Problem with Variable fonts - some glyphs are displayed with a lighter weight on changing axes.
Some variable fonts works as expected, but for some, the font displays at a lighter weight (perhaps regular?) when the weight is set for anything heavier than about 750. It appears that the heavier weight's metrics are used.
In my my limited test, the weight prints properly.
I'm on a 27-inch, iMac 2020, Mac OS 13.5.1, InD 19.
This issue is fixed in the latest InDesign Prerelease Build - InDesign 2024 (19.1.0.037).
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Dan Solbach commented
Downloaded the latest build. The issue is NOT fixed.
Alan Gilbertson commented
@ravi The regression in 19.x was marked and remains so. It shows up in almost all variable fonts from all foundries.
Filip Blazek commented
Why do you falsely state here that the problem was "fixed"? I've tried many variable fonts with multiple axes in 19.1 prerelease and not a single one works. On Axis Praxis, these fonts work without a problem. So the fault is on Adobe's side.
Or is this a way to subtly remove OTvar font support from InDesign? Like what happened to Type 1 or Pantone colors?
Gordon Steiger commented
When will this prerelease build be pushed as an update?
Best regards, Gordon.
Olli Meier commented
Hi Ravi, I tried it with InDesign Beta and it does not work either. Please see the attached screenshot. I am not able to download any other prerelease version, why I tired the 'Beta'.
As per my tests the issue HAS NOT BEEN FIXED in the Pre-release version 126.96.36.199 as I have already noted this in my previous comment.
Zach Ammerman commented
This is still happening for me and makes using Indesign 2024 impossible for work, I don't understand how such a HUGE issue can be present in a new product like this MONTHS after it was released. Fix this or your product is completely useless for anyone who wants to use entire families of fonts on a layout program. how the **** this isn't fixed yet is crazy to me.
Same Problem here! If it helps your team talk with the guys from Illustrator 24, they have implemented variable fonts right.
Indesign without fonts is not usable at all.
Olli Meier commented
As it used to work well with InDesign 17.4 it seems to be a new bug which was introduced with an update of InDesign. I have not tested all versions in between, but it does not work with 19.0.1. Not with Mac nor with Windows. For details, please see the attached screenshot.
Please don't hesitate to get in contact with me if you need any further information or help. If you need fonts, you can download trial fonts here:
Kristian H Berge commented
I recommend everyone here to stick with 18.1 (2023) until they fix it. That gives support for variable as well as being the last version to support post script fonts (I have a lot of those...).
I installed the Prerelease version (19.1, windows 10) but Monotype's Futura Now Var still doesn't work. Once you try to touch the sliders, the font style reverts to Text Condensed. The slider values stick only at the end positions of these sliders (min and max).
I don't see this problem with the few other variable fonts that I have installed.
Filip Blazek commented
How much time do you need to figure out the variable fonts support is pathetic? A year? Two years? Adobe, wake up. We use InDesign for work, for business. We need tools that work. I tried several fonts by David Jonathan Ross, they work well in Axis Praxis. And guess what: the variable font sliders do not modify the appearance of the font at all in InDesign.
19.0.1 is still having the issue.
Please give this more priority!
This is happening to me as well. Updated to version 19.0.1 over the weekend and now my Google font for a project I am using (Outfit) is doing this. Tried installing the previous version (19.0) with no success in fixing the issue. Deleted preferences, still not working properly. Will try installing the last version of the 2023 InDesign to see if this remedies it for now.
The Kirobin commented
Happened to me today, uninstalling current version and using 2023 instead fixed it for me, untill the current is more stable at least :/
Eva Verhoeven commented
Same issue overhere. Until this is fixed, we are working with the previous version. The font works fine there.
Georgie Paul commented
Still having issues with variable fonts. This is a bug that is breaking the software, can't use it for layouts at all. Indesign v 19.0.1. Please fix this asap! It's clearly been months since this has been reported!
Futura Now Variable is totally messed up. Other variable fonts with only a weight parameter become thin at the end of the scale where they should be extra bold.
Julian Northrop commented
Here is another example, using the variable google font Outfit
Brian Plauger commented
If it helps your team, inDesign 2023 loads all the variable fonts correctly.