What type of Fonts are compatible between Mac and PC?

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Apr 23, 2008 Apr 23, 2008

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Hello all:
I work in InDesign primarily from a Windows based PC. I occasionally do some work on a Mac as well. I have a mixture of font type I use (TTF, OpenType etc) on my PC. I know a lot of font types are not compatible between PC and Mac. My questions is, are OpenType fonts compatible with Mac?

What suggestions would you give to people working on two platforms as to how to best manage their font library (short of buying two versions of the same fonts)?

Thanks.

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OpenType and Windows TrueType fonts are usable on both Windows and MacOS X. Windows Type 1 fonts can be used with Adobe applications on both Windows and MacOX X (although on the Macintosh, the Windows Type 1 fonts must be put into the Creative Suite's private font directory).

Macintosh Type 1 and TrueType fonts cannot be used on Windows systems under any condition.

Going forward, for cross-platform compatibility, at Adobe we would strongly recommend exclusive use of OpenType fonts, thus avoiding the need for purchasing more than one version of any font.

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

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