updated 10:05 am EDT, Mon April 29, 2002
Adobe today announced that more than 650 converted Adobe Type Library (ATL) fonts are now available in OpenType format, promising to release two additional sets separately in the third and fourth calendar quarters of this year.
OpenType is a cross-platform font format that can include an expanded character set for expanded linguistic support and advanced typographic capabilities. The first set of OpenType fonts includes the standard range of Latin characters used throughout the western world, and several international characters, including the euro currency (EUR), "estimated," and litre symbols. Future converted fonts will include merged character sets, so additional glyphs, such as oldstyle figures, small capitals, and swashes, will be contained in one font file.
Adobe OpenType fonts can be installed and used alongside PostScript Type 1 and TrueType fonts, printed to most output devices, and embedded in PDF files. Native support is available in OS X and these are compatible with Mac OS 9 using ATM Light. Discount pricing is available on OpenType fonts through the end of July.