Variable Font not working in InDesign 2020
We came along a severe bug within InDesign 2020 and Variable Font.
These Blog Posts are describing it quite well:
Illustrator and Photoshop do not have this bug.
We found that the issue is still not fixed with the pre-release build, hence we will review it again
Unfortunately this is still not working (inc. Version 15.0.3).
This getting a bit annoying since various users are reporting this since months.
This bug is not a minor issue since it relay diminishing the functionality of variable fonts.
It is a new technology but with this poor implementation designer will not start to use it.
We found that the only way to use a Variable Font in InDesign is:
- when no instances are defined in the font (meaning no pre-set font-weights)
- and there can only be slant, italic and weight axis as a axis name (optical size for example can not be used)
I would be grateful if you can fix this, so Variable Fonts work as great as in Illustrator or Photoshop.
Philip Lammert commented
Hi, I can confirm that the bug still exists in 184.108.40.2062.
Hey Adobe, could you please finally implement real Variable Font support? I just tried the latest build (220.127.116.112) and it is still not working.
James Puckett commented
Please fix this.
Hello, is this a very late April Fool's joke?
The issue was NOT fixed at all.
When I try to use the slider, all I get is a the lightest instance. There is no way to select preferred wight (in case of my test font).
I can select predefined instances, that's all.
Please check the functionality before you announce bug correction next time.
Thomas Phinney commented
It seems to have gotten worse, or something in latest builds of our font makes it worse.
IT NOW COMPLETELY LOCKS INDESIGN MAC (latest ID update of a couple weeks ago).
UPDATE: not completely locked. But after I tried to move the weight slider, it took about 6-8 minutes for ID to update the screen the first time, after the spinning beach ball (on a new MacBook with 32 GB of RAM). Every time I try to do anything, including click in the text, anything at all, it is more spinning.
My entire document is one page, with one text box, with three words in it.
This is another example of a Variable Font not working in Adobe InDesign CC 2020. If the font contains predefined instances (Regular, Medium, Bold etc.), you cannot use the slider in InDesign. The only solution is to keep one instance in the font (Regular), but this is not a solution users expect. Please correct VF support in InDesign.
Thomas Phinney commented
I previously reported this, with many further details, in the ID pre-release forum. But I didn’t even get a response. :(
In our case, it is an open source font for Google, that is almost finished. It has four axes: weight, width, y opaque (contrast) and ***** (italic).
Bug details are also here: https://github.com/tphinney/science-gothic/issues/195
Font can be downloaded from here: https://github.com/tphinney/science-gothic/tree/master/fonts/variable/UFO%20FontMake