A question about buying a font for my mac

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  1. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    I want to buy this font from a website, its really wonderful looking and pleasing, but i'm confused over a few technicalities with the font and how OSX deals with new fonts with the Fontbook and Appleworks or any program which has to incorporate a new font.

    I've never used fontbook before either.

    The font can be found here btw: http://www.linotype.com/13652/kabellight-font.html#

    It is the same font that is used in Lost in Translation.

    The questions:
    Anyway what format should I purchase it as? Is it a TrueType or PostScript type font that OSX uses?

    Once I double click it in FontBook how would Appleworks take advantage of it, if it doesn't what is the process so I can use it?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Mac OS X's Quartz rendering engine displays and prints OpenType, PostScript, and TrueType fonts. Your Kabel font costs a little more in OpenType format but would work on a PC too. It may have more characters and therefore support more non-western languages than in the other formats. An OpenType font can have over 60,000 glyphs (letter shapes), which may make a difference for use internationally.

    If you don't need those benefits, either of the other formats should work on your Mac, but I'd favor the TrueType font since the fonts that come with Mac OS X are TrueType, other than the Hiragino fonts, which are labeled as "OpenType PostScript".
     
  3. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Okay thanks for that but there is no TrueType option for that particular font, since thats the case should i purchase the opentype one?
     
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    Gee, I was observant, wasn't I? (hits forehead with hand) Sorry. Yes, I see that they don't have a Mac TrueType choice. If it was me, I'd get the OpenType version. However, I've only purchased fonts a few times, and there are many MacRumors members who deal with fonts every day and know more about this than I do. If you aren't in a hurry, you should certainly wait until some of them chime in here.
     
  5. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Its okay I've gone with what you had said and purchased the Opentype one.

    I'm assuming the other questions will be nullified once i install it into the FontBook so that Appleworks can use it.
     
  6. Krizoitz macrumors 6502a

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    All you have to do is double click on the font file after it downloads and it should launch FontBook. It will then ask you if you want to install it. Hit yes, and then launch AppleWorks and it will be there ready to go.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    OpenType holds both TrueType and PostScript Type 1. I would recommend that you buy OpenType. However, MacOS X 10.x handles OpenType, Type 1, and TrueType in both Mac and Windows format.
     
  8. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the extra replies-help, I havn't been able to purchase the font yet because the server if now offline, as luck would have it.
     
  9. MacRAND macrumors 6502a

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    4 Kabel std family OpenType fonts plus 61 other fonts just $99 TOTAL @ Adobe

    Later, you posted that you had selected OpenType font format over TrueType and PostScript, which is exactly what you should do from now on. OpenType is the future, mainly because it is cross-platform (PC & Mac), non-specific, and has the greatest potential for gliphs, as has already been pointed out.

    When buying fonts, always look to see what the whole Family of the font looks like (so you can pick wisely)
    Kabel Family of fonts by Linotype
    Secondly, always check to see if it is a part of a "package" of several fonts, which together are not that much more expensive - Adobe is famous for this, and it is an inexpensive way to get the precise family of (4) fonts you want or need, and for a few dollars more several (like 61 in your case) other attractive fonts as a bonus - all for only $99 from Adobe.
    http://www.adobe.com/type/collections.html;jsessionid=4BUPGQ1AX4Y4BQFI0ILBT5OAVDJBIIV1
    Don't be afraid to call up Adobe or Linotype and ask them about available discounts, package deals, or the purchase of a whole family at discount.

    Adobe has each Kabel font for sale at $29 per font (just like Linotype does) but gives a 20% discount if buy all 5 fonts in the Kabel std family.
    http://www.adobe.com/type/browser/browser_K.jhtml
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    Every time you shop for fonts, be sure to shop Adobe, Linotype, and any other font suppliers to make sure you have the font and the deal you want.

    In particular, I strongly recommend that you look at two excellent packages that will give you lots of different fonts for very little money.

    Four of your Kabel fonts plus 61 others for only $99
    are part of the
    Adobe Type Basics OpenType Edition

    This collection of 65 of Adobe's most versatile typefaces makes a great foundation for any type library.

    http://www.adobe.com/type/browser/P/P_1902.jhtml
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    Another great deal is the Adobe Value Pack OpenType Edition for under $70
    http://www.adobe.com/type/browser/P/P_1900.jhtml
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    In 1991, the primary reason I abandoned Unisys/Burroughs and moved to Apple and got my first Macintosh, a MacLC, was because of the seemingly endless availability of fonts from Adobe, Linotype, and others as very reasonable prices compared to the selection limits and economic insults I had been use to. And for the first time, I owned a 300dpi LaserWriter printer that printed exactly what I saw on my color Mac monitor. I was in heaven.

    Although I already owned Linotext and Americana in postscript format, when OpenType became available and Adobe discounted each when first released, I immediately purchased both:
    Linotext std
    American std

    Linotext std came in a inexpensive package that also included
    Linoscript std
    Reporter std
     
  10. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Damn, i just bought it now from Linotype, i couldn't afford 99 dollars anyway, maybe next time, i sure do like the whole family so maybe in the future I will get it, thanks for the links, i'll bookmark them for later.

    I wanted to use this font so i could present my essay with it, nothing much else, nothing professional anyway. But they are all such lovely fonts, i'll get the rest later.
     

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