PostScript nor PDF are affected by this announcement. PostScript, Adobe PDF Print Engine, and Adobe Embedded Print Engine-based RIPs/DFEs and printers will by definition continue to support Type 1 fonts.
(3) Adobe PDF-based products including Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Acrobat Standard, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and the Adobe Mobile Readers (iOS and Android) will continue to support the display, printing, and text editing of PDF files using Type 1 fonts. This is required by the ISO PDF specification.
(4) Even with the deprecation of Type 1 font support in applications such as InDesign, Illustrator, and FrameMaker in January 2023, you will still be able to place EPS and PDF content with embedded Type 1 fonts into these application documents and subsequently be able to display, print, and export PDF content from same.
(5) The Adobe Fonts service never has supported Type 1 fonts in any manner whatsoever. Thus, if you are using fonts from Adobe Fonts, you are not affected at all by this announcement!
(6) The announcement applies strictly to new releases beginning in January 2023. It does not affect support for Type 1 fonts in earlier releases. Thus, you can continue to use Type 1 fonts for editing legacy documents after January 2023. Of course, given the continual incompatible operating system updates by Apple for MacOS and increasingly by Microsoft for Windows, the ability to run these older versions may be limited as time goes on. Furthermore, it is possible that Apple and Microsoft may also discontinue support for Type 1 fonts in the future.
The bottom line is that we are encouraging users of Adobe products to examine existing source documents (i.e., not PDF or EPS with embedded fonts) for use of Type 1 fonts and make appropriate formatting updates as soon as possible to minimize problems beginning in January 2023.
Well then I'm totally confused because when I open them (to place in a project) I get a message that they will not be supported as of 2023...and have read that when a file is opened the Missing Font window will not show anything at all, which I think is pretty awful. Some of my job pdfs go back some years and I have to update them very periodically. I don't have record of 20 years of what was purchased from who and when to go back and get some kind of update. Over decades I've had several computers that the fonts have migrated through. Not a happy customer at all.
To work with legacy apps and files, I myself maintain a few virtual machines with Microsoft Windows. Windows is less convenient for me to work on a daily basis but is legendary in terms of legacy support. I have Windows 98 with apps that are really ancient but are sometimes still useful, then Windows XP and 7 (though I only use 7), and Windows 12. I have older Adobe apps there, also with some InDesign, Acrobat & Illustrator plugins that no longer work in new apps, and which are no longer developed. I also have macOS 12.6 — all in VMWare Fusion.
I consider these »backups«, but such that are bootable and work, and are even easily migrated to a new machine.
But when it comes to Type 1 fonts alone — apps like TransType can help.
Again: After 25 years of supporting the legacy Type 1 fonts after OTF emerged as the new standard, Adobe decided to pull the plug and drop support for those fonts. All Type 1 fonts are now available in OTF format, and you should make sure that your documents change to those fonts. For any application that uses Type 1 Fonts and that need to be maintained, you should keep the current version of your programs installed on your computer. But there is no reason not to change gradually to OTF fonts, when you are working on legacy documents.
It is true, that if you made a huge invest in fonts, and you are using them, you will be unhappy with this. But it will also be an opportunity to do a rebranding with new and fresh fonts. There are plenty of fonts available.
To put now the blame on Adobe would be unfair, because many have abondoned the Type 1 fonts by now, and simply the testing for each new version of a program costs a fortune. That money is better invested for other projects.
I wouldn't wait until the last minute...
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This is an outrage. Postscript and the resulting Type 1 font standard is what really put Adobe in business. Prior to that, the general design community had only bitmap typefaces, unacceptable for professional work. Then there is the money; years of investing in Type 1 fonts. Even worse, thousands of portfolio pieces dependent on this standard. Sometimes those pieces need to be updated. Portfolio pieces are a large part for designers and art directors to get jobs. And now, in the same year, Adobe is dropping support for PANTONE colors? This is another industry standard relied on for years. It's as if Adobe executives suddenly have no regard for customers who have put them in those highly paid positions.