Vendor Code problem or Why is Adobe System taking over my fonts?

Goran Soderstrom's picture

A somewhat funny headline, I know.

This is the story however, I cant seem to understand why fonts that I built in FontLab and made OTF-fonts of, show themselves in Suitcase Fusion as "Foundry: Adobe Systems".

I havent provided this information any where in the font...

?

Paul Dieterman's picture

You can find it under Font Info -> Version and Identification -> Identification settings. Your TrueType vendor code will be set at ADBE, which is Adobe's. This vendor code will end up in the OS/2 table of your OT font and therefore will be identified as an Adobe font.

Paul

Goran Soderstrom's picture

Thanks, but that’s not the problem. I have a vendor code which is AUTO – this one is also filled in, in the field you are mentioning. My vendor code is regisered at Microsoft.
Why should AUTO become Adobe Systems?

Miss Tiffany's picture

Goran, I added a little bit to your title to make it sound less like a corporate take over. ;^P I hope that is ok.

Goran Soderstrom's picture

Miss Tiffany — of course, thanks!

Paul Dieterman's picture

You could check if your vendor code really ends up in the OS/2 table (by making a ttx dump). If it does, at least you know it probably is not a Fontlab issue. In the fonts I produce I use an unregistered lowercase code of my company and never encountered these kind of problems
Paul

Goran Soderstrom's picture

Paul, thanks for your reply. As you probably already had guessed I am rather new to all this, so making a "ttx dump" is something I really dont understand what it is. What does it mean, and how do you do it?

I searched in the FontLab manual for ttx, no hits.
Thanks in advance.

Paul Dieterman's picture

I'm sorry Goran, didn't mean to baffle you. TTX is well explained over here, but in brief: ttx wil decompile your OTF file to a xml file so you can check, modify or debug your font in a plain text environment. TTX allows for roundtripping so you can recompile your ttx file to an Open Type font file. I heard some people struggling with it, but it works perfectly for me.

Paul

Goran Soderstrom's picture

Thanks Paul :) – I’ll start with this, and see if my Vendor Code is in the font. I just realized that it also could be Suitcase that shows Adobe Systems, if it dont know of my code...? Just a thought.

twardoch's picture

Goran,

the easiest thing to do is just to generate a font and then open it in FontLab Studio again -- you will see what vendor code got there. You say "FontLab" -- does it mean you're still using the old 4.6 version?

A.

Goran Soderstrom's picture

Adam, great idea ;-)

I’m on Fontlab 5.02, and the vendor code is still there if I open the generated font in FontLab.

It must be Suitcase-related in other words.

Thomas Phinney's picture

"All your font are belong to us!"

Nick Shinn's picture

LOL!

Goran Soderstrom's picture

Exactly — without knowing it I have always been working for Adobe ;-)

Thomas Phinney's picture

That's how we manage to get by with such a small official staff in the type group, you see....

T

bruno_maag's picture

I've always known that it was Adobe and not Microsoft which is the evil empire. :-)

Bruno Maag

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