Flash fonts best practices
Posted on 2004-04-27
Situation: Multiple developers using Flash MX and Flash MX 2004 on both Mac and PC.
Requirements: Font reuse throughout development through deployment. Must minimise file size through some method of font embedding, font symbol use whatever.
Current solution: embed_font.swf is compiled by the first developer and every font reference in all swfs in project link via a font symbol to the compiled font swf.
Problems: Does not always work. Accented characters are absent from fonts embeded with MX. Some mac fonts are not available for the PC and do not show up during development. PC 2004 often unable to recompile an swf that has symbols from embed_fonts.swf in its library (font do not show up, wring font shows up)
(it is basically just a big pain in the @&$#)
Question: Please provide a best practices solution to the problem of font embedding and re-use across platforms and across development versions that minimises compiled movie size and maximises the ease of multiple person development. Ideally the font should only load once per movie, the developer should have to do nothing with the fonts to open and recompile the movie on their pc or mac which may or may not have the font.