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natazha
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From: pa
Insane since: Feb 2002

posted posted 04-17-2002 23:35

Font Help Needed!
I am new to cross-platform design so any help will be greatly appreciated…
How does the MAC version of QuakXpress handle PC formatted fonts? I have a True Type font that I have used in QuakXpress (PC version) and I have to open it up in QuakXpress on a MAC. Is there anything special that I need to prepare for when I collect for output? I have never worked cross-platform like this so I don’t really know what to expect when I try to open my Quark file. Does anyone have experience with this situation? Help Please!!!

Thanks in advance…


natazha

jedart
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Las Vegas
Insane since: Oct 2001

posted posted 04-28-2002 05:32

Fonts are the one thing that can and will go wrong when going cross platform. Here's what you do, design on the PC with true type fonts, download a Mac app called truetype converter (acidfonts.com I think). Copy the true type fonts from the PC, convert then to Mac true type fonts with TTC. That should prevent any font /text reflowing problems.

In the future we will have cross platform fonts from Adobe and Microsoft, I don't recall the name, Open Type? or something.

Me Again?

zro1zro
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Shock Therapy Center
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted posted 04-29-2002 16:40

Try this page... has tons of info for both direction converting:
http://cgm.cs.mcgill.ca/~luc/conversion.html

but truly, get TransType. I have it and it pretty much works for everything. I've even translated from Mac to pc to Mac again so that I could get printer fonts that I needed. So Just get that but for some interesting info on fonts use the above link.

natazha
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From: pa
Insane since: Feb 2002

posted posted 05-02-2002 01:44

Thanks for the suggestions – I will checkout the links.

natazha

thepj
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From: bastrop, texas, usa
Insane since: May 2002

posted posted 05-14-2002 18:25

There are some things you can do to make the transition to a cross platform design.
1. make an active list of all the fonts in your document and talk to the next person in process to see if the have the fonts on their system.
2. Quark and InDesign will allow you to convert fonts to outlines, (works best on small areas of text, full pages don't do so well)
3. if you have a full version of Acrobat, not just Reader, print the file to postscript (.ps) and rip through distiller with high quality print settings, and supply the next person in like with a pdf file.
4. pring to an eps file, then if worse comes to worse, and the next person in line doesn't have the fonts you do, open the file in photoshop, and make sure that nothing changed in the conversion, you can then save as a tiff, or other file format, and supply the next person in line a CD with your artwork
5. find a service bureau, they are cross platform in most cases, as they output film for most of the print shops in the area, but be prepared, they charge a lot, so make sure it's part of your quote before you take it there

pj

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