Helvetica on Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by NTNL, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. NTNL macrumors newbie

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    I have a retina MacBook Pro 13' late 2012 model.

    I have a Windows partition with Windows 8.1 Pro on it. I set my default font for the whole operating system to Arial but I was wondering if I can get Helvetica onto Windows so I can use Helvetica instead of Arial?
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Helvetica isn't a free typeface. You can buy it from Adobe, but it's quite expensive.
     
  3. NTNL thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It comes with the Mac. Would it work if I copy Helvetica to USB and move it into Windows?
     
  4. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    Both of you are wrong, in one sense or another...

    Helvetica was designed over 50 years ago by Linotype, which was acquired by Monotype several years ago. Adobe has nothing to do with licensing Helvetica. You can buy a license to use Helvetica from one of Monotype's resellers, which includes Adobe, or pick a reseller from Monotype's web site. Licenses for this font start at around $29 for one font, and families of Helvetica can run well over $1000. Buying a license doesn't mean you "own" a font - it belongs to the foundry that licenses it.

    Apple has been licensing Helvetica (and the other original Mac "core" fonts) since 1990, around the time I used my first Mac in college, and the fonts installed with OS X. I favored Palatino, personally. I generally subscribe to a service, currently Adobe's Creative Cloud, that includes the licenses I need at the time.

    You can't "port" or "copy" one of those fonts from one platform to another, it doesn't work that way, and it's not legal. You might be better off choosing a cross-platform font, or ponying up for the font(s) you want. Keep in mind that cross-platform fonts can render differently between platforms, but that's another story.
     
  5. chrfr macrumors 603

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    No, I'm not wrong. Licensing fonts is no different than "buying" any other software, but we typically aren't quite so pedantic when discussing it.
     
  6. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    If you've licensed fonts, and read the terms of the license then you'd know it's not like software licensing. And, I'm not being excessively precise in my post - you can't buy the font from Adobe. Sheesh.
     
  7. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Actually, I have done both. The license agreements for type from Adobe and anything else they offer are largely the same. Neither type nor applications are technically sold to an end user.
     
  8. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    Picking nits, eh? Helvetica isn't Adobe's to sell or licence - it's Monotype's. That was my point with your OP. Look, I've got a life and the point of the thread has been made. Bye.
     

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