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thefarmer2012 Posted: Wed, Mar 7 2012 10:46

I'm running on a fairly new Dell Studio laptop computer with Windows 7 Pro as the OS.

The font was installed using the normal install font directions.

As stated above the font works fine in Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Word.

It shows as installed in Corel Draw font menu but will not print when trying to type, the curser just blinks.

I know a number of other people have had this same problem, I hope by now there is an answer.

I also have 2 desktop computers running Windows XP Pro OS where the font works perfectly in all programs.

Hope there is an answer to this problem.

 

Thank you

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Hello thefarmer; You might want to use "Font Navigator" to load your font's for Corel. ( And keep in mind that not all font types work well with all programs. )
  The Ver. 11 may be older than the font type you are trying to use, ( If it is a TTF I would think it would work OK. )

My Thoughts George

TheSignGuy

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When you say "custom font", what do you mean?

And what format is the font? Type 1? ttf? something else?

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Seeing that Corel Graphics Suite Version 11 is about ten years old, and back then, Type 1 fonts did not work in the GCS software, I suspect that you are trying to use an Adobe Type 1 font in DRAW.......

HuMJohn aka Hugh Johnson

It's a font I had made specially for my business by an experianced fontographer.

The font comes in two different versions True Type and Open Type.

Corel Draw 11 does not work with either.

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The font may be 16 bit rather than 8 bit. If I memory serves me correctly (that in itself is doubtful), Corel 11 has no idea what to do with 16 bit fonts. Adobe does.

Jack

Lately, I have too much month left at the end of the money!

If that were true then the font wouldn't work in my desktop computers running Windows XP, right??

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thefarmer2012:

If that were true then the font wouldn't work in my desktop computers running Windows XP, right??

No, it is application dependent, if it is usable ("working") or not.

HuMJohn aka Hugh Johnson

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thefarmer2012:

If that were true then the font wouldn't work in my desktop computers running Windows XP, right??

 

Not true. As Hugh states, It is application dependent. It may or may not be usable in some apps. Corel 11 is a no for 16-bit fonts. (as best I can remember).

Jack

Lately, I have too much month left at the end of the money!

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Hello thefarmer; If you got a almost new computer, and payed for a custom font, it sounds like it's time to up grade Corel also.
  I use ver. 11 some myself, and I up graded it over a year ago to X4 and couldn't believe the things that could be done SO much faster and better. And you can take it off of your income tax, if you are in the states....
  And Hugh and Jack have been around for some time using a computer and they DON'T give bad advice.

My Thoughts George

TheSignGuy

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Let me try to explain the problem again.

I had Corel Draw 11 loaded on my 2 desktop computers running Windows XP Pro.

I then had a custom font created by a reputable fontographer for my business in both TTF and OTF.

The font worked perfectly in all programs in this envirnment.

I then purchased a new dell laptop running Windows 7 Pro.

I loaded my Corel Draw 11 into this new computer.

I added the newest version of Adobe Illustrator onto this new computer.

I then loaded the font in question.

The custom font only would work in the Adobe & Microsoft Word programs but not in Corel Draw 11.

You could see the font listed in the Corel Draw font menu but when you selected it to type all the cursor would do is blink with no characters typing out.

Hope this helps to define what the problem is.

 

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thefarmer2012:

I had Corel Draw 11 loaded on my 2 desktop computers running Windows XP Pro.

I then had a custom font created by a reputable fontographer for my business in both TTF and OTF.

The font worked perfectly in all programs in this envirnment.

Ya know, I read that in the original post, but when trying to think of a possible cause to the problem my brain ran of the track and I did not realize it. May not be the font. I will have to think further. .

Are there any other fonts you have installed that have the same symptoms?

Jack

Lately, I have too much month left at the end of the money!

thefarmer2012:

Let me try to explain the problem again.

I had Corel Draw 11 loaded on my 2 desktop computers running Windows XP Pro.

I then had a custom font created by a reputable fontographer for my business in both TTF and OTF.

The font worked perfectly in all programs in this envirnment.

I then purchased a new dell laptop running Windows 7 Pro.

I loaded my Corel Draw 11 into this new computer.

I added the newest version of Adobe Illustrator onto this new computer.

I then loaded the font in question.

The custom font only would work in the Adobe & Microsoft Word programs but not in Corel Draw 11.

You could see the font listed in the Corel Draw font menu but when you selected it to type all the cursor would do is blink with no characters typing out.

Hope this helps to define what the problem is.

 

 

Corel 11 was way before Windows 7. In essence you're comparing an old version of a program vs the latest Adobe, which was designed to work with it. In a way I understand that, but it's not a fair comparison.

Win7 doesn't require all fonts to be installed in Windows/fonts. Is that where you put this font?

And, did you enable compatibility to run Corel 11, or did you just install it? Does it handle other fonts ok? or do they stall too?

An awful lot of problems that show up in older programs have more to do with Win7 and how it does things. The older programs get blamed, when the authors had no way to predict what Win7 would be. I'm not picking on you, I'm just trying to understand what you did exactly. I run older solftware myself, but I've had to change parameters to make them work.

Yes I installed the font in Windows 7 and then moved it to the BitStream Navigator and then to the Corel Draw 11 program.

No I did not enable compatibility to run Corel 11, I didn't think it was needed at that time.

Yes all the other fonts that I use work perfectly, there may be some that I don;t use that are not compatible also, I won't know till I try to use them.

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thefarmer2012:

Yes I installed the font in Windows 7 and then moved it to the BitStream Navigator and then to the Corel Draw 11 program.

No I did not enable compatibility to run Corel 11, I didn't think it was needed at that time.

Yes all the other fonts that I use work perfectly, there may be some that I don;t use that are not compatible also, I won't know till I try to use them.

Try running DRAW 11 in WinXP compatibility mode and see if that makes any difference. Else, the font from your fontographer may need a little touching up to be 100% compatible with Corel Graphics Suite 11 and Win 7 combo. (I sort of doubt that last statement, myself. Your problem may be more of getting Ver 11 DRAW & PP to run at its full capacity under Win 7.)

FWIW, I use Corel Graphics Suite, Ver 11 (and others), running under WinXP SP3, which itself runs in a Virtual Machine, running under my Win 7. This way, I know everything is compatible, especially since all versions of the CGS prior to X5, are not qualified to run under Windows 7. X4 works well in Win 7, but it is qualified to run under Vista and earlier version(s) of Windows.

HuMJohn aka Hugh Johnson

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