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Font Foundries Embrace OpenType Font Format

Adobe creative suite spearheads OpenType font adoption (August 05, 2004)

Adobe Systems Incorporated just announced that the OpenType font format is gaining new support among the world's leading font foundries, including Bitstream, Emigre, the Font Bureau, FontShop International (FontFont), House Industries, Linotype, Morisawa, and URW++. Adobe has been the vanguard of popularizing the OpenType font format, including more than 100 OpenType fonts in the Adobe Creative Suite software, the company's award-winning design publishing platform.

Created by Adobe and Microsoft Corporation to improve cross-platform document portability and simplify font management, OpenType is the industry's first single font file to work on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. The font format includes advanced typographic and multi-lingual support, easing workflow and raising quality standards across the design industry.

"Adobe's co-founder John Warnock summed up the importance of type when he said 'Good typography is something everyone sees but nobody notices,'" said Jim Heeger, senior vice president of Creative Professional Products at Adobe. "The industry's embrace of OpenType and Adobe Creative Suite signals a return to higher typographic standards. Now creative professionals can produce outstanding work beyond expectations, with easier cross-platform collaboration and more streamlined workflows than ever before."

"Small is beautiful - rather than developing 192 separate fonts for a full-featured type family, we now only need to produce 24 fonts," said Bruno Steinert, managing director of Linotype Library GmbH. "The merging of expert sets and additional languages into a single font file makes it easier for us to produce full-featured fonts. OpenType is also simple for our customers to use. Notorious cross-platform compatibility issues are now history."

Creativity Enhanced Through Typography
Built-in support for OpenType format fonts in Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, and Adobe InDesign CS software, key components in Adobe Creative Suite, takes creativity to higher levels. Advanced OpenType features include: standard ligatures, discretionary ligatures, small capitals, oldstyle figures, swashes, non-standard ligatures, and titling capitals. Creative professionals can also access all glyphs in any font with the Glyph Palette functionality available in Illustrator CS and InDesign CS.

Advanced Linguistic Support
Customers with international publishing requirements also benefit from OpenType. OpenType format fonts may contain over 65,000 glyphs, and characters for additional languages, such as Czech, Polish, Greek, and Russian. OpenType also supports Unicode, so character access, and text import, and export are more reliable. Adobe's entire Type Library has been converted to the OpenType format. The new fonts can be used in documents alongside existing PostScript Type 1 and TrueType fonts without conflicts. OpenType fonts are natively supported in Mac OS X, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Older operating systems can obtain OpenType support through Adobe Type Manager (A) Light, a free system software component download available at

For more information about OpenType, please visit Adobe's Web site:

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe helps people and businesses communicate better through its world-leading digital imaging, design and document technology platforms for consumers, creative professionals and enterprises. Adobe's revenue in its last fiscal year exceeded $1.2 billion. For more information about Adobe, visit


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