OpenType has been around for five years now and is widely used for rendering complex scripts like Arabic, but also offers rich typographic controls to Latin script designers. Because of the scarcity of program support, it has only begun to make an impact on designers’ daily lives much more recently prompting the question: is this another short-lived and potentially expensive diversion like Multiple Masters, or is it a significant improvement which might also influence the Quark XPress vs Adobe InDesign battle?
In order to understand the significance of OpenType we need to be reminded of the formats currently in use.

For further technical details about the handling of OpenType fonts, please follow this link.

How to download OpenType fonts:
If you enter the font name of the desired typeface into the "QuickSearch" button you will receive a list of all fonts in all available formats.
You want to select only the OpenType fonts? Then click on the tab on the top navigation bar "FontStore". On the left side you will find the pull-down menu "Format". Choose "OpenType" and enter the name of the desired font in the „Search Text“ field. Then you will receive a list of all weights of this typeface in the OpenType version.

Phil Baines is a freelance graphic designer and teacher living in London. His book Type & typography, written with Andrew Haslam, was published by Laurence King in 2002 (and is available in German as "Lust auf Schrift" from Verlag Hermann Schmidt).

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List of the fonts available in OpenType format from Linotype is available a pdf file. Please download:
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Adobe OpenType user guide is available as pdf file. Please download:
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