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There is a little known extesion provided by Microsoft that extends the amount of font information available to users. After installing this extension, you’ll be able to view significantly more information about your TrueType and OpenType fonts than with the standard Windows installation.

  1. Download and install the extension.
  2. Locate your original font file on disk. Typically, fonts are stored in your C:\WINDOWS\Fonts directory.
  3. Right click the font file and choose Properties.

Windows Font Extension


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Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced that Halstead York, Extensis product manager will present a session titled “Font Management: Best Practices in OS X,” at the InDesign Headquarters in Seattle Washington. On Tuesday, November 7th at 8:30 a.m., York will discuss how to take control of your fonts. The session will examine the unique requirements required of a creative typography workflow. The use of thousands of fonts in a creative workgroup presents challenges to the creation of a flexible yet controlled computing environment. This session will explore these challenges, present proven workflow solutions and demonstrate them.

The InDesign Conference: Master Class is presented by Barrycon events. For more information on the conference go to http://www.barrycon.com/conference.php?sid=1&cid=16


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Creativepro.com editor John Berry recently published an interesting piece about using Expert Characters and Expert Sets from your OpenType fonts. Expert characters are additional characters that can be added to fonts for items such as ligatures, small caps, fractions and so forth. John does a good job of how to use these new Expert Characters in his workflow. Check it out.


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Today the UK magaizine Digit published an interesting article the details the steps required to bring a job to press. Fonts are an important part of the print process, and this article goes through the requirements that you should consider including font licensing and so forth.

To help you in the process of gathering fonts, Suitcase Fusion includes a Collect Fonts for Output tool, as well as the ability to drag selected fonts directly out onto the Desktop. Collected fonts are automatically separated into font families for ease of reference.

If you are a Font Reserve user, you can use the Font Sense plug-ins for QuarkXPress, InDesign and Illustrator to help collect fonts for output.


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