I used to use ATM in Windows XP so that I could use the Multiple Master typefaces. Having downgraded to Vista on my new computer I cannot use ATM and so have had to buy Minion Pro Optical sets. However I cannot use them as I can't get to the small caps and old style figures.
Previously these were in a separate file (the expert file) and I just switched typefaces. Now, in applications like Microsoft Word I cannot do that.
Should I just buy a copy of the old type one (non-optical) faces and install them?
Unless you have really old copies of Microsoft Office which are not Unicode-compatible, you certainly can get to the alternative characters, but not through normal keystroke techniques you are probably used to. Check the help facility for accessing Unicode characters.
Licensing old Type 1 typefaces makes no sense as they are really obsolete for use with modern applications.
- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)
For use with really old apps, Gábor Deák Jahn upgraded a utility created by Chas Hedrick that lets you create small caps sets from OT fonts (you can strip out any glyphs you wanted and put them into multiple separate fonts). I have used it many times myself in the past for non-unicode savvy apps:
I had previously read the discussions on how to access MM founts but that is not really the way I want to go, if only because I will still have problems with any new typefaces that I buy (Although TransType may help with the ones I currently have).
I am using Office XP (Word 2002) which is aware of unicode. However I cannot even fidn out what the unicode ranges are for OSF, non proportional OSF, fractions and superscript so I cannot see how to use character map or any of the other tools to get the glyphs (or how to use the utility to stript them into a new file).
I am sure there is smomething simple that I am overlooking (equivalent to not having the computer turned on when complaining about it not working).
If I want to use Minion in my Word document then the only non type one choice I have seems to be the pro files.
Even if I can work out that the unicode values for the glyphs are, it seems I would still need to strip the old style figures into a separate file to use for things like page numbers and other auto generated content.