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Postby gadawgsfan » Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:57 pm

I have found a font I would like to use, it is OTF, will this work in vcarve pro or does it have to be TTF?
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Re: font question

Postby mtylerfl » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:30 pm

The Documentation says TTF fonts. The Text input menu gives a choice of TrueType or Single Line fonts.

However, I did a test and downloaded a free OTF font (AeroliteCPone_Medium.otf) and it seems to work fine in VCP 9

I had the TrueType radio button highlighted and chose the OTF font anyway. It didn't have any problem.

Be aware though...some OTF fonts have special characters and glyphs, etc. I do NOT know if those would work in the software or not.
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Re: font question

Postby gadawgsfan » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:36 pm

ok, thank you for the input
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Re: font question

Postby lsvien » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:53 pm

Here is a quote from http://www.reviversoft.com/file-extensions/otf

"The .otf file extension is used as an OpenType Font file wherein this font type was developed by Adobe and Microsoft. It is a combination of font formats such as TrueType and Postscripts. Aside from being a font type file, the .otf file extension is also used as a template file that’s used by OpenOffice spreadsheets for formula creation."

Another source said that TTF is an older font type and that .otf is newer and arguably better. One of the differences is that OTF uses glyphs along with CCF (Compact Font Format) tables. It states that CCF uses cubic Bezier splines vs. TTF using quadratic Bezier splines. Would that make a difference when we convert a letter to a vector? Would the newer font format give vectors that better describe the letter form?

Also since Michael was able to import and use a .otf has Vectric already built in support for .otf fonts? Maybe we are looking at a feature upgrade that could be incorporated into future versions of the software.
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Re: font question

Postby gadawgsfan » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:15 am

I am new to CNC and Vcarve, I have read that TTF is the only type font that will work within Vcarve. thus the reason for my original question. There is a site that someone told me about that you can get free fonts and several I looked at said OTF. I also think you can buy them from Etsy, however I think the particular fondness I am wanting is also OTF on Etsy as well. I have also looked through the tutorials and have not seen anything about this, hopefully someone has a confirmation that OTF will work for sure.
I really appreciate everyones input and help
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Re: font question

Postby Samson » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:41 am

I have several OTF fonts, and they work fine.
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Re: font question

Postby mtylerfl » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:03 am

Samson wrote:I have several OTF fonts, and they work fine.


Samson,

Do any of your OTF fonts have ligatures, glyphs or other special alternate or decorative text characters? And, if so, do they show up when used in your Vectric software?
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Re: font question

Postby Adrian » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:05 am

OTF fonts will display with an O in the left hand column of the font list whereas TrueType will display as TT. I have several OTF fonts that I use constantly and I've never had an issue with them. Not all of them have full character sets but the same is true for many true type fonts as well. Not all developers bother with the full range of accents etc.
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Re: font question

Postby mtylerfl » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:45 pm

True. Thanks, Adrian.
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Re: font question

Postby martin54 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:59 pm

This might help people understand better than i can explain :lol: :lol:

https://www.fonts.com/support/faq/font-formats

I probably have more PS & OT fonts installed on my computer (windows 10) that I do TTFs, working as a signmaker for lots of years where most Designers & Printers used Adobe software & Mac machines.
As Adrian has said Opentype fonts will display with an "o" to the left & true type with "tt" :lol:

I have never had any problems with ny of the fonts I have used but the worst that would happen is that some of the features like extended character sets might not be available to me. I have never used them to be honest so couldn't say :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: font question

Postby jerry carney » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:13 pm

I have many otf fonts , and all the special letters and glyphswork fine. Letter head Fonts will give you a test to perform go to their website. (all works) jerry
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Re: font question

Postby mtylerfl » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:16 pm

Perfect, Jerry. Good to know the special characters and glyphs work!
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Re: font question

Postby jerry carney » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:41 pm

Sorry forgot to add, on mine you have to use the numerical pad on the right of your key board to use alternate characters.
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Re: font question

Postby mtylerfl » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:47 pm

Right. Same here when I need real quotation marks and apostrophes, etc.
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Re: font question

Postby gadawgsfan » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:57 pm

Thank you all for the responses, I am going to try and see what happens
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