Windows OpenType CFF Font Rendering

We have a situation where our identity font is displaying terribly in Microsoft 2010 on Windows 7. The font looks great in InDesign and Illustrator. The font family is OpenType with PostScript outlines, aka CFF. This behavior is consistent for any OpenType font from Adobe, ie Myriad Pro or Adobe Garamond.

I am nearly certain that the Windows font rendering engine is optimized for TrueType outlines and renders PostScript outlines poorly. I also think that Adobe is using a different rendering engine for the Creative Suite applications, perhaps their own. I have not been able to find any specific documentation of these statements.

Does this ring true? Does anyone know of specific documentation of poor font rendering in Windows applications, especially MS Office?

hrant's picture

What's the typeface in question?


Si_Daniels's picture

What is Microsoft 2010, do you mean Office? Office 2013 moved to "DirectWrite" rendering which many consider better.

hrant's picture

BTW when somebody says "I can't find Microsoft on this computer", I reply: "Yeah, it's in Washington state."


_m_space's picture

The font in question is H & FJ's Whitney, though the problem shows for any OpenType font containing PostScript Outlines, such as Adobe Myriad Pro.

Yes, I meant Microsoft Office 2010.

FWIW, I have also advised not to use the primary identity font in any MS Office documents. Inevitably, the document will end up on a machine - internally or a client's - that is not licensed for Whitney, causing font substitution and layout problems.


charles ellertson's picture

Well, there is this, from John Hudson, in a current build forum thread:

Font rendering is platform-specific (where platform is typically operating system, but can be individual applications (e.g. Adobe apps, which use their own rendering engines) or subsets of the system (e.g. the Metro environment on Windows 8). So the best way to test font rendering, hinted or otherwise, is to test widely on as many platforms as possible.

I suspect generalities will have to do you, vis-a-vis MS Word, which runs on multiple operating systems even within the Mac/Windows dichotomy.

FWIW, I've heard the same rumor: for Word, always use ttf fonts. And if you want OT features to work, be sure a digital signature is seen.

By the way, I don't believe the company is now known as H&F-J, esp. where Whitney is involved...

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