FAQ

What is Allowed/Not Allowed


Allowed
1. The OurType Font Software is licensed for use at
- one (1) Location with a maximum of users stated on the OurType Invoice (the default number of users = 5)
- embedding into one (1) website (unlimited Pageviews)
- embedding into one (1) Mobile App (Android/iOS ...).

2. The OurType Font Software may be used in Editable Embedding PDFs and other similar documents.

3. The OurType Font Software may be used in e-Publications.

4. The Licensee is permitted to make a single back-up copy for personal usage only.

Not Allowed
1. The Licensee may NEVER rename, modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, alter or otherwise copy the OurType Font Software.

2. The OurType Font Software or documentation may NEVER be sub-licensed, sold, leased, rented, lent, or given away to another person or entity.

3. The use of the OurType Font Software in any other software applications than those mentioned under "Allowed" and any hardware is not allowed UNLESS The Licensee has the written permission of OurType (OEM Licence, for more information contact info@ourtype.com).

4. The OurType Font Software may not be used on Websites / Mobile Applications / Intranet or Extranet Servers whom are producing publishing documents for print and non-print UNLESS The Licensee has the written permission of OurType (Online Editing - Publishing Licence, for more information contact info@ourtype.com).

Selecting OurType fonts


Where can I see the character set of OurType fonts?
Our website enables you to extensively examine and test the content of our fonts. You may wish to access all the glyphs online, in the GLYPHS section of each family.

You may also download a PDF type specimen, displaying the character set of PRO and STD character sets, as well as samples of text in all weights.

Do all OurType fonts have the same character set?
No, typefaces in Our Collection have various character set variations.

All OpenType PRO fonts released prior to 2008 have a smaller character set than all subsequent releases. Please consult the GLYPH section or the PDF type specimen of each family for the supported character set.

Can I preview all OurType fonts by a particular designer?
Yes. Just type the designer's name in the SEARCH window and all the available typefaces will display.
I want to test an OurType font before I purchase it. Can you send me the font?
No, typefaces are software, and in order to install them on your computer you must purchase a license first.

To accomodate our clients' testing needs, our website allows extensive testing possibilities, including glyph and OpenType feature preview, as well as real time text setting in any available OurType fonts and weights.

Does OurType retail typefaces suitable for signage or newspaper design?
At OurType we trust our customers and their often challenging design decisions. Our experience shows that graphic designers successfully use OurType fonts in design environments or in manners that totally surpass our expectations or intentions.

Whereas features such as legibility, style and design proportions do make some typefaces more suitable for a particular job, we prefer to give our customers an unrestricted choice of use of Our typefaces.

This is the reason why we do not label particular typefaces in OurType collection as 'newspaper', 'signage' or 'packaging' per se.

There are several products in Our collection that will perform extremely well in newspaper design; others will do a great job in dictionaries, others - in magazine design, packaging or posters.

Please refer to the FONT INFO section of each family for more information.

If in doubt, you may always contact us for advice. We'll be happy to help.

What does OTF (OpenType) mean?
OpenType is the current standard format for digital fonts. It was initially developed by Microsoft, which were later joined by Adobe, and emerged at the beginning of the new millennium. OpenType is tailor-made for the new operating systems, and offers a number of advantages over older font formats like PostScript Type 1 and TrueType.

Each OpenType font consists of a single file, which simplifyies installation and management of the fonts. These single font files are cross-platform compatible: they can be installed on both Mac and PC operating systems. This eliminates the risk of font substitution, text reflow, and other compatibility issues when migrating a document from a Mac to a PC or vice-versa.
Unlike PostScript Type 1 and TrueType fonts whose character sets are limited to just over 250 glyphs, OpenType fonts can potentially accommodate literally thousands of glyphs. If provided by the type designer, they feature expanded character sets including small caps and several numeral sets, accents and characters for extended language support, and special features like automatic ligatures and alternate glyphs.

Certain (older) operating systems and applications do not support OpenType.

