Myriad CAD is a variant inside of Acrobat 9 Reader. Did you notice that lovely lowercase “a”?
Anyone got any info on special font?
Perhaps we’ll see this “a” in a future Myriad release.
For comparison purposes:
I don't know why FontExplorer sizes them so differently in the viewer.
In any case, clearly modified are the a and the r, and the widths are noticably extended in the UC, which is wider than the widest available Myriad version, and the weight is lighter than the lightest available version also.
Is it really so strangely spaced?
Just checked inside my Acrobat Reader and I didn't see this there? Where is it?
For Mac OS X users you have open the application package.
Right click on Adobe Acrobat 9>show application package>search for “myriad” using spotlight>open the result “MyriadCAD.otf”
which is wider than the widest available Myriad version, and the weight is lighter than the lightest available version also.
You can extrapolate Myriad MM to get this weight and width. Some details of the design were changed of course.
Who has the MM? They stopped selling that years ago. I think I only have Tekton MM, which came with an old Adobe package, which isn't a font I have the greatest desire to make instances of :)
I dunno, but I think the change to the a is a cool one. Just that minor adjustment makes the whole thing seem friendlier.
Speculation: CAD version was designed to be culturally acceptable to typographically illiterate CAD operators, who expect legends on printouts to be largely indistinguishable from handwriting templates of yore or from 1980s-style HP pen-plotter fonts.
Perhaps Thomas Phinney would know...
Without having examined the font closely, my guess is that this version of Myriad is intended to come close to matching the ANSI CAD lettering standard. A few years ago, we were hired to make a stricter implementation of the ANSI standard for a CAD software company (and also fonts for the weirder ISO standard), it it looked not unlike this version of Myriad.
Here, top, is the implementation we made of the ANSI standard lettering for CAD. The Myriad CAD letters are pretty close to this, except for that lowercase a. We made this font in 2000, so perhaps the standard has changed since then. Below, is the weird ISO standard lettering.
We made these fonts for a CAD software company called Microcadam. A few days after we delivered the fonts, the company was bought by IBM, and the Helix design program for which the fonts were intended was removed from the market. I've no idea what happened to the fonts, but presumably IBM owns them, whether they realise it or not.
Thank you for info John!