Converting a mac type 1 font to pc type 1

magnus_gaarde's picture

Hi, I have this problem. I need to convert a font from macintosh type 1 format to use on a windows pc.
I have aquired crossfont and tried to convert the font. However as I am doing this assignment in Denmark I need the use of the letters

kps's picture

This looks like an encoding problem - it seems to me that it is doing the conversion exactly backwards, since, for example, slot 230 is Ecircumflex on the Mac and ae on Windows. I have never seen Crossfont, but if it has options for you to specify the original encoding and the final encoding, try swapping them.

Otherwise, if you'd like a free tool, I am sure FontForge can do the job.

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Magnus

Fontographer and FontLab's TransType will do the proper job if you configure the incoming and outgoing encoding correctly.

I prefer Fontographer when I need a bit more information about a font (FOG is very specific in providing encoding particulars) and TransType when I need to do more generic batch conversions.

Gerald

magnus_gaarde's picture

Thank you.
I'll try it out.

magnus

magnus_gaarde's picture

Hmmmm. I have now tried out Transtype. But there's a new problem now... I have converted the fonts and gotten a whole long list of files (.afm .inf .pfb .pfm). I can see that all these fonts are actually located on my computer. BUT, apparently ATM cannot. It only shows 4 out of 20.

Argh!

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Magnus

Well, should you not be getting "a whole long list of file"? Those four as opposed to the normal two with a Mac (plus the optional AFM)?

You do have to be a bit careful with batch conversion, especially if you are converting from format to format rather than just platform to platform. Font "families" are treated a bit differently in the differing formats/platforms and can get botched if generated within the orginal folder. PC fonts have a number restriction (as I recall, four). I usually generate from PCTT to Mac PS1 and I will generally configure PCTT multiple fonts separately, rather than run them in batch mode, because of this problem. Doubt this makes much sense.

If you have the software program Font Doctor, that can often help you resolve conflicts.

Gerald

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Thanks, Gerald but as you said yourself. It doesn't make too much sense to me. :-) A little maybe.

Should I convert each weight separately?
I don't know. But I have found that if I put the all the files into the windows/fonts folder instead of using ATM, it actually works. ?!?!?!?! Crazy. If it was just one fontfamily that did this I guess I could live with it but I see it happening to others as well. It's a real drag with that windows/font folder. It very easily becomes a huge mess of font files.

BTW:
Gerald>>> "Well, should you not be getting "a whole long list of file"? Those four as opposed to the normal two with a Mac (plus the optional AFM)?"

Yes I know. For instance: I have 1 font I convert it, I get 4 files. Yup that's right.

The font I'm trying to convert is Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk and as you probably know it has a lot of weights. And that's 4 files for each weight in windows. The problem is that ATM doesn't "recognize" all of these files as being fonts or pehaps more likely it assumes that a lot of them are the same. Because it only shows four weights. This has been bugging me for quite some time now. Frustrating.

I will try and see what this Font Doctor is about if I can get my hands on a demo or something.

thanks

Magnus

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Magnus

A bit clearer to me now. Yes, you are correct regarding the weights. A problem is that the name of either the printer font or screen font could be replicated in the conversion process and hence deleted. Or it is assigning the same name. I think you are only allowed the regular, italic, bold, bold italic unless you create separate fonts/folders.

If you are trying to generate the various weights you many need to rename the primary font, or some of the weights, to avoid this. Or this could be a FOND ID problem. One of the great things about FontDoctor (maybe the only really great thing) is that it will change the ID for you and assign unique numbers. Your system may be recognizing a duplicated ID number, and consequently ignoring the second or third instance of it.

I'm not a PC guy (well, not since about 1990) so I'm just making some assumptions here.

Gerald

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Ahhh.
Thanks, I think you are right. Seeing things this way makes it all a little bit less peculiar. I will try to put the different weights into different folders and see what happens. And maybe take a look at fontdoctor.

Thank you very much.

magnus

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