What is the difference between OTF STD (OpenType Standard) and OTF PRO (Pro) fonts?
Both OpenType Standard and OpenType Pro fonts have expanded character sets and include – if provided by the type designer – small caps, several sets of numerals, automatic ligatures, and alternate glyphs.

OpenType Standard fonts only support the 'standard' languages. These cover the Western and Southern European, and Scandinavian languages.

OpenType Pro fonts are the most complete. They feature additional accents and characters for Central European languages (including Baltic languages) and Turkish.

What are SC fonts?
SC is the abbreviation for Small Caps, capital letters that are approximatively as high as the x-height of the lowercase letters.

Small caps are used for emphasis, to start paragraphs in classic text setting, and to prevent that capitalised words, abbrevia-tions, or accronyms stand out too much in body text.

SC fonts are PostScript Type 1 or TrueType fonts that have the exact same glyph set
as the standard fonts, with lowercase substituted by the small caps, and oldstyle figures substituted by the small cap figures. This allows for selecting complete words and sentences in order to convert them to small caps.

In contrast to the legacy formats, such as PostScript Type 1, OpenType fonts include Small Capitals in their default character set.

What are LF fonts?
LF is the abbreviation for lining figures, figures at a common size and position that are approximatively as high as the capital letters.

LF figures are ideally suited for business use in forms, tables, and any other application where alignment is crucial.

Most OurType text faces come standard with oldstyle figures. LF fonts are PostScript Type 1 or TrueType fonts that have the exact same glyph set as the standard fonts, with oldstyle figures substituting the lining figures.
This eliminates the need to select the numbers in the standard fonts and having to convert them to lining figures one by one.

In contrast to the legacy formats, such as PostScript Type 1, OpenType fonts include Lining Figures in their default character set.

Are SC and LF included in OpenType fonts?
If the type designer has provided small caps (SC) and lining figures (LF), those are integrated in both Standard and Pro OpenType fonts.

When working with OpenType fonts there is no need for separate SC or LF fonts. Unlike older [legacy] font formats, such as PostScript Type 1, where SC and LF repre-sented different fonts, in OpenType the small caps and lining figures can be accessed as OpenType features via the OpenType menu
in the application you are using.

When small caps and lining figures are built-in as OpenType features, certain (older) operating systems and applications will not
be able to access them. Then only the standard figures will be available.

Please note that OurType Sansa fonts do not include small capitals, old style and small cap figures. Currently, all Sansa fonts have the Lining Figures as the default set.

Purchasing OurType fonts


Which font-formats does OurType deliver?
All OurType fonts are delivered in OpenType, TrueType, WOFF and EOT formats.
What is the difference between single fonts and font packages?
Single fonts are individual style variants of a typeface, for example Arnhem Fine Normal, or Sansa Black Italic OTF Pro. Purchasing single fonts allows you to mix and match the type styles that you really need.

Font packages, however, offer a number of single fonts – either the complete family or a part of it – as a bundle at a discounted price. Purchasing the fonts as single fonts is always more expensive than purchasing them as a package.

For example, a single Alto OpenType font costs €80, while the complete Alto OpenType family costs €999. Purchasing the eighteen styles that make up the family as single fonts costs €1440, so the font package represents a 30% discount, or the equivalent of more than five free styles.

What is the difference between a Basic and a Family font package?
A Basic font package has the four basic styles of a type family – Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic – commonly used in office and other basic applications.

A Family font package holds the complete type family including all the styles. The total number of type styles varies from one family to another.

Downloading and installing OurType fonts


How do I install OurType fonts in Mac OS X?
We recommend installing only one single format β€” OpenType, PostScript Type 1, or TrueType β€” of any font. Installing two or more formats of the same fonts may cause problems when trying to use, view, or print the fonts.

Locate the files after downloading your fonts. The font archive is stored in the location specified in the preferences of your internet browser software; typically in a folder named 'Downloads' or on the desktop. The name of the file is the font name or package name with the file extension .zip added.

After locating your downloaded file, decompress the font archive by double-clicking the icon. Some browsers will automatically expand the .zip file and create a folder with the fonts, which you will find in that same location.

