Vendor Code problem or Why is Adobe System taking over my fonts?

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Göran Söderström's picture
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Vendor Code problem or Why is Adobe System taking over my fonts?
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A somewhat funny headline, I know.

This is the story however, I cant seem to understand why fonts that I built in FontLab and made OTF-fonts of, show themselves in Suitcase Fusion as "Foundry: Adobe Systems".

I havent provided this information any where in the font...

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You can find it under Font Info -> Version and Identification -> Identification settings. Your TrueType vendor code will be set at ADBE, which is Adobe's. This vendor code will end up in the OS/2 table of your OT font and therefore will be identified as an Adobe font.

Paul

Göran Söderström's picture
Joined: 15 Feb 2006 - 2:53am
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Thanks, but that’s not the problem. I have a vendor code which is AUTO – this one is also filled in, in the field you are mentioning. My vendor code is regisered at Microsoft.
Why should AUTO become Adobe Systems?

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Goran, I added a little bit to your title to make it sound less like a corporate take over. ;^P I hope that is ok.

Göran Söderström's picture
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Miss Tiffany — of course, thanks!

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You could check if your vendor code really ends up in the OS/2 table (by making a ttx dump). If it does, at least you know it probably is not a Fontlab issue. In the fonts I produce I use an unregistered lowercase code of my company and never encountered these kind of problems
Paul

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Paul, thanks for your reply. As you probably already had guessed I am rather new to all this, so making a "ttx dump" is something I really dont understand what it is. What does it mean, and how do you do it?

I searched in the FontLab manual for ttx, no hits.
Thanks in advance.

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I'm sorry Goran, didn't mean to baffle you. TTX is well explained over here, but in brief: ttx wil decompile your OTF file to a xml file so you can check, modify or debug your font in a plain text environment. TTX allows for roundtripping so you can recompile your ttx file to an Open Type font file. I heard some people struggling with it, but it works perfectly for me.

Paul

Göran Söderström's picture
Joined: 15 Feb 2006 - 2:53am
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Thanks Paul :) – I’ll start with this, and see if my Vendor Code is in the font. I just realized that it also could be Suitcase that shows Adobe Systems, if it dont know of my code...? Just a thought.

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Goran,

the easiest thing to do is just to generate a font and then open it in FontLab Studio again -- you will see what vendor code got there. You say "FontLab" -- does it mean you're still using the old 4.6 version?

A.

Göran Söderström's picture
Joined: 15 Feb 2006 - 2:53am
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Adam, great idea ;-)

I’m on Fontlab 5.02, and the vendor code is still there if I open the generated font in FontLab.

It must be Suitcase-related in other words.

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"All your font are belong to us!"

Nick Shinn's picture
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LOL!

Göran Söderström's picture
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Exactly — without knowing it I have always been working for Adobe ;-)

Thomas Phinney's picture
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That's how we manage to get by with such a small official staff in the type group, you see....

T

Bruno Maag's picture
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I've always known that it was Adobe and not Microsoft which is the evil empire. :-)

Bruno Maag