Bitstream Font Equivalencies List

ryanholmes's picture

My employer has a site license for the Bitstream Type Odyssey Mac CD, and I wanted to compare some of the fonts to the Adobe/ITC/Linotype/MT versions I am more familiar with, since the numerical names from Bitstream aren't always that helpful... I found some matches from a forum search, others from myfonts, and yet others from google, and thought someone else might find such a list useful. Some of the Bitstream fonts below appear to be clones of the more familiar versions; others are only loosely based on the matched font. The usual accuracy disclaimer applies, I may have made some search mistakes, YMMV, etc....

Aldine 401 = Bembo
Aldine 430 = Stempel Garamond
Aldine 721 = News Plantin
Drescher Grotesk = Avenir
Dutch 766 = Adobe Caslon
Dutch 801 = Times New Roman
Dutch 809 = Concorde
Dutch 811 = Olympian
Dutch 823 = Aster
Engravers Gothic = Copperplate
Engravers Old Style = Cochin
Garamond (American) = Garamond #3
Garamond (Classical) = Sabon
Garamond (Elegant) = Granjon
Garamond (Italian) = Simoncini Garamond
Garamond (Original) = Stempel Garamond
Geometric 231 = Kabel
Geometric 415 = Metro
Geometric 706 = Neuzeit Grotesk
Geometric Slab Serif 703 = Memphis
Geometric Slab Serif 712 = Rockwell
Gothic 720 = MT Grotesque
Gothic 725 = Akzidenz Grotesk
Humanist 521 = Gill Sans
Humanist 531 = Syntax
Humanist 777 = Frutiger
Humanist Slab Serif 712 = Egyptienne
Incised 901 = Antique Olive
Kis = Janson Text
Lapidary 333 = Perpetua
Latin 725 = Meridien
Modern No. 20 = Scotch Roman
News 701 = Clarendon
News 702 = Excelsior
News 705 = Corona
News 706 = Aurora
Revival 555 = Horley Old Style
Revival 565 = Berling
Square 721 = Eurostile
Swiss 721 = Helvetica
Transitional 511 = New Caledonia
Transitional 521 = Electra
Transitional 551 = Fairfield
Venetian 301 = Centaur
Zapf Elliptical 711 = Melior
Zapf Humanist 601 = Optima
Zapf Calligraphic 801 = Palatino
Zurich = Univers

loremipsum's picture

Drescher Grotesk is Drescher Grotesk, not Avenir.
Dutch 766 is Imprint, not Adobe Caslon.

qu1j0t3's picture

IME the quality is usually better than Adobe.

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