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Extended Font Support

Make font issues a thing of the past with the latestion Harlequin RIP from RTI. The RTI Harlequin RIP supports an extended range of fonts and offers a variety of features to help eliminate font issues.

Added support for the latest font sets including:
PostScript Type 0, Type1, Type2 (CFF), Type 3, Type 4, Type32, Type 42 (TrueType)
TrueType, TrueType collections (.ttc) and OpenType
CID fonts, including TrueType based 'New CID'
Demand Loadable Fonts (DLD1)
Extensive CJK support

The Harlequin RIP comes with the 35 standard fonts built into the software. There are several different types of fonts that can be installed and used with the RIP. Fonts must be embedded in the job that uses them or you can install them directly into the RIP software. Most new design applications embed the font within the job thus saving design time and disk space. If you want to preinstall a commonly used group of fonts, installation is a once-only process where the RIP configures the font for its use and puts it in the appropriate location.

Type 1 Fonts. These are the most commonly used fonts. Type 1 fonts can contain hints that can subtly change the shape of the characters. Hinted fonts can improve the appearance of text rendered at low resolution or at small sizes on higher resolution devices: for example, hints can affect 11 point text at resolutions up to 2000 dpi.

Type 3 Fonts.

Type 0 (composite) Fonts. These are special fonts designed to support large character sets such as Japanese or Chinese. Type 0 fonts can use any base font format (Types 1, 3, 4, 32, 42) and CID fonts. Type 0 fonts can support multi-byte character encodings. Older Type 0 fonts had multiple sub-fonts and as such used a lot of memory however, the new CID-keying method is much more memory efficient.

CID Fonts. Character identifier (CID) composite fonts, together with associated character map (CMap) files are used to produce CID-keyed fonts, which exist only in the memory of the Harlequin RIP (or other RIPs).

TrueType Fonts and OpenType fonts. Single-byte PC format TrueType fonts or OpenType fonts with TrueType outlines. The RIP also supports installation of native TrueType, Type 42, raw CFF (Compact Format) and OpenType/CFF fonts. Multiple-font CFF or OpenType/CFF fonts will be installed as FontSet resources, but these will not appear in the Proof or Delete Fonts menus, or in the font List.

Font Emulation

Let's say you send a job over to the RIP that doesn't include any fonts. If you have 'Abort the job if any fonts are missing' selected in your RIP configuration, the RIP will automatically abort the job and give you an error letting you know that the font was missing.

Let's now say it is 8:00pm and the job has to go out that night for early morning shipment. With the Harlequin RIP you can now 'Enable Font Emulation' and resend the problem file. The RIP will construct a suitable replacement on the fly. Emulated fonts have the correct width for every glyph in the font, so that letter and word spacing will be correct, and justified text will continue to be justified, with a straight edge to the text block.

Extended and condensed fonts are emulated just as well as regular typefaces and are constructed at the correct weight, from extra thin to extra black, so the overall appearance of the page will be unchanged. The emulated fonts will also be slanted at the right angle, allowing oblique and italic fonts to be correctly displayed. In addition, italic faces will be slightly more ornate than emulations of the roman faces from the same family. The emulation will not cause any re-flow and there will not be any changes to line-ends and page breaks.

The emulation is close enough that it will usually be acceptable by all but the most demanding of print buyers, at least for body fonts. If the designer has used a specialty display face in order to convey a feeling of the wild west, modernity or anything else then it’s more likely that the buyer won’t find the result of in-RIP font emulation as appealing, but at least you can still produce a proof to show them what you can do and use that as a starting point for discussions. There are some limitations, of course: symbolic or pi fonts cannot be emulated. If the job is submitted as a PDF file, then information required to construct the emulation font will be derived from the PDF file itself. If it’s submitted as a PostScript or EPS file instead, then the relevant information must be drawn from the database of font metrics supplied with the RIP. That database is quite extensive, but there will always be fonts that are not included, and those also cannot be emulated. Finally, the font emulation is applicable only to Latin fonts, as used forWestern European languages and a number of others around the world.

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