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For one of my printing application I need Need Modena (It is not Modern) postscript Type 1 & Type 3 Font. Can someone help

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Hi Riteinfotech,

Modena is a custom font created by Miles Newlyn (x&y foundry) for a corporate client, 3G in the UK. Generally, corporate fonts are not made available to the public.

Newlyn's website (http://www.x-and-y.co.uk/) seems to be in the process of being relaunched, so bad luck there trying to see if the font is up for purchase.

You may try to contact 3G and explain your situation; maybe they could send you the font file free of charge. 3G's website as:

http://www.three.co.uk/hygiene/customerContactus.omp

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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Thank You lobo. I got the ttf, pfm, pfb files from my client.

Now i have another issue.

So far i was defining the font procedures in the postscript files assuming the font to be resident on the printer like
/FontMod {/size X /Modena-CondensedRegular findfont  size  scalefont setfont } bind
/FontModBold {/size X /Modena-CondensedBold findfont  size  scalefont setfont } bind

As this font is not resident on the printer and there is no easy mechanism to download the font on hp 2300dn (which i know of), it gets substituted by some regular font available on printer.

Now i want to check how should i convert the pfm . pfb files to some postscript code which can be sent as part of the postscript job.

I do not have direct access to the printer. i can only prepare a job and ask my client to test it.

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Hi Riteinfotech,

What I would do is send the printer a PDF file with all fonts embedded, instead of sending a PS. Most printers have no problem with PDF files these days. To test it, your client will only need to have the Acrobat reader, which pretty much everybody has these days.

If your client insists in a PS file, then you could get a hold of the printer driver and install it a a File printer. That way you can Print to File from your application, select the HP printer and make sure to select to send all fonts when hitting Print.

Personally, I'd prefer the PDF method for several reasons. You can test it in your own computer before giving it to your client; there's no need to install anything; and if your client wants to send it to a large run printer he won't need to bug you with converting the file again to a different printer driver.

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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Thank you for prompt response.

I agree about the portability (printer independence) of PDF files. There are 3 issues

1. The application to create PS file is already developed.
2. To create PDF , I think we will need some tools (ocx / dll) . In one of my earlier projet I used pdflib,
Now i am evaluating abcPDF.
The problem with these components is that distribution is not royaltee free.
That means every time I get some small application development , I need to spend a major portion on these tools.

Do you know of some good royaltee free tools (com / dll objects)

3. In future, if the application needs any tray switching (multiple media) then ps approach is better.

When you suggested to take the PDF route, what tools / technique you had in mind.
In case, I compromise point #3, Is there something very simple and economical which I am missing all  together?

Thanks

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Hi riteinfotech,

Sorry for the delay.  There are a few free PDF creation utilities out there that you may want to checkout. among them:

CutePDF Writer:
http://www.cutepdf.com/products/CutePDF/writer.asp

PDF995:
http://www.pdf995.com/download.html

SourceForge PDF Creator (this is a good one):
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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