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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I test drive a font?
Every Unifonts typeface has a tab that allows you to type your own text to see how it displays in font you are interested in. Just click on the button "Test Drive" and enter your own text in the new window. Remember that you will need to have Flash installed in your computer. With most browsers, the sample text will update automatically.

How do I buy fonts?
1. Click on Buy next to any font you want to purchase.
2. On the Purchase Options page select the plataform you are in. You will be redirected to RegNow secured site.
3. On the Shopping Cart page, click on "Order Now" or "Add to Basket". If you click on "Add to Basket" botton, you should click on "Continue Shopping" to be redirected to our site.
4. When you are ready to check out, click on the shopping cart icon on top of the page and follow the instructions.

What if nothing happens when I click the "Download Now " button?
Unifonts shopping cart uses cookies to keep track of user sessions. If you do not have cookies enabled in your browser, you may not be able to add fonts to your cart. Please make ensure that cookies are enabled in your browser. The cookies are only used to control the shopping cart.

Can I pay by check?
Yes, you can pay by check through regular mail. To do this, print out the Unifonts Order Form in pdf and mail it to:
Unifonts
673 Old Stratfield Road,
Fairfield, CT 06825
U.S.A.

How do I pay for fonts?
You can use a credit card or check. If you are a business located in the U.S., you can also pay through a purchase order. Contact us for details on how to pay through a purchase order.

How do I download a font?
After you buy your fonts, you will be directed to a Downloads page to confirm that your order is completed.

How do I unpack a font file?

On Windows:
Windows font files are zip file archives. Zip file archives have a file extension of .zip. Recent versions of Windows (XP and 2000) can unpack zip file archives and self-extracting zip files when you right click on the file, and select "Extract". Otherwise, use software such as TurboZip, WinZip, or FreeZip to unpack these files.


On Mac OS

Mac OS font files are compressed and encoded as either .hqx or .sit files. Usually, your browser will automatically unpack these files after downloading them. By default, these files appear on the Desktop. However, if you have problems unpacking them, you can download StuffIt Expander at no charge. Once you have installed the software, you can extract the files by dragging and dropping the HQX or SIT file onto the StuffIt Expander application (rather than double clicking on the file). This also works with .sea files.

Why my font is not available in my applications?

Some applications need to be restarted for changes to take effect. Exit the application and start it up again to see if the fonts are available.

Follow the steps below if you do not see fonts in the Font Menu:

1. Scan the entire font menu. The font may not be where you expect it to be. For example, Adrian Bold appears B Adriana Bold. Also, particularly in Mac OS X, the order may not be strictly alphabetical; some fonts may appear at the end of the font list.
2. Make sure you have installed the fonts correctly. For Classic, Mac OS 9.x and earlier the font suitcase (and associated PostScript font file if any) must be loose in the Fonts folder. They will not work if they are inside a subfolder.
3. Close and restart the application. For most applications, if you install a font while it is running, it does not rebuild the font menu to show the new fonts you have added.
4. Restart the computer. It is amazing how often this fixes mysterious problems.
5. Check a simple application, such as Text Edit in Mac OS X, or WordPad in Windows. If the font works one of these applications, but not in your primary application, consult the documentation for the primary application. There may be special requirements for font installation.
6. For OpenType fonts on Mac OS 8.x and 9.x, try using Adobe OTF File Typer to correct the file type and creator codes for files with names ending in ".otf". The utility is available as a free download from Adobe. This utility does not work in Mac OS X.
7. In Windows, if you are using Adobe Type Manager and the font does not appear in an Adobe product, such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe PhotoShop, search your computer for all copies of the file AdobeFnt.lst by following the steps below:
* Choose Start > Search (or Find depending on your Windows version) > For Files or Folders to launch the Find utility.
* Delete all copies of the AdobeFnt.lst file. Adobe applications recreate this file when you restart them.

What are TrueType fonts?

TrueType font format was a response to Adobe PostScript fonts jointly developed by Apple and Microsoft in the late 80s, several years after the release of the PostScript font format. Many of the fonts included with both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems are TrueType. TrueType fonts contain both the screen and printer font data in a single component, making the fonts easier to install. For this reason, TrueType is a good choice for those who have limited experience working with and installing fonts.

The TrueType format, also allows for “hinting,” a process that improves the on-screen legibility of a font.

You can use a TrueType font on any computer running the Mac OS or Windows operating system.

On Windows, TrueType fonts use the file extension .ttf.

When a font appears in a folder or on a disk, its icon displays using the file name. When a font is installed in the Windows Fonts folder, it displays using the font name.

On the Mac OS, TrueType fonts work with all versions from 7.0 and up.

What is a PostScript font?

The PostScript or “Type 1” font format was developed by Adobe in the 1980s, several years before the release of TrueType. The format is based on Adobe’s PostScript printing technology – a programming language that allows for high-resolution output of resizable graphics. PostScript has long been viewed as a reliable choice, particularly for professional designers, publishers and printers.

