Different formats for the same font?

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Seung Pyo Son's picture
Joined: 13 May 2013 - 5:33am
Different formats for the same font?

I'm looking at two different fonts:


Both seem to have different versions: for example, ITC Bauhaus vs. ITC Bauhaus Std, or ITC Ronda Std, ITC Ronda Pro, or ITC Ronda Com. Even within ITC Bauhaus, there is one published by Adobe and another by Linotype. I'm not particularly sure what all of these mean, and I'd appreciate it one would address such differences!

David Berlow's picture
Joined: 19 Jul 2004 - 6:31pm

When ITC was a separate company, they licensed their trademarked font names and provided analog artwork to many different companies. Each one remaining into the modern era produced a slightly different digital version and new companies, like Adobe, added their own digital versions of these as well.

Addressing the individual differences would take a few whiles, but in general, the core set of glyphs should match from vendor to vendor except perhaps for the scaling to the font to the em. And, glyphs like Euro, which were added after the original artwork was distributed, may not be consistent.

Jeffrey's picture
Joined: 15 Aug 2007 - 3:25am

The differences between Std, Pro and Com are usually in language support. Sometimes Pro fonts also incluse advances typographic features like smallcaps, alternates, swashes, etc. Check the glyphs tab in MyFonts to see the amount of glyphs. You also can see what features and character set each font as when you check tech specs, which can be found by clicking on one font: you then get a waterfall preview, with for tabs above it.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

Is it possible the Adobe version has a more lenient EULA (like concerning embedding, modification, etc.)? If so, go for that one.


Karl Stange's picture
Joined: 17 Sep 2009 - 10:07am

Is it possible the Adobe version has a more lenient EULA (like concerning embedding, modification, etc.)?

Looking through the list of additional license rights for Adobe fonts, the ITC fonts are all listed as, "1 : Licensed for print and preview embedding" in a list of criteria that also includes:

2 : Licensed for editable embedding
3 : Licensed for modification
4 : Licensed for users who directly license DPS
5 : Licensed open-source fonts