Double-click the font files. They will open in preview windows. Click the 'Install Font' button to install in Font Book.

If you wish to group the fonts in 'Collections', find and open Font Book – the font management application that's bundled with Mac OS X 10.3 and up – in your 'Applications' folder.

In Font Book select the collection in which you want to install your font, or create a new one by choosing New Collection from the File menu. Available options are listed in the left column of the Font Book application.
Add the fonts by clicking the (+) button at the bottom of the font column.
In the window that pops up, select the unzipped folder containing the fonts you are installing and click "Open".

Confirm the installation. Your font should now appear in the Font Book (activated by default).

Your fonts should now be available for use in all applications.

Where are the OurType fonts that I downloaded?
The fonts downloaded from the OurType website are stored on your computer, on the location specified in the preferences of your internet browser software; typically in a folder named "Downloads" or on the desktop. The name of the file is the font name or package name with the file extension .zip added. Some browsers will automatically expand the .zip file and create the folder with the fonts, which you will find in that same location. If not simply double-click the .zip file to start the unpacking process.
How do I install OurType fonts in MS Windows XP/2000?
We recommend installing only one single format β€” OpenType, TrueType, or PostScript Type 1 β€” of any font. Installing two or more formats of the same fonts may cause problems when trying to use, view, or print the fonts.

Locate the files after downloading your fonts. The font archives are stored in the location specified in the preferences of your internet browser software; the "Desktop" is a likely place to check. The name of the file is the font name or package name with the file extension .zip added.

After locating your downloaded file, decompress the font archive by double-clicking the icon. Some browsers will automatically expand the .zip file and create a folder with the fonts, which you will find in that same location.

Prepare the font files by dragging your font files from the .zip file into another non-zipped location like your 'Desktop' or 'My Documents' folder.

From the Start menu, choose 'Control Panel'.
Double click the 'Fonts' folder to open it. If you do not see a 'Fonts' folder, click 'Switch to Classic view' in the upper left of the Control Panel window.

If you are installing True Type or OpenType fonts, click on the individual font files (.ttf, .otf) that you extracted to your desktop, and drag and drop them into the 'Fonts' folder. You can then skip the rest of this tutorial.

From the 'Fonts' window click the 'File' menu and select 'Install New Font'.
Double-click the 'C:' drive to choose the location and locate the files.
Double-click 'Documents and Settings'.
Double-click '[your name]'.
Double-click 'Desktop'.
Locate the files by double-clicking on your extracted folder.
Click the 'Select All' button. Make sure 'Copy fonts to Fonts Folder' is checked, then click (OK) to install the font files.

Your fonts should now be available for use in all applications.

How do I install OurType fonts in MS Windows Vista?
Locate the files after downloading your fonts. The font archives are stored in the location specified in the preferences of your internet browser software; the 'Desktop' is a likely place to check. The name of the file is the font name or package name with the file extension .zip added.

After locating your downloaded file, decompress the font archive by double-clicking the icon. Some browsers will automatically expand the .zip file and create a folder with the fonts, which you will find in that same location.

Prepare the font files by dragging your font files from the .zip file into another non-zipped location like your 'Desktop' or 'My Documents' folder.

Open the unzipped folder. Select all installable font files (check the file extension – these can include: .otf, .ttf, and .pfm), omitting PDFs or text files included in the archive. To select multiple fonts, hold down the ctrl key while you select the fonts.

Right-click the selected font files and left-click 'Install' in the contextual menu that appears to install the fonts.

Your fonts should now be available for use in all applications.

Can I install OurType fonts with a font manager?
Yes, OurType fonts can be installed with font managers like FontCase, FontExplorer, Suitcase Fusion, and others available on the market. Please refer to the user manual of the font manager of your choice.

Using OurType fonts


Where are the small caps, extra ligatures, and different sets of numerals in the OpenType fonts?
The advanced typographic features of OpenType fonts are accessible via the OpenType menu in your application. Depending on the software you are using this is a menu or submenu in the Type, Character, or Font area. The advantage is that you don't need to switch to separate Expert, Small Caps, OsF, or other fonts to use those typographic features.