PostScript, or Type 1, fonts have two parts, For Windows, the two files are a printer outline (.PFB) and a metrics file (.PFM). For Macintosh, the two files are a PostScript Type 1 outline font (LWFN) and Font Suitcase (FFIL). These Mac files are also sometimes referred to as the printer font and bitmap font respectively.

The outline contains the information for printing a smooth font at any size. The metrics file or font suitcase contains the measurement information an application needs to display the font on screen at specific sizes. You should always keep the two files together so that the font displays and prints properly. On Windows, additional metrics may be included in an associated .AFM or .INF file. (What are AFM and INF files?)

The PostScript file names do not necessarily resemble the actual names of the fonts that appear in the Font menu of an application. However, when you install the fonts into the Windows Fonts folder, the system displays a single icon representing the two files and using the font's actual name.

On Mac OS X, each PostScript Type 1 outline font requires a corresponding bitmap font suitcase. It is quite common for one suitcase to be shared among a family of fonts as shown below.

What are OpenType fonts?

OpenType is the latest font format to be introduced. It's a joint effort from Adobe and Microsoft. Like TrueType, OpenType fonts contain both the screen and printer font data in a single component. However, the OpenType format has several exclusive capabilities including support for multiple platforms and expanded character sets. OpenType fonts can be used on either Macintosh or Windows operating systems. Additionally, the OpenType format permits the storage of up to 65,000 characters. This additional space provides type designers with the freedom to include add-ons such as small caps, old style figures, alternate characters and other extras that previously needed to be distributed as separate fonts.

Not all OpenType fonts contain additional characters. Many fonts have been converted from either PostScript or TrueType formats without expanded character sets to take advantage of the cross-platform functionality benefits of OpenType. Unless clearly stated otherwise, assume that the OpenType font you are purchasing features the traditional character set found in PostScript and TrueType fonts. OpenType fonts that do contain expanded character sets are referred to informally as “OpenType Pro” fonts. Support for OpenType Pro fonts is steadily increasing.

On Windows, you can install OpenType fonts on any computer running Windows XP or Windows 2000. The same OpenType font can be installed in Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Mac OS X. Windows XP and 2000 will recognize these fonts as OpenType fonts. Windows Me/98/95 and Windows NT 4 will usually recognize them as TrueType or PostScript fonts, depending on the "OpenType flavor".

When a font appears in a folder or on a disk, its icon displays using the file name. When a font is installed in the Windows Fonts folder, it displays using the font name.

On the Mac OS, an OpenType font has only one part. OpenType fonts work in Mac OS X only. The same OpenType font that can be installed Windows XP and Windows 2000, can be installed in Mac OS X.

How do I use PostScript fonts with older versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000 and Mac OS prior to Mac OS X?

Windows Vista, XP, Windows 2000, and Mac OS X inherently support PostScript Type 1 fonts. To use Type 1 fonts with any prior version of Windows or Mac OS, you should install Adobe Type Manager (ATM).

For Windows Me/98/95 or Windows NT 4, use ATM Deluxe, ATM Light, or ATM version 4.0 or later. For Windows 3.1 or NT 3.5.1, use ATM version 3.x. Download those files for free from this links:
ATM Light 4.61 for Macintosh (.hqx/3.43 MB)
ATM Light 4.1 for Windows 95/98/ME/NT4 (.exe/12.11 MB )


What are AFM and INF files?
AFM files contain Adobe font metrics information. INF files contain other font information. Your font files may include AFM or INF files for the fonts. However, unless your application tells you that you need the AFM or INF files, you can ignore them.

What are font suitcases?

On Mac Systems prior to Mac OS X, bitmap fonts and TrueType fonts travel inside suitcases. Suitcases can contain either:

1. a collection of bitmaps for a particular PostScript Type 1 font family
or
2. individual fonts, such as regular, italic, bold, and bold italic, of a particular TrueType font family (and sometimes bitmaps as well for that TrueType family)

Although you can remove a font from a suitcase, it may not work properly outside the suitcase. Always leave fonts stored inside suitcases.

On Mac OS X where fonts are organized quite differently, suitcases look more like ordinary files, the contents of which can no longer be viewed and identified in the Finder. However, the term, Font Suitcase, continues to be seen when fonts are viewed as List.
We recommend viewing font folders in list view to make it easier to tell the difference between folders and files.


When I run a report using ATM for the Macintosh, it reports "errors" with the font. What’s the problem?

Sometimes ATM "reports" errors with typefaces when you run a report. Actually, there is probably no problem at all. However, this doesn’t mean the font is damaged. It’s possible the error was a result of a conflict having to do with the version of ATM you’re running, or, as strange as this may seem, it might be connected to the age of the font. To accurately find out if a font is indeed damaged, install the font in the FONTS folder which is located in the System Folder. If you have no problem installing the font, and it displays and prints fine, then there is nothing wrong with the font.


 

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