Font Isn't Printing from InDesign 5.5 and Not Showing Up in Word


I've received an issue from a customer who purchased my font and is having trouble with it in InDesign 5.5 and Word. I've never come across this issue before with any other user and I have successfully used it in but programs so I'm not quite sure how to fix the problem on my end. Here is the message I received from them:

I received the attached error message when trying to use the font in Microsoft Word. When I validate the font in Font Book, it says the font is safe to use. When I tried printing an InDesign document with the font, it would not print. PDF's of the document will not print either. I did not receive an error message, but my colleague received the error message in Indesign 5.5:

ERROR: rangecheck


How do I sort table of contents not by page but by heading in indesign?


I´ve got a Indesign Book with multiple indesign documents linked to it.

I´m trying to figure out how to set up the TOC the way I want it.

Its a catalogue of about 130 artists and designers, sorted by the last name.

However I would like to sort the table of contents based on their profession (for example designer) and their speciality (for example spatial design)
Basically a hierarchy based on the steps:
1. profession (which is base on paragraph style found on every left side page)
2. speciality (which is based on paragraph style found on every right side page)
3. last name and page number. (based on paragraph style found on every left side page)

Desired OpenType UI

I’d love to have same feature set in InDesign and Illustrator. I’d love to have the ease of use of Stylistic Sets, Character Variants, OT Dropcaps, Historical Forms, Historical Ligatures, OT Unicase and Nut Fractions. I’ve made this rather raw and quick mockup and I want to share it with you, fellow typophiles. I’m not affiliated with Adobe, these are just my thoughts on how to UI could work.

Maybe you have some other ideas? Firefox Nightly and some other browsers for example, supports almost all OT features by font-feature-settings: "xxxx";. So this support could be done. Maybe it’s possible to convince other software developers to support more OT features?

Soft hyphen puzzle in Times New Roman


Hello everyone!

I have the following text layout problem in InDesign CS6 and CC for Mac. Text is typed with Times New Roman. Some vowels have stresses placed with the symbol Combining Acute Accent (Unicode 0301). This is the common character for the stress in Cyrillic texts. When I choose to automatically hyphenate text the hyphen shifts down if it appears after the stressed letter. This happens when you select the Hunspell hyphenation dictionary and text is marked as Russian. Everything works perfect with English text.
So the question is: What is the cause of the problem, is it in the Adobe software or in the font? What could be changed in TNR to make it work properly?


Naming the glyph


I'm drawing a conceptual font were the upper case is depending on the lower case. I have made alternative glyphs for zero–nine, so they will work with the same principle as the letters, A–Z and a–z.
But in the InDesign glyph window the name of the alternative "zero" becomes "NULL" which makes it hard to find/understand.
The forms of the characters only makes sense when they are together.

So, is it possible to name the alternative zero (today named zero.alt1 in FLS) so it turns up in the InDesign glyph window as something related to zero? Like zero.alt1?

Thank you.


InDesign PDF Problem


Dear Everyone,

I exported a document for PDF print that contains several paths in which I used Type on a Path. There is no fill or stroke on the path, yet the PDF consistently shows a light pink background color around the path area (see attached image). I don't see anything wrong with the PDF settings, but I may not recognize the problem - suggestions?

Thank you!!
Chava Drummond

Adjust billing on a layout project?


Hey, Typophiles! Turning to you for advice: I bill by the project, and have just finished laying out a report that I billed at 2.25 days. Only problem is that (for once!) I overestimated how long it would take – I really worked about 1.5 "days" on the project, including admin.

My question: do I follow-up once the project closes and adjust my fee downward, making clear the reason? Or do I take the money and run, since we all agreed on the scope and the rate in advance?

Typographic problem, student in need.

Hi There,

I've got a brief to make a small book/booklet in the style of a "Dockers Workbook" celebrating one man (union leader Walt Cunningham's) life on the docks of Hull between 1950's-1980's.

i have been looking everywhere for a nice clear legible serif typeface to use for my body copy , i found one that i loved FF Scala Pro Regular it works n perfectly with the ethos of my type having been use in books depicting democratic revolutions/movements and in Museum booklets.The elegance of this typeface is exactly what i need but don't have the € 299.00 to purchase it on a student's income.

Bizarre spacing problem with Baskerville quotation marks


I've just purchased the URW++ version of Baskerville, and I'm encountering a bizarre problem when using quotation marks. Oddly, the same problem seems to exist in ITC Baskerville — but not in other typefaces.
I've uploaded a screenshot to show what's happening. For some reason, the quotation marks in Baskerville have far too much space around them. I can't manually correct the problem by adjusting the tracking on the character, either.
Again, this is only happening in Baskerville, and I'm using a brand new version that I just purchased from Linotype.

