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Trouble With PostScript Font

by Michael9171973 / December 31, 2012 2:54 AM PST

Does anybody have experience working with PostScript fonts? I've been using them for 10 years and have not encountered a problem like this one.

I'm trying to create a document using the "intelligent barcode" font. My program recognizes the font as a True Type, but once I implement the PostScript equivalent, I'm told it "does not appear to be a valid PFB file."

Can anyone help me? I'm expected to have this resolved for my job ASAP.

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A little.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2012 3:08 AM PST
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More Info...
by Michael9171973 / December 31, 2012 5:03 AM PST

Sorry for being so vague, but I figure you're not likely to be familiar with the software I'm using so I didn't elaborate earlier.

I use an older print document software which, in order to generate PostScript output, requires me to create a "Font Metrics" file. I do this by creating a script in Notepad which reads in .PFB files and generates an output file. When I ran it today, it read in everything except the barcode font, for which it gave me the error listed above.

I did read over the thread you linked me to. I don't recognize .PFM as a format, but can look when I'm back at work to see if I have those files for other fonts I use.

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I have apps out in the field too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2012 5:20 AM PST
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And would not expect you to be familiar with them as well. It's been over a decade since we had an app write postscript files so I am rusty but I know the basics. In the case of fonts they usually just work but today I find folk all over the map on that.

For my barcode today we use .html since it's a little more current and we can expect the hosts to be able to render and print such. We stopped using postscript fonts over a decade ago for reasons I'm sure you're aware of.
Bob

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