Welcome Dialog

Welcome to the Community!

We have a brand new look! Take a tour with us and explore the latest updates on Adobe Support Community.


Locked

How to install Adobe Type 1 Font in Windows 10?

Community Beginner ,
May 15, 2019 May 15, 2019

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi! I download the Original Courier Font of IBM. This font is public domain. I would like to install to use it in my Windows 10. The Courier font have two tipe of files:

AFM & PFA.

Windows not recognize it.

How is possible to installed it?

How is possible to update to TrueType Font or OpenType Font?

Thanks

Views

14.8K

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines

correct answers 1 Correct answer

May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019
Given the information you provided and the pointers to the fonts and the original legal information, I have taken the liberty to convert these Type 1 fonts to OpenType CFF format for you. Attached in this message and in the following messages are the .otf files containing all four typefaces. You don't need no stink'in .pfm or .inf or any other files to use these. For Windows, simply right click and Install for all users.Please confirm that these work for you!          - Dov

Likes

Translate

Translate
May 15, 2019 May 15, 2019

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

To install a Type 1 font on Windows, you must have the .PFM file that normally accompanies the font's .PFB file and should be in the same directory as the .PFB file. You right click on the .PFM file and select Install.

If you don't have either a .PFM file or a .PFB file, the font is not installable under Windows. Windows never supported .PFA-based Type 1 fonts (“PFA” stands for PostScript Font ASCII and this format was designed for UNIX systems many, many years ago.) Conceivably you could find a utility somewhere that can convert .PFA to .PFB (PostScript Font Binary) and derive a .PFM file from a combination of .AFM (Adobe Font Metrics) and .INF file (which you apparently don't have).

A better solution under Windows is to simply use the OpenType TrueType Courier New font that comes with Windows. It certainly is compatible with the original Courier fonts in terms of available glyphs and metrics.

You don't say where you obtained “the Original Courier Font of IBM,” but if the font was named Courier and has any Adobe information and is from Adobe, it is not public domain. And if the actual source of the font file was from IBM, I would severely doubt that the font was from public domain. Yes, there are programs that can convert Type 1 to TrueType and/or OpenType (either OpenType CFF or OpenType TrueType), but those I know of and that are reliable are fairly expensive. Also note that such conversions are generally “lossy” in terms of quality and font metrics.

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Beginner ,
May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi Issac for your reply. The "IBM Courier" is different of "Microsoft Courier New" font and for that I would like to use that old font. Was very difficult to find the IBM Courier Font Package. The location of the package is: CTAN: Package Courier

About Courier is a monospaced slab serif typeface. The typeface was designed by Howard "Bud" Kettler (1919-1999). Initially created for IBM's typewriters, it has been adapted for use as a computer font and versions of it are installed on most desktop computers.

IBM did not trademark the name Courier, so the typeface design concept and its name are now public-domain.

https://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb07-3/tb16bigelow.pdf

146–151. Retrieved 27 December 2018. IBM neglected to trademark the typeface names like Courier and Prestige, so once the patents had lapsed, the names gradually fell into the public domain without IBM doing anything about it (at the time, and for a dozen years or so, IBM was distracted by a major U.S. anti-trust suit). Most students of the type protection field believe that those names are probably unprotectable by now, though IBM could still presumably make a try for it if sufficiently motivated.

The Copyright is the following:

"IBM Courier - Copyright (c) IBM Corporation 1990, 1991

You are hereby granted permission under the terms of the IBM/MIT X Consortium

Courier Typefont agreement to execute, reproduce, distribute, display, market,

sell and otherwise transfer copies of the IBM Courier font to third parties.

The font is provided "AS IS" without charge.  NO WARRANTIES OR INDEMNIFICATION

ARE GIVEN, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED INCLUDING, BUT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED

WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE"

There are OpenSource tools to convert from Adobe Type 1 to OpenType and / or TrueType?

Do you know a utility to convert from PFA to .PFB and PFM file from a .AFM ? It´s relly important the .INF file?

Thanks

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Given the information you provided and the pointers to the fonts and the original legal information, I have taken the liberty to convert these Type 1 fonts to OpenType CFF format for you. Attached in this message and in the following messages are the .otf files containing all four typefaces. You don't need no stink'in .pfm or .inf or any other files to use these. For Windows, simply right click and Install for all users.

Please confirm that these work for you!

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Remaining two fonts ...

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Note that the attachments may be actually .zip files from which you extract the .otf files.

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2019 May 17, 2019

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

Thanks Dov! I´m very grateful for your time and collaboration. It´s works pefectly. It is a part of history that finds its space today.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines