Mac font/ PC server issue

Tranesblues's picture

I have a problem regarding software and font recognition. I work at a small newspaper and we are in the midst of a redesign. This involves using new fonts, obviously. One we have chosen is Bodoni SvtyTwo ITC-TT. We use macs to design the paper each night. No problems there ... these are fonts that have been in our system for years. However, our plate-making software (called Asura) is a PC based software and we have been told by Asura that the Bodoni that we are using is a 'mac font.' I was always under the impression that fonts are fonts. How do we troubleshoot this as far as what kind of font we have in our system? Is there a certain file extension that would tell us exactly which font we have and what it is compatable with? Also, can we just buy a brand new version of the font that would be usable on both the Asura server and our macs? If so, what do we need to keep in mind when purchasing it?

Thanks a lot for the help in advance. I love the site but this is my first time in the forums. I can provide any other sort of info if I need to. As a copy-editor, this is really above my head (and paygrade, lol.)

agisaak's picture

If you're talking about the version of ITC Bodoni which ships with many Macs as part of either iLife or AppleWorks (on older systems), then it is indeed Mac only since it is a font suitcase. You'll be able to find cross-platform versions (i.e. OpenType) from all the usual sources, for example:

http://www.linotype.com/618096/itcbodoni-clan.html?q=&subviewmode=PACKAG...

André

agisaak's picture

A quick addendum: for mac-only fonts the file extension won't be helpful since it isn't required, though anything ending in .suit is almost certainly mac only. Fonts ending in either .ttf (TrueType/TrueType-Flavoured OpenType) or .otf (CFF/Postscript-Flavoured OpenType) should be cross-platform.

Your better bet, though, is to use the Finder's 'Get info' command and look at the first line of info (Kind). You'll want something which says either 'Windows TrueType font' or 'OpenType font'. If it says 'Font Suitcase' it won't work on a PC.

André

Tranesblues's picture

Wow. Sure enough, there it is in the finder. It's a font suitcase. Thank you so much for the help. I think this is gonna solve our problem.

inga137's picture

I'm working on a publication and i need a solution to convert a specific Chinese PC font (Kaiti) to Mac so my Indesign can read and export my files.

While there is a similar Adobe Kaiti font for mac..it's not the same typography.

Are there any software conversion techniques out there?

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