Adobe Fonts Auto Activation/Deactivation
As a printing company, I have a wide variety of customers using a wide variety of fonts including ones that are part of an Adobe CC subscription. When I open an InDesign file that uses Adobe (online) fonts, give us a preference setting to auto-activate those online Adobe fonts AND to deactivate those fonts when the InDesign file is closed. I can't have a bunch of fonts activated all the time as they COULD interfere with an older version of the font causing type reflow!
The new font-solution ended up even worse on my Mac MBP.
For me, when I open any new or old documents in a packaged folder with fonts in it – Indesign just hangs, possibly indefinitely searching for Library fonts? It does not even matter if all the included fonts are already installed locally, if there is a Font-folder present. It also does not matter that I have deactivated Adobe fonts in the Adobe Cloud settings – I get the spinning wheel for 10-40 seconds after each mouse-click or even if I just move the cursor. Have to remove the Fonts folder and manually replace all fonts.
Adobe Font is disabled, however, some times fonts try to be enabled in the background in InDesign. The most annoying thing is that I can’t stop activating the font / fonts, so I have to quit InDesign and reopen the program. Now Adobe Font has stopped trying to activate the font. When fonts try to activate in the background, I can’t make PDF files because it is last in the queue in the background management and waiting for fonts to be activated. Very disturbing
This arrangement is pitiful in a print shop/service bureau setting. Please make it stop...
Dorky Dino commented
I work for a printing company, as well, and I'm having a similar issue. InDesign is prioritizing the Adobe Font (which is deactivated) rather than the packaged font, and at times it will interfere with the fonts and give me a message that the fonts are missing. I can save and close, and sometimes when I reopen the fonts will magically be there, and other times it will say missing again. It seems to be fairly random, but the only thing I can trace it back to is the Adobe Font. When it's missing, the Adobe Font menu always pops up asking if I want to activate it (though activating it doesn't work, and it still shows as missing after activation). I have "Auto-activate Adobe Fonts" turned off, but it doesn't stop it from trying to look for them if it deems they are "missing."
100% agree with Mark K. I first noticed this on the Adobe updater page for the most recent update of InDesign (15.1.1). For all i know, it may have been going on before, but this is the first time i noticed it. The language used in the description of the update seemed to imply that "automatic activation of missing Adobe Fonts" was something we were going to have to put up with whether we liked it or not. I queried this with the Adobe on-line chat facility and didn't get very far. However, i took the plunge and installed the update, and in Prefs now there is an option under 'File Handling' to uncheck the 'Auto-activate Adobe Fonts' option. Phew. I would suggest Adobe need to be more sensitive with their descriptions on the Creative Cloud Updater page. Hope this helps, Richard
Matt K commented
I can't believe Adobe is forcing this feature. I can have the same font from another vendor and if it's an Adobe font too, it's going to force activating their font on my computer. Therefore, if I stop using Adobe then their fonts go with it leaving me with messed up version of my files because I now have to go and add the fonts back manually (which my system will see as a different font b/c of a naming structure). Another reason why I steer clear of using Adobe fonts. It's just a way to lock you it to their platform. I'm so sick of these companies FORCING you to comply or else. What happened to FREEDOM OF CHOICE!!
Agreed, bypassing the document fonts folder would be immensely detrimental for those of us who work on packaged files, client files, and older jobs. The solution is simple: an InDesign preference setting where we can set the default behavior to enable/disable Adobe Font activation
This is a huge issue in automated Indesign file processing workflows and using scripts. Adobe fonts can't be activated, so the files can't be processed correctly. This needs to be fixed asap! https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/autoactivate-adobe-fonts/m-p/10926050?page=1#M175583
Adobe Fonts is causing issues with workflows that don't rely on Adobe Font versions as well -- it's giving preference to Adobe Font versions and ignoring what is in the Document fonts folder. This is a huge problem. There need to be some way to avoid this as well.
I used to work at a printing company. Backwards compatibility without affecting the layout is essential.