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.
The issue has been fixed in the latest release of InDesign – InDesign 2021. The fix was also available in the previous version of InDesign – version 15.1.2
Please update to either of these versions of InDesign to get the fix.
Adobe InDesign team
I just installed the new version and I don't see the variable font slider on the text tool. Let us know what exactly got fixed or updated.
I still can't get variable fonts to work in InDesign, any fix on this yet?
Is there a bug fix coming for the variable font issue? Tools like InDesign not running the variable font feature properly renders them useless — looks like this has been requested for a while but it's a massive issue in using variable fonts.
The spacing doesn't increase with size for the variable fonts. I'm currently using 15.1.1 version and If you check spacing for Source Sans VAR from ExtraLight to Black letters will start colliding. Please take this issue into account for next update
Aleksandra Lipniewicz commented
Same issues here, mostly with Avenir font, but even Arial gets broken sometimes!
Can't work like this.
Pleaaase, fix it!
PC, 15.1.1 x64
John Nolan commented
I experiencing this bug with Monotype's Macklin and Rene Bieder's Freigeist . Would love to see it fixed.
Version 22.214.171.124 and guess what, Variable Fonts are still not supported properly in InDesign CC2020.
PLEASE FIX THIS.
Version 15.1 – no surprise, this bug is still there and Variable Font DO NOT work properly in InDesign CC2020.
PLEASE FIX THIS.
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 126.96.36.1992.
Hey Adobe, could you please finally implement real Variable Font support? I just tried the latest build (188.8.131.522) 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