Flare supports both TrueType and OpenType fonts.
TrueType is a common font format that was developed by Apple and Microsoft in the 1980s. They are based on vector graphics, which allows them to be resized and still look good, unlike bitmapped fonts, which tend to look jagged.
OpenType is a format that is extended from the earlier TrueType format, and can also contain PostScript data. It is an open standard under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The primary benefit of the OpenType format is that it has cross-platform support, which means that the same font can be viewed both on a PC and a Mac.
To see an OpenType font in the Flare user interface, first make sure that font is installed on your computer. Refer to your operating system documentation for instructions on installing new fonts. You may need to close and re-open Flare, and perhaps restart your computer, in order to see the newly installed fonts.
OpenType fonts are supported in the XML Editor in Flare, as well as in most output formats.
Let's say you install the OpenType font called "Odin Rounded." When you use the Flare user interface to choose a font, this font is shown along with all the others.
It also displays in the XML Editor on text where the font has been applied.
And if you generate, say, HTML5 and PDF output, the font is displayed appropriately.
Following are some ways that you can work with fonts in Flare:
- Selecting Fonts You can select a font family (e.g., Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman) for text to change how the typeface looks. You can also use a font set that contains multiple font families to change the typeface. See Selecting Fonts.
- Editing Font Properties You can affect the look and behavior of text in your content in various ways. This includes changing the font family, size, style, color, and more. You can set these properties by using styles or locally by highlighting the text and pressing CTRL+SHIFT+B on your keyboard, selecting the Format > Font menu, or by clicking in the Fonts section of the Home ribbon. Using styles is recommended. Different settings are available depending on the user interface you are using to apply the font properties (e.g., the Font Properties dialog may have an Advanced tab or it may not, depending on where you open it). See Editing Font Properties.
- Embedding Fonts You can embed fonts into HTML5 output. This is particularly beneficial when using custom fonts or other fonts that may not be installed on end users' machines. This method also works with font formats that are not natively supported in Flare (e.g., .woff, .eot). See Embedding Fonts.
- Creating Font Sets You can define and apply a font set. A font set is just what it sounds like—a collection of fonts or font families. You can create a font set in order to designate the substitute fonts to use when the preferred font is not available on the user's computer. If the first (i.e., preferred) font family in the set is not found on the user's computer, the second font family in the set is used. If the second font family is not found, the third font family is used, and so on. See Creating Font Sets.
- Pinning Fonts and Font Sets You can pin your favorite fonts
and font setsso they will appear at the top of the list. This makes them easier to find later. Pinned fonts and font setsappear in a group that you can expand or collapse. This is a way to limit the list of fonts to those that you use the most and hide from view those that you do not use. See Pinning Fonts and Font Sets.
- Font Groups Font groups organize fonts and font sets. These groups are available in both the Font Properties dialog and the Font Family field. Font groups are available for pinned fonts, recently used fonts,
defined font sets,and all system fonts. You can collapse or expand any font group. This is a way to limit the list of fonts to those that you use the most and hide from view those that you do not use. See Using Font Groups.