Batch assign Windows names to Mac names?


I'm on a Mac, though I used to have lots of Windows machines, and still have one real and several virtual Windows machines.

Among my thousands of uninstalled fonts are dozens of (mostly crappy) TTF fonts that have different file names, and have corresponding font names when listed in Windows, but are all listed as "New" in Mac OS X. I used ftxdumperfuser to dump the name table of one of them, and found table entries with type IDs 1 through 7, with the Microsoft platform names in platform ID 3 all filled in, but the Macintosh names in platform ID 1 all containing default values.

If the fonts all have the same name I can't even view them in a font viewer. What's the easiest way (using free tools) to copy all seven names from platform ID 3 to platform ID 1 in all the fonts?

Favourite Microsoft system fonts


Hello everyone, I'm new here at Typophile.

Microsoft products (MS Windows & MS Office) come with a variety of serif fonts. If you were limited to use Microsoft serif fonts only (for printed text), which would be your favourites to use?

I like Century Schoolbook, Goudy Old Style and Book Antiqua (Palatino Linotype has a wider line spacing by default).

Thank you.

Windows OpenType CFF Font Rendering

We have a situation where our identity font is displaying terribly in Microsoft 2010 on Windows 7. The font looks great in InDesign and Illustrator. The font family is OpenType with PostScript outlines, aka CFF. This behavior is consistent for any OpenType font from Adobe, ie Myriad Pro or Adobe Garamond.

I am nearly certain that the Windows font rendering engine is optimized for TrueType outlines and renders PostScript outlines poorly. I also think that Adobe is using a different rendering engine for the Creative Suite applications, perhaps their own. I have not been able to find any specific documentation of these statements.

Does this ring true? Does anyone know of specific documentation of poor font rendering in Windows applications, especially MS Office?

What are the windows requirements for an OpenType font to be installable?


I'm developing an OpenType font by byte-crafting it rather than using design tools, and now have a custom OpenType (CFF flavour) font that implements a really small subset of the Basic Latin unicode block (specifically it only implements .notdef and what under Basic Latin interpretation would be the tilde).

The CFF block passes "tx -3" validation, the font as a whole passes a round-trip de/recompile through TTX, and Microsoft's Font Validator does not report any errors in the font. Even loading it as a custom webfont (as plain otf in browsers that support otf, and wrapped as WOFF in browsers that don't) makes them style the implemented ~ glyph correctly.

Lisu Font does not display in Windows



I installed the LisuUnicode font on Windows 7 and it won't display unless you specify that you want to use that font. For example, if you select the Lisu font in Microsoft Word, it will display the Lisu input, but if you want to do anything in an another WIndows program, like Internet Explorer, it will just display boxes (unless the website has it specified in its stylesheet, that the font should be used). Interestingly it will always display in Firefox, but not in other browsers or in QQ (a chat program Chinese people frequently use). Lisu is a Chinese minority and there are a number of fonts available, but none works under Windows 7 or lower.

Open Type Problem: Font is Cut-off?!


I'd like to have a little help on the following problem, thanks a lot!

1.) After exporting as OpenType Ps from Fontlab 5.1.2 (mac), my font looks/works great in Indesign and Illutrator. No problem. All kerning info is okay. But on the same computer (mac osx 10.6.8) in Word: no kerning info(!) AND the characters are cut-off on the upper part. (images below)

2.) On a Windows computer there's a similar problem:
(in Word) No kerning info and the characters are also cut-off. This time they're not cut off on the upper part but exactly on the Baseline.

Find my Font v3.0 - Find fonts in Images: Both Local and Online font matching is now supported!



Softonium Developments is proud to announce Find my Font v3.0 which is a major update to our font matching tool.
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a. Major new feature: Both Local and Online matching supported
The most important feature introduced is the capability to find a font from an image not only by scanning the local fonts of your PC but to retrieve also font matches from an Online Font-Matching Database.

When Changing fonts from Mac to Windows, What is the Best Format?



I am transferring my Fonts from my Mac to my PC and there are some formats that can't be read on the PC. I am using a program called TransType (version 3) to change the font for use with Windows. I wanted to know what is the best format to change the font files to? The options I have are:

-Win Truetype/Opentype TT
-Win Type 1
-OpenType PS

I am not sure what to change the font to at the moment I'm using the Opentype PS setting, As I know Opentype is multi Platform. I would be primarily using these fonts with Adobe CS5 programs.

I use type a lot in my work but am quite naive to the formats and there pro and cons any help would be great.

Font Manager for Windows 7



I have been a longtime user of Linotype's Font Explorer X on the Mac. I have bought a new Windows 7 (x64) PC and see that there is no current version of Font Explorer X for Windows. I am looking for a comparable replacement. I would like the software to have the ability to activate/deactivate fonts and some Adobe CS5 integration as I use CS5 a lot in my work. Can anyone make any recommendations?

Also on a side note, How do I transfer my existing font library to Windows, I know there has to be some sort of conversion any help would be great.


Running FontForge under Windows


I just downloaded and installed the latest versions of Cygwin and FontForge. I also set the PATH environment variable. Then I tried to run FontForge, but it said it couldn't find a file called cygX11-6.dll. Indeed, Cygwin didn't install any such file.

I guess I need an older version of Cygwin.

Do you know how to make it work? Thanks.

(It's Windows Vista, by the way, but I'd be surprised if this had anything to do with that.)

App to simulate color blindness

Just found this, and thought I'd share it with everyone:

As designers, we sometimes forget that not everyone can see color the same way we do. I found a sweet app that allows you to simulate what color blindness does to your designs, whether it be interface design or the composition of a 4-color poster.

Here's an example of this page as viewed by someone with color blindness:

So this free app for Windows, Linux and Mac simulates how approximately 5% of all men will see your designs. It's a pretty cool app to add to your toolbox o' design stuff.

Anyway, the app is here