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I may be overlooking something really stupid, but I’m lost. I’m using TypeTool 2 on Mac OS 9 and up until tonight everything worked fine. I’ve added kerning pairs and wanted to test them, but when I use “generate mac suitcase” to create a usable font, my applications won’t recognize it (I’m putting them directly in the fonts folder). Any help would be appreciated.

In case it isn’t obvious, I’m fairly new at this.

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Addison

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Are you generating bitmaps too? Macs need at least one bitmap, IIRC.

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Chris, these days it’s the other way around:
MacOS treats bitmaps (I mean “true” bitmap fonts) like Unlawful Combattants.

hhp

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Is this all I need to do (for bitmaps)?

Type 1 preferences

I haven’t created any hinting yet, but like I said, it worked fine before last night. The kerning is the only thing I can think of that’s different.

Thanks for your help,
Addison

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He’s on OS9, Hrant.

Addison, are you trying to make PC type 1 fonts or Mac type 1? Because PFM and AFM/INF files are only used on the PC.

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Well, I have no idea what happened, but it works now. Perhaps there’s a problem with my computer — sorry for the false alarm.

BTW, I have a Mac font from the Storm Type Foundry and it includes an AFM file. Why is that?

Oh, and Chris, I’m creating Mac type 1 fonts.

Thanks for the help,
Addison

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AFM files are used almost exclusively in *nix now. Maybe they can install Mac fonts with the AFM.

I wish I could’ve helped more, but at least you got it working now.

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Sorry to bring up this old thread, but I’m having this same problem again. Here’s the info:

I’m using TypeTool 2 on Mac OS 9 and X, plus TypeTool 2 for Windows XP. On all of these platforms, the “Generate Mac Suitcase” or “Generate Font/Type 1” fails to produce a working font. It always appears empty, if that makes sense. For instance, in OS 9 the suitcase icon is there, but when I try to open the suitcase and view the bitmaps, they display as Charcoal (system font).

I’ve posted a thread on the MSN/Fontlab messageboard twice, but I get no response. Does anyone here have any suggestions? For what it’s worth, if someone can help me, I’ll give them a copy of my font when it’s finished (if anyone actually wants it).

Thanks in advance,
Addison

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Could the path directions have anything to do with it? Or possibly something in the Font Info dialogs?

Thanks,
Addison

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Apparently if the FOND ID is set to 0, you cannot generate a font—in case you want to know. I’m not sure how or why I changed it, but that was extremely frustrating.

-Addison