Adobe Ended Type 1 Fonts Support.
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Adobe Type 1 Fonts Support Ended
Starting January 2023, Adobe dropped support for Postscript Type 1 fonts and replaced them with larger glyph sets. The Type 1 change applies only to Adobe apps released after December 31, 2022. It does not affect support for Type 1 fonts in earlier releases nor affect files created and opened in versions of Adobe products released before 2023.
Although Adobe ended support, InDesign and Illustrator documents with embedded Type 1 fonts can still be opened and printed. Regardless, files created with Type 1 fonts won’t open properly in new versions of Adobe applications released after 2022. To then make a change or recreate in a new document, you must replace the Type 1 fonts.
Even some browsers and mobile devices are ceasing support for these fonts. Here, Markzware shares information and tips on how to avoid the negative consequences of this change and how to find these fonts in desktop publishing documents.
What Are Type 1 Fonts?
Postscript Type 1 fonts are still widely used (often as corporate identity fonts) in many print documents for advertising, marketing, branding, instruction, etc. They have a small character set. You may know Type 1 font formats as:
• Adobe Type 1
• Multiple Master
Adobe PostScript Type 1 Fonts Support Ended.
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“This has the potential to cause all manner of problems at that time for anyone still working with projects that include Type 1 fonts – not just in the obvious case of opening InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop files, but also when it comes to placing PDF or EPS files where Type 1 fonts were– Mike Rankin, Editor In Chief at CreativePro Magazine &
used but not embedded.”
Instructor at LinkedIn Learning
Effects Of Adobe Ending
Type 1 Font Support
Type1 fonts won’t appear in the Fonts menu and, if previously installed, will appear as “Missing fonts” in the document. Adobe’s end of support won’t impact files with embedded Type 1 data placed as graphics, although opening them in an Adobe application, for editing, will result in a “Missing fonts” message.
In your current Creative Cloud software, when you activate Type 1 fonts from Adobe’s Fonts library, they may appear as an OpenType Type 1 (OpenType CFF) file type. When your operating system (OS) ends support for Type 1 fonts, previous Creative Cloud app versions will not support them.
Creative Cloud apps update automatically for most CC users, so the Type 1 change will affect most professionals with a Creative Cloud app, at some point. When a Creative Cloud app is eventually update, files created in that app, with Type 1 fonts, will not open properly.
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“More than 85% of the major corporations we looked at are still using Type 1 fonts … What happens there from next year onwards can really lead to a disaster, and for everyone in the graphic arts industry … It’s like a cycle that affects everyone: not just printers, but agencies, marketing departments, industrial companies – everyone who creates print PDFs with InDesign and other Adobe programs.”– Dirk Simanek, founder and chief executive of
automation specialist, Artoption
Type 1 Fonts Used As Corporate Fonts
Postscript Type 1 fonts are still widely used (often as corporate identity fonts) in many print documents for advertising, marketing, branding, instruction, etc. Replacement of corporate identity fonts is a major undertaking.
International campaigns may regularly print different versions of thousands of multilingual products. Even one change could require extensive manual work and visual checks.
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Preflight Problems are Evolving not Diminishing
The ending of Adobe Type 1 font support is causing problems and, in general, font problems
and other document issues are increasing. FlightCheck helps users to check fonts and file details
to ensure quality control, for print, publishing, graphic design, and archival workflows.
Font Replacement Costs
A company may plan to edit an existing document, but replacing a corporate font is not a simple task. A similar Open or True Type font that is replacing the corporate Type 1 font may cause a number of text issues, such as text boxes that may chop the font.
There are time and labor costs to manually check all of the files to identify the Type 1 fonts, to get customer approval on replacement fonts, to buy font licenses, etc. There are also production costs for font replacement, including expenses for materials and energy.
