Hi, there. This might be a simple question, but it's really frustrating me. I'm working on an OTF, and I'm noticing that when I make changes to my font, only Windows Font Viewer notices the difference. I've tried reinstalling the font files using right-click > Install in Windows Explorer and by copying the file to the Windows Font folder, but neither of them actually update the fonts, even after restarting the computer, and any new glyphs I've added to the typeface do not display in any Windows programs (even Notepad).
A possibly related issue: I've also noticed that my font information (description, copyright) no longer displays, despite being defined in Type Light, although that could be from when I switched it from a TTF to an OTF.
I'm wondering if this is a Windows issue or a corrupted font file.
Post by Allan Murray on Jun 28, 2013 6:05:33 GMT -5
Such a problem can occur if the original font has not been uninstalled properly. Try deleting the original font from the font directory to uninstall it (instead of relying on Windows to replace it), before installing the new font. Alternatively you can change the new fonts internal name so that it is different from the original (select rename font from the font menu).
Unfortunately, that didn't work. Actually, it made the problem worse. There were a bunch of OTFs in my Fonts folder with the name of my font except with _0, _1, etc. at the end. I deleted them all, and when I went to install the font, it said it was already installed and asked if I wanted to replace it. So, I did, and now everything that's supposed to be in my font displays in Fixedsys.
Post by Allan Murray on Jun 29, 2013 16:22:17 GMT -5
"it said it was already installed and asked if I wanted to replace it?"- this means that you did not actually delete (ininstall) the right one (it will only be one).
If you are not sure which font you are replacing, then I suggest that you go with the renaming font option suggested. Best not to indiscriminantly delete fonts (and certainly not without keeping backup copies).
I suggest that you also read "Common Issues" in the "Getting Started" section of the manual.
Note that the reason that I recommend deleting (uninstalling) the original font is because, in my experience, the "replace" option given by the operating system does not appear to be reliable.
It's true, I've never seen another font duplicate in the Fonts folder when I replace it. I've removed the duplicates, but now I'm worried I may have ruined it, because it still claims it's installed even when all the font files with my font name are deleted. It might be an issue with Windows, I'm not sure. Thanks for looking into this.