I purchased Adobe Sonata OpenType font, only numbers show up.

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Aug 02, 2014 Aug 02, 2014

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I purchased Adobe Sonata OpenType font, followed installment instructions, only numbers show up, the rest of the characters are boxes with Xs in them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Minimac, 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, OSX 10.9.4

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Adobe Employee , Aug 04, 2014 Aug 04, 2014

You need to install the custom keyboard that was provided along with the fonts. Look in the files you received and there should be detailed instructions as well.

Also here's a related thread in case it helps Re: Sonata font on MacOS - not working correctly

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Aug 02, 2014 Aug 02, 2014

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As a follow up, The characters up in my Font Book, they show up in the list of fonts in Illustrator or Indesign (CS6), but do not display.

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Aug 04, 2014 Aug 04, 2014

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Moving this discussion to the Adobe Type forum.

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It sounds like you are expecting to be able to access the symbolic characters of the Sonata OpenType font via keyboard. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. Unlike the old Type 1 fonts, OpenType fonts are normally Unicode encoded. As such, ASCII keyboard keystrokes don't map into the font font. You need to be able to enter the Unicode values for the symbols. If you are using software such as InDesign or Illustrator, you need to access the Glyphs palette to fully and properly access all the symbolic characters. For other applications, there are often symbol palettes that provide similar services.

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

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You need to install the custom keyboard that was provided along with the fonts. Look in the files you received and there should be detailed instructions as well.

Also here's a related thread in case it helps Re: Sonata font on MacOS - not working correctly

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Jan 13, 2017 Jan 13, 2017

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I downloaded this font from Fontspring and I was never given a keyboard layout. I am trying to use this font with the Finale notation program but I'm only seeing the numbers 1-9 and question marks in boxes for the other symbols. What do I need to do?

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See my response above. Most applications have character palettes from which you can readily access characters from OpenType Unicode-based fonts, such as Sonata.

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

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