Print services may store many thousands of customer print files with Type 1 fonts. Since denial and procrastination do not help, print services should plan to be proactive, communicate with their customers, and have a solution on hand, to replace non-embedded Type 1 fonts. A plan that is not followed could be costly for both print shops and their customers.
Type 1 Font Support Ceased
In January 2023, when Adobe ceases support for Type 1 font formats, users will not be able to create content using Type 1 fonts. Even if you have these fonts installed, Adobe applications won’t recognize them.
Creatives, graphic designers, and other document designers, as well as their production workflows, are being greatly impacted by this shift, which will transform the creative landscape for many years to come. This creates a huge issue for many professionals in creative, print, and publishing businesses, who must address documents that use Type 1 fonts.
It takes time and money to adapt to font adjustments and print shops must consider what needs to be done with servers, systems and processes, to avoid disruptions within the workflow environment. Some considerations include the financial impact and productivity issues caused by these changes, plus the need to update the many documents that contain Type 1 fonts.
“I’ve been looking over a lot of pages, … for– Kevin Slimp, Publisher & CEO/Speaker/Consultant, Market Square Publishing + Founder/Guru, Newspaper Academy, newspaperacademy.com
potential areas of improvement and problems. …
Along with the usual assortment of editorial
and design quandaries, I’m finding a lot of
Type 1 fonts. Yes, the InDesign desktop is a
veritable potpourri of Type 1 hiding places.”
Type 1 Font-Finding Software
Printers who postponed acting on plans for this font change, will be forced to quickly find a solution. Markzware, developer of the FlightCheck document quality control application for macOS, is here to help. This application can assist you in alleviating the challenges and chaos that can be experienced in the creative workflow.
FlightCheck reports on and packages all fonts found in your document. This thorough document analyzer gives you an overview of used fonts and additional font details.
Find Adobe Type 1 Fonts With FlightCheck Preflighting Application:
Turn the “Used AND Is Type 1” option ON, to flag fonts that are Type 1.
You can automate the process, to flag Type 1 fonts in PDFs and other file types, using Markzware’s FlightCheck preflighting application. Using this software to check documents saves considerable time and money, compared to using manual checks.
This solution will automatically check all common print documents for PostScript Type 1 fonts and will provide a report that lists all fonts found in each document. Among other offerings, it provides important print checkpoints from which to select. It will also generate a document inventory report, a preflight report, a print-readiness score, and the packaged print job. These reports generated by FlightCheck give font details, which print professionals can share, as a value-added service to their customers.]
FlightCheck Ground Controls To Find Type 1 Fonts
Within the FlightCheck “Ground Controls,” you can make selections for FlightCheck to identify and report on Type 1 fonts. Here is a video about FlightCheck Ground Controls, which you can easily set up to check fonts:
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Markzware’s FlightCheck application offers print document previews, preflighting, reporting, and packaging
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(described in this video), which will warn you of font issues and other document production problems!
Alternative Font Support
• If you subscribe to Creative Cloud, the Adobe Fonts service offers free Adobe Type fonts (Adobe Originals, etc.).
• Fontspring (an Adobe partner) offers OpenType fonts.
To upgrade a third-party (non-Adobe) Type 1 font to the OpenType format, ask the font publisher how to upgrade.
Turn Off Creative Cloud Update
Markzware recommends going to Adobe Creative Cloud > Preferences > turn off Auto-update for all of your Creative Cloud applications, to make sure your apps aren’t set to update automatically. (Creative Cloud app versions are occasionally updated and due to new feature requirements or operating system requirements, it may make sense to eventually update your applications, when most appropriate.)
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Smart businesses will want to address the issues mentioned above, as soon as possible. Post or communicate about the change, to notify Type 1 font users, who may be grateful for the information.
Markzware wishes you the best, in dealing with the Type 1 font change, and hopes that this article will help you and the contacts with whom you share the information. So, feel free to pass it on. Try the free fully-functional, 30-day demo version of FlightCheck, to be able to preview, preflight, report on, and package document files, today!
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