Advanced typographic features of OpenType cannot be accessed by certain (older) operating systems and applications. This means certain features like small caps, additional ligatures and so on cannot be selected, and only the standard figures are available. If you wish to use such typographic features while working on an older operational system or application we advise purchasing PostScript Type 1 or TrueType versions of the fonts.

Why can’t I make OurType fonts bold and/or italic?
Many 'standard' system fonts are programmed to be style-linked. This means that in certain applications – typically Microsoft Office applications like Word – they can be made bold and/or italic by simply clicking the corresponding [B] and/or [I] style buttons. The maximum number of styles that can be accessed that way is limited to four: Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic. While style-linked fonts can be helpful in office environments, they make little sense for OurType fonts. As most of the OurType families exceed the four standard weights, many of the type weights and styles are inaccessible with the style buttons. We advise against using the [B] and/or [I] style buttons with OurType fonts, as the application will not display nor print the correct type styles, but digitally distorted versions of the fonts.
Are OurType fonts style-linked?
Most OurType fonts are not style-linked by default.
Can OurType style-link the fonts I purchased?
Yes, OurType team includes professional type designers and font engineers. If you wish so, we can have custom style-links programmed into the OurType fonts you purchased for use in Microsoft Office and other applications that support style buttons.

Please keep in mind that any font can only be style-linked to up to three other styles. Let us know what font(s) you wish to have linked to which type styles, and we will send you a quote.

Am I allowed to design a logo with OurType fonts?
Yes, you can do any kind of design work with OurType fonts, including logo design.

In order to avoid unlawful spread of font data, please make sure to convert the logo to outlines before you hand over the final files to your customer or his suppliers. Otherwise, your customer will need to purchase and license the fonts.

By converting the font data to outlines, you will also avoid the risk of missing fonts being substituted, and guarantee the accurate representation of the logo you designed.

Am I allowed to legally embed OurType fonts in a MS Word document or PDF file (Adobe Acrobat) or web sites?
Yes, the OurType end user license agreement (EULA) allows embedding of the fonts for previewing and printing in PDFs, as well as in Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and in web pages.
Am I allowed to send OurType fonts to a service bureau or printer?
No, you are not allowed to send fonts to other parties that have not licensed the fonts themselves.

The OurType end user license agreement (EULA) states that the font software or documentation may not be sublicensed, sold, leased, rented, lent, or given away to another person or entity.

This means you are not allowed to send source files including fonts to a service bureau or printer. Each user of OurType fonts, including a service bureau or printer, must be a legal holder of a license.

If you need to have files using OurType fonts output, deliver them as press-ready PDFs with the fonts embedded for previewing and printing.

Submitting new typeface designs to OurType


Can I send my typeface to OurType for release?
OurType accepts typefaces for review and possible addition to OurType collection.

We do not encourage submissions that are based on existing or modified versions of commercially available typefaces, concepts or largely unfinished works.

Should you wish to submit your typeface design to OurType, please e-mail us a PDF that shows best your design, the chracter set and a cover letter explaining the origin and the development of your design. Kindly enclose your reasons for releasing your design with OurType.

Submitting images to OurType Gallery


I used OurType fonts in my latest work. How can I submit the images to OurType?
OurType is delighted to showcast examples of type in use in Our Gallery. If you wish to submit photographs of your work featuring OurType fonts, please get in touch with us via Contact - Submit to Gallery form.

Please fill in all relevant and accurate information in fields provided. OurType shall not be held responsible for any erronneously attributed credits.

High resolution images are preferable.

In which formats should I submit my samples?
You can submit your samples in either PDF or JPG format. If you have your samples in both formats, you may submit them both. If you wish to pick only one format, please choose the one that enables us to optimize and edit your images for the webiste more easily.
My sample is vertical, your Gallery window is horizontal. Will my sample display well?
If you doubt your vertical sample will display at its best, please submit a larger image. We will do our best to pick several zoom-ins.
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