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Type 1 fonts and Windows 7

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  • Hi, I work for a large media company and we extensively use Adobe Type 1 (or Postscript) fonts in pre-press. We have licence agreements to use these fonts in our publications.

    We have just started testing apps on Windows 7 RC (there was a corporate decision not to migrate to Vista because of lifecycle issues with XP) and have found it difficult, if not impossible, to install our fonts.  It would appear that the methods for installing Type 1 may have changed requiring different file types.

    Can anyone shed any light on this?
    • Moved by Carey FrischMVP, Moderator Monday, January 31, 2011 10:15 AM Moved to relevant forum category (From:Windows 7 Miscellaneous)
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 2:51 PM

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  • ngtech,

    This was the best write-up I can find, and it suggests that as long as you have the corresponding .pfm and .pfb files, Type 1 fonts should be installing fine. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
    -Alex
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 5:27 PM
  • nqetech -

    Just tested out installing a few T1 fonts. There are two general rules for how to do this.

    1.) Drag/drop both the PFM and PFB files (the INF and AFM files aren't important nor needed) to C:\Windows\Fonts
    2.) Open each font by clicking on the PFM and clicking the Install button at the top of the font preview window.

    #2 is slower, but it works as well as any other with any font type that Windows 7 supports:

    TrueType - TTF
    TrueType Collection - TTC
    OpenType - OTF
    Type 1 -  PFB/PFM
    Raster - FON

    Note: If you drag/drop Type 1 fonts (PFB/PFM) to the Windows\Fonts folder, Windows 7 may complain when copying the PFB saying that it's missing the PFM and that you should install using the PFM.

    Either way - both methods work tho #2 is preferred when dealing with a T1 font.
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:36 PM
  • Hi,

    I have type 1 font that comes from vendor in 3 files: AFM, INF and PFB.

    Is there any way to direct install this font without using "intermediate" WindowsXP to generate PFM file?
    NNTP лучше!
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 11:54 PM
  • Go here and download "AfmtoPfm 1.0" (it's free)

    http://www.proximasoftware.com/download.htm


    Once installed you select the location of your current AFM, INF and PFB files and then click "create PFM files".

    You can now install them on Windows 7 :-)
    • Proposed as answer by KennyB1978 Tuesday, February 01, 2011 4:36 PM
    Friday, November 20, 2009 3:14 PM
  • I am having this same issue as the OP.  Have tried both methods for installing my Type 1 files (e.g. drag and drop and the "install" button in the font viewer) to no avail.  When attempting to drag and drop, I receive the same error message as the OP mentioned, and the fonts do not display in my Adobe applications.

    Does anyone have any additional information they can offer?  I have purchased hundreds of fonts in the Type 1 format over the years.  For them to not work in Windows 7 is completely unacceptable.
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 4:18 PM
  • That was EXTREMELY helpful.
    Monday, August 02, 2010 8:44 PM
  • I had this problem too but I had fonts in PFM format already. I try to install fonts meny various ways and programs (Word, Photoshop, InDesign...) didn't show them. I solved my problem in weird way.

    I openen my burning software InfranRecorder and explorer font files from cd. The I click right button on the font file and select Install. Now it installed correct.

    Then I tried to install font without burning program. The fonts installed normally but didn't show in programs. So I have to use for example my burning software to install new Type1 fonts.

    Monday, January 31, 2011 10:08 AM
  • This totally worked for me! Thank you!
    Tuesday, February 01, 2011 4:36 PM
  • This worked for me as well (I used Firefox and "Open file" and right clicked and install), thanks a lot! Maybe it is needed to run the whole font viewing program as administrator?
    Friday, July 15, 2011 11:41 PM