I need to help someone with layout but don't have access to "Joanna MT". What could I use to approximate?

kutuzof's picture

I'm helping a friend edit a paper which will be printed in Joanna MT. I don't have access to that font on my PC. It also seems like you have to pay money to get it. Is there a free font that is similar enough that I could use instead?

kutuzof's picture

I have very little knowledge of Typography. What does that mean that they have a cheaper version? Is it the same as Adobe's version?

I kinda assumed there would be a free font out there that maybe looks different but has the same dimensions as Joanna. The publisher will be re-doing the layout in Joanna anyway. I just want to do some tables and see if we need to adjust any of the text in the tables.

Thanks for the help!

Florian Hardwig's picture

I kinda assumed there would be a free font out there that maybe looks different but has the same dimensions as Joanna.

No. Maybe there is one with similar dimensions, but how would you know without having access to Joanna? And how similar would be similar enough?

Is it the same as Adobe's version?

Kind of, but: no. Ascender states that the digitized data’s coypright is © 1998 The Monotype Corporation, Inc. Adobe says about its Joanna MT that the design owner is Monotype Imaging. A quick look into the characterset reveals that Adobe’s version has several additional glyphs, like fi and fl ligatures, which are not present in Ascender’s bargain version.

dan_reynolds's picture

Florian, the part of the reason that Ascender's version is priced at $4.99 is that they are licensing you a single license for the font. Most other font stores, like the Adobe website or Fonts.com, typically sell you a 5-seat license for the standard price you see on their websites. If you change the number of users on the Ascender website from 1 to 5, the price is multiplied by 5.

Still, if you really only want to ever install a font on one computer at a time, it is a bargain!

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