Have some client fonts (OpenType) I've used for a few years. They show up in Word, Photoshop, FCP7, etc. Just discovered they're missing in FCPX. Also noted that they don't appear in Notepad app. (never paid attention to that before, but thought perhaps it meant something) Activated via Suitcase Fusion 3 (permanently).
The Type world has always been a bit of a snake pit. It's constructed on the old "licensed technology" model that's supposed to protect copyrights and insure the creator a reasonable stream of income for their creative work - but in practice, it's always been a system that encourages a battle between those who wish to protect everything and those who wish to benefit from everything without paying for anything.
Personally, I wish there was a "Steve Jobs" of type. Someone somewhere who could do for type what Jobs did for music - construct a simple system that offers high-quality digital content - with legal compliance and rights management built in - fostering some standards so that there aren't so many competing technical systems that you never know which encoding will succeed or fail - all at prices that not only encourage individual responsibility, but make it easier to do the right thing regarding licensing.
When the iTunes Music Store first debuted and they used AAC instead of MP3 - there was a fair bit of teeth gnashing. A few years later, things have settled down and you can buy a rally nice AAC encoded 128 bit song without copy protection from the iTMS for just over a buck.
Sure be cool if fonts worked the same way.
But if wishes were horses...
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