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Font Installation

If you downloaded your fonts from our server, you should find your order on your computer desktop (or in the folder you have specified for downloaded files in your web browser’s preferences). The file name will include your order number and a random 10-digit number, followed by a “.zip” extension. If you accidentally delete or corrupt the downloaded file, your e-mail receipt from us will include a URL address where you can re-download your fonts within 24 hours after the time of your order.

If you chose to have your fonts delivered via e-mail, please check your account for a delivery from one of our staff. It may take a few hours for this e-mail to arrive. Once you have located the e-mail from Font Bureau, you will need to retrieve the attachment. In most cases this will be a .zip file.

If you ordered Mac Postscript fonts only, they will be delivered in a StuffIt archive .sit file. (“Zip” compressing Mac Postscript fonts corrupts them.)

Once you have located the file containing the fonts and license documents, you will need to decompress it. There are several programs that can unzip .zip archives including: MacZip, ZipIt, PKZip, Stuffit Expander 6.0+. Any file expansion program that supports the .zip format will work.

If you are expanding a .sit file (for Mac Postscript fonts) please use Stuffit Expander, rather than the built-in Mac Archive Utility, if possible. A version of Stuffit Expander is available for free download.

After you have successfully decompressed your order, you will see folders for the fonts or font families you ordered. Inside these folders will be all of the files you need to install the fonts on your machine.

If you need further help, please follow the installation instructions for your operating system below.


Installing on Macintosh

Macintosh Postscript: Font Bureau provides three files that make up the font data: The Font Suitcase file (which contains the bitmap and kerning information), the PostScript file (which contains the letterform and spacing data), and the AFM file (which reiterates kerning information to certain high-end applications). Unless your software specifies AFM installation, you will need only the suitcase and Postscript files.

These files should be copied into a folder on your hard drive prior to installation.

OS X
Copy the fonts to the Fonts folder inside the User/Library folder. If you are using font management software, follow the installation instructions that came with the software.

If you want your fonts to be available to applications running in Classic mode, drag your fonts into the Fonts folder in the OS 9.x System folder. Fonts installed in the OS 9.x System folder will also be available to Classic programs running in OSX, but not OSX native applications.

If you are using font management software, follow the installation instructions that came with the software.

OS 9
Simply drag the Suitcase and PostScript files into the Fonts folder in the System folder. This will make the fonts available to all applications where you are able to choose a font.

If you are using font management software, follow the installation instructions that came with the software.


Installing on Windows

Windows Postscript: Font Bureau provides four files that comprise the font data: the PFB (PostScript Outlines) file, the PFM (PostScript Metrics) file, the AFM file (which reiterates kerning information to certain high-end applications), and the INF file (which contains other font information). Unless your software specifies INF or AFM installation, you will only need the PFB and PFM files. These files should be copied into a folder on your hard drive prior to installation.

Windows Me/98/95 or Windows NT
To install Windows Type One fonts you must have ATM (Adobe Type Manager) installed on your PC. ATM Light is available for free download from Adobe.com.

From the Start menu, go to Programs > Adobe > Adobe Type Manager. When the ATM window appears, choose “Select Fonts” from the available tabs. Using the browse function on the right hand side, find the fonts you want to install and click “Add”. Once the font name appears in the Destination (left hand) window, the fonts should now be available to all your Windows applications.

Windows XP, 2000, or Vista
In the Control Panel > Fonts folder, choose File> Install New Font. Locate the fonts you want to install and click OK to install the fonts. When you see the font name in the Fonts folder, the font has been loaded and is ready for use.

Fonts can also be installed by dragging the PFM file into the Fonts Folder.

TrueType: To install the fonts, you need to put them in the Control Panels > Fonts folder. You may either drag-and-drop the file or select the file and copy-and-paste it. Windows will bring up a quick screen that shows the font is being installed and it will alert you if there are any problems. If you see the font name in the Fonts folder, the fonts have been loaded and are ready for use.

In Vista, you can simply right-click on a font file and choose “Install” from the menu.

For more information please email info@fontbureau.com.

Page last updated: April 2010