Has anyone else encountered this problem, and if so, did you find a solution?

IndyFont: InDesign to Font Demo


Yesterday I introduced "IndyFont" to the InDesign community, there might be some interested parties over here as well, both in practical use as in technical details :-)

IndyFont is a Javascript that runs under InDesign CS4 and newer, on both Mac OSX and Windows, and which converts vector art in an InDesign document to an OpenType font.

Perplexing OTF Font Problem Locking up InDesign


We've been developing an OTF font in Fontlab Studio 5.0.2., Windows, periodically generating the font and using it in InDesign CS3, Windows for testing. Everything has been going well until yesterday when InDesign started locking up while trying to output a PDF with the font. InDesign also cannot display the font in its glyph pallet. Again, it locks up.

I have Roman, Italic, Bold and BoldItalic fonts. Roman and Italic have the problem, Bold and BoldItalic do NOT! Compared to other professional fonts there is little by way of features and classes and I've tried deleting all the classes and features and copying them from one of the fonts that works.

Embedded font problem in pdf


I've made multiple pdfs from my indesign files and combined them in preview to make one big pdf. I have no problems viewing it in preview but when I or my client try to open it in Acrobat it crashes or gives this error message: Cannot extract the embedded font xxxxx. Some charcters may not display or print correctly.

Does anyone know what the problem is or how to fix it?

Beautifully Justified Columns?


I’ve done freelance graphic design as a hobby for many years, and then went to school for it. I am now working as a tech and tutoring in ID, ILL & PS CS5.

My education taught me there are bad ways to use layout programs so I want to make sure the students I tutor can benefit from learning good habits as opposed to just taking the easy way out by letting the app decide how things should look.

Trouble using Japanese Fonts in Adobe


I've downloaded some free Japanese fonts and want to use them in programs like Illustrator or InDesign. They come as .ttf for Windows and .suit for OS X. Neither have displayed anything but rectangles in Adobe or word processors. On both operating systems, the fonts seem properly installed but they don't work with the Japanese text I copy and paste in.

The Japanese fonts which appear to have been preloaded on my system work fine, so i know I can display Japanese but no other fonts i acquire work.


Advanced Numbered List in Indesign CS5 for "1,7,15 Caption"


Howdy Typophiles!

In my Indesign document I have a page of images that are numbered and would like to have a list of captions with corresponding numbers. Some of the images will share the same captions so I'd like to have two to three numbers listed with commas separating them I'd like the numbers to be right justified :

Here is a sample:

Font Kerning-pair problem in Adobe CS software


I have quite 'weird' problem with my font. For some reason one kerning pair (as far as i know) is not working in Adobe CS3 software (indesign, photoshop etc.). Still its perfectly fine in numerous other softwares (MS Word, NeoOffice, Linotype fontexplorer etc.). The problem appears both in "class kerning" and "flat kerning mode".

The problematic kerning-pair is "Va" so it's too visible in display sizes to ignore.

I've attached detailed picture comparing the pair "Va" and "VA" in multiple softwares.

I hope someone knows something similar and can help me on this.


Can't get a word to fit on line when there is ample space in text box


I have a flush left, ragged right text box. I want to make the paragraph more square without justifying the text but I feel like I have no control. If I decrease the word spacing, tracking, or kerning the 'who' only moves up the the previous line when things are far too close together and even then there is ample room within the text box for breathing room.

I'm so frustrated!

Is there a way to tell InD to quit trying to make sense of type specimens?


I don't know what it is about alphabetical strings that InD hates. I have tried formatting the text with hyphenation, without, with every language, no language. What always happens is, I copy the entire character set from the fontLab "Quick Test as Opentype" menu selection and paste it into an Ind blank page. It is fine if you keep the type small but, gosh darn'it, sometimes we pesky old type designers want to see the type at 36 or 48, or, God Forbid! even 60 points and just let it float along breaking somewhere near the right margin without everything but the first line jumping in to that godforsaken place the red box in the bottom corner puts it!

Why is the kerning value in brackets in InDesign?


I generated a font with just one kerning pair of -60.
The font appeears in InDesign CS5 ME with no kerning visible but the kern values in the menu appear in brackets (-60).

Fontlab 5.04 build 2741

In the prefernces, Generating Open Type... Kerning:
Expand class kerning while building [kern] table.

InDesign CS5 ME