Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Checking the font version, part of Font Management Essential Training (2017).
If you open a document, and experience some unexpected font problems, it may be because you're using the wrong version of a font. Like all software, fonts are updated from time to time. And the changes that are introduced with each new version can cause you problems if you don't notice it. So let's see how to check a font version, in both Mac and Windows. On the Mac, you can use Font Book to see the version number of a font. Just select a font like Zapfino here. Click on the info button and you can see version, right here.
Some individual font producers may not include version numbers but certainly all the major foundries do. You can also just see the version number in the finder so if I reveal this font by pressing Cmd+R. I can see the version number right here in the finder window or I could also just right click on it and choose Get Info. And the version number appears here. In Windows I can right click on a Font file, and choose Properties. Click on Details, and here's the version number right here. Some fonts may contain mutiple styles, for those just double click Select a single style. Right click.
And again choose Properties > Details, and here's the file version. Now some of the time different versions of a font may be nearly identical, and it won't really matter which one you use. But in other cases it matters a lot which version of a font you use. Here in the finder, I have two versions of the font Univers Condensed. And I can press the Spacebar to preview them. And I'll just open up the preview a little bit bigger. And if I press the down arrow key to select the other version of Univers, you can see the difference. See how the letter shapes are different and the spacing is different too? Now let's see what happens inside a document if I switch between these two font versions.
I'll switch over to Adobe InDesign. I'll select this text frame, which contains text in Univers Condensed. And, I'll press the keyboard shortcut to convert all the type to outlines, and keep a copy of the type, underneath. So I'll press Cmd+Shift+Option+O, here on the Mac. And if I move it out of the way, you can see I have my new type outlines An the original untouched text underneath. I'll just undo to put that back. And, I'll also change the color, of my outline text, to cyan, just so we can see the difference really clearly.
Between my original text which I just outlined, and the font that I'm about to change when I switch versions. So go back to the Finder. And in my InDesign folder, I have fonts. And here's the version of univers that's currently used in the document. I'll move that out of the in design fonts folder. And switch it with the other version. Go back to my document, and you can see the change that happened right away. See how the horizontal spacing changed? And you can also see why I picked this actual text. So there's a lot more space in between the R and the comma in this version of the font, and so it takes up more space horizontally.
You can see how this might lead to big problems like text re-flow or overset text. So if you see unexpected text re-flow like that One of the first things to do is to check the versions of the fonts that you're using. If you're getting the document from someone else, ask them to check their font versions and compare that to yours. Or if you installed new software since the document was last opened Check to see if it installed newer versions of the fonts. In this movie, we saw some of the things that can change in your documents when you use a different version of a font as well as how to tell which version of a font you have, to troubleshoot the problem, and find the version you need.
- What is a font?
- Understanding TrueType, PostScript, and OpenType fonts
- Using web fonts
- Understanding what fonts come with your computer
- Purchasing fonts
- Activating and deactivating fonts
- Installing fonts
- Using Mac Font Book or Suitcase Fusion
- Choosing font management software
- Identifying fonts
- Creating fonts in InDesign
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 12/08/2015. What changed?
A: We updated 11 movies to reflect changes in to the treatment of fonts in the Mac and Windows operating systems.
This course was updated on 01/25/2017. What changed?
The 01/25/2017 update featured changes to the following topics: operating system defaults, font libraries, avoiding problems with Mac system fonts, enabling and disabling fonts on a Mac. A new topic was also added: managing fonts on mobile devices.