Windows Vista: end of the line for Win ATM and multiple masters

Well, the title pretty much says it all. ATM Light and Deluxe don’t appear to work properly under Vista, and we don’t currently have any plans to update them (we stopped selling and supporting ATM Deluxe quite some time back).

However, multiple master (MM) fonts also don’t really work at the system level under Windows without ATM (Light or Deluxe). With Adobe applications that use our shared font engine, you can still put MM fonts in a shared Adobe fonts folder, whether it’s “C:Program FilesCommon FilesAdobeFonts” or the “Fonts” folder within an individual application folder. So it will still be possible to get MMs working under Vista for, say, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. But not for Microsoft Office, QuarkXPress, Adobe Freehand, or many others.

Sorry for the bad news. But I trust it was apparent that this sort of thing was coming sooner or later.

5 Responses

  1. John Dowdell says:

    Hi Thomas, thanks for the word, as unhappy as it is.Am I understanding this correctly as “Under Vista, Multiple Master fonts can be used in traditional Adobe applications with a workaround, but not with other applications”… am I seeing this issue correctly here…?tx, jd

  2. Legolas says:

    That’s great news! One less type of fonts some of us have to write code for 😉

  3. Thomas Phinney says:

    John,Yes, that’s a good summary.Cheers,T

  4. Sean Cavanaugh says:

    Like Linus and his blanket, I’ve lugged MyriadMM around with me for many, many years now. This is going to be a tough transition…

  5. Henrik Holmegaard, technical writer, mag.scient.soc. says:

    Because legible line layout with Adobe Type 1 and Adobe Type 1 products corrupts the coded characters to which they author committed her intentions, providing these products within the European Union should have been prohibited years ago. Note that the corruption occurs before a softcopy document is saved out, since Apple Offices is coded as Apple OYces. Hopefully, Mac OS OS X 10.5 will do what should have been done is Mac OS 7.5, which is to discontinue the Type 1 format in favour of the SFNT Spline Font file format.

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Thomas Phinney

Adobe type alumnus (1997–2008), now VP at FontLab, also helped create WebINK at Extensis. Lives in Portland (OR), enjoys board games, movies, and loves spicy food.

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