Schoolhouse Fonts Support - SmartFonts 6.x for Windows

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This page addresses issues with OpenType font usage in different programs.

What are OpenType fonts?

OpenType is a newer font format co-developed by Microsoft and Adobe. This format allows for scripting in the font to automatically substitute special character variations as you type in programs that support this scripting. This support is mainly limited to higher-end desktop publishing programs such as InDesign and Publisher, as well as graphic design programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. Windows Vista, 7, 8 and newer now support this format in Office 2010, 2013, and newer (Word and Publisher).

OpenType fonts can have PostScript outlines (.otf extension), or TrueType outlines (.ttf extension). For this reason, they supersede both older Type 1 PostScript fonts and TrueType fonts. Older printers and PostScript printers (more than 10 years old) may have difficulty printing these fonts, but new printers should have drivers that support these fonts.

What are vLetter SmartFonts?

vLetter SmartFonts utilize OpenType technology and vLetter’s handwriting technology to create the real connected cursive and contextual variety of natural handwriting.

What features do Schoolhouse SmartFonts have?

– The “Connect” fonts automatically connect like real handwriting as you type.
– The “Connect” fonts also have end-of-word tails for a more finished look.
– Any of the fonts with “Line” at the end of the font name automatically provide a lined space between words as you type.

To create blank lines for writing practice (in ‘Line’ fonts only):
Blank Solid Lines: use the space bar or accent key ( ` ) to create lines across the page.
Blank Dashed Lines: for a dashed mid-line, use the underscore
key ( _ ) to create lines.

Font Names

The OpenType font names begin with “SchZ” for Zaner-Bloser® style and “SchD” for D’Nealian® style. See a list of all font names.

Microsoft Word 2010, 2013 and newer

Advanced OpenType features need to be enabled in each document within Microsoft Word to make the letters connect or vary as you type. Microsoft in their infinite wisdom defaulted to turning off these features for reasons unknown to common mortals.

Older files opened in “Compatibility Mode” may not support OpenType features. Convert the files to the new Word format (.docx), then enable OpenType features.

Adobe CS4 and newer:
InDesign contextual alternatesInDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator

These Adobe programs should automatically use contextual alternates as you type. If the letters do not connect, check the Character Palette options for OpenType to be sure “Contextual Alternates” is selected.

Note: Adobe programs do not currently support the end-of-word tails on letters. You can manually insert the Dagger character at the end of each word if needed (insert the Dagger character from the Glyphs palette, or type Alt-0134).