Converting FROM Open Type

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Stuart Sandler's picture
Joined: 9 Apr 2002 - 11:00am
Converting FROM Open Type

Hi All,

Got a strange request from a lady who would like a font converted from Open Type to True Type. Now clearly I’ll send her back to the publisher of the original font, but for my information I don’t think anybody has ever brought up that topic.

So how does one reverse engineer an OT font back to a PS1 or TT font?

Stuart :D

John Butler's picture
Joined: 6 Nov 2001 - 11:00am

Open the OT font in FontLab 4.x, choose the encoding mode (names mode, codepages mode, which codepage if applicable) and generate the font in the applicable format. If you’re generating a TTF, trash all the OT features first.

For Truetype, I usually keep it in Unicode mode unless they’re using a very old version of Windows. For Type 1 PC, set it to MS Windows 1252 Latin 1 in codepage mode. (Or whatever codepage your customer is using.) For Type 1 Mac, set it to Macintosh Roman encoding in Names mode.

Don’t choose Adobe Standard Encoding. This causes ugly Symbol substitution.

You will need TransType if you are generating Mac suitcase files.