Two different types of .otf, which to use?

kathykate's picture

I've been having a massive long overdue type sort out and am putting all my fonts into different folder - postscript, .dfonts etc.

But I have discovered I have two different types of OTF and don't know which to use. For instance, one will have the green and black O symbol, the .otf suffix yet be listed as TrueType font under kind, then I have another sort which has the F on a grey block symbol with OTF underneath it, and be listed under kind as OpenType font.

As I'm trying to streamline my fonts, I want to amalgamate all into one OTF folder so want to go with the best ones. Does it matter which ones I choose?

ralf h.'s picture

The ones with the OpenType logo are digitally signed, the others are not. Nothing to worry about.

Ralf

kathykate's picture

So if I have ACaslonPro-Bold as both sorts, which is it best to choose to put into my library? If I put both sorts into FontExplorer won't it cause a conflict?

I'm a graphic designer and send a lot of stuff off to digital printers as PDF's.

Cheers for answer though!

kathykate's picture

OK now I'm really confused... I have a folder which I've called TTF (true type fonts) and within I have a font called Arial Black.ttf. It has the F symbol, and it listed as Windows true type font under kind. Yet when I drop this font into FontExplorer it says the format is Opentype and the symbol has changed to the green and black O.

I don't understand!

ralf h.'s picture

So if I have ACaslonPro-Bold as both sorts, which is it best to choose to put into my library?

Doesn't matter. You should probably rather look for the font with the higher version number.

I don’t understand!

Again, nothing to worry about. A TrueType font and an OpenType font with TrueType outlines is basically the same thing. If you wan't to sort your fonts by format, you might want to separate old PostScript Type1 fonts and everything that is called TrueType or OpenType. But there is no need to have folders like "ttf" or "otf".

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