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Cross-Platform Layouts that Aren't Crossed Up by Fonts

Incompatibility of fonts between Mac and PC has been a major issue since the very beginnings of cross-platform computer graphics. As a Mac user, I’m faced with this problem every time I train a group in an organization that uses PCs to create their layouts. So I had to figure out how to set up my sample files in a way that no one would get the dreaded “Missing Fonts” warning on PC or Mac. That’s where OpenType comes in. This cross-platform type format allows a single font file to work equally well on PCs and Macs. But there are a lot of OpenType fonts. Which fonts could I use in my InDesign CS2 layouts created on a Mac that are sure to open in InDesign CS2 on a PC?

According to Adobe, the following font families, with all the same styles, are included with InDesign when it is purchased as a standalone or bundled application: Adobe Caslon Pro; Adobe Garamond Pro; Caflisch Script Pro; Letter Gothic; Lithos Pro; Myriad Pro; Myriad Pro Condensed; Poplar; Trajan Pro; Adobe Ming; Adobe Myungjo; Adobe Song; Kozuka Gothic Pro; Kozuka Mincho; Ryo Display; and Ryo Text. Please note that Adobe Jensen Pro, which I left off the list, includes more Styles when InDesign is purchased as a standalone application. I found out the hard way in my first cross-platform class. Talk about embarrassing!

Tip provided by Jeff Witchel, Certified Adobe® Training Provider.

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