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Adobe Font Folio was a typeface library distributed by Adobe Systems.

Product history[edit | edit source]

  • In 1990, Font Folio shipped with 650 fonts on a CD-ROM (bundled with an external NEC CD-ROM drive) for $15,900 or a 80MB external hard disk for $16,900 that could be attached to a PostScript printer with a SCSI port.[5][6]
  • In 1992, Font Folio shipped with 250 Adobe Type Library packages on a 105MB external hard disk for $14,000 that could be attached to a computer or PostScript printer with a SCSI port.[7]
  • By 1994, the Font Folio CD-ROM contained about 1,800 Type 1 fonts.[8]
  • Version 6.0 of the CD-ROM was released in March 1994 with 360 Adobe Type Library packages, containing over 1,800 to 1,900 Type 1 fonts.[9][10]
  • Version 7.0 of the CD-ROM was released on March 13, 1995 with over 2,000 Type 1 fonts.
  • Version 7.1 of the CD-ROM was released in 1996 with over 2,100 Type 1 fonts.
  • Version 8.0 of the CD-ROM was released in September 1997 with over 2,300 Type 1 fonts.
  • Version 9.0 of the CD-ROM was released in January 2001 with a peak of over 2,750 fonts, mostly Type 1 and introducing some OpenType versions for $8,999.[11]

Transition to OpenType[edit | edit source]

On April 29, 2002, Adobe announced that it had converted its entire typeface library to OpenType.[12]

  • Version 10, known as the "OpenType Edition", was released on August 11, 2003 with over 2,200 fonts, now exclusively in OpenType format.
  • Version 11 was released on September 5, 2007 with over 2,300 OpenType fonts for $2,599.
  • Version 11.1, was released in November 2011 with over 2,400 OpenType fonts for $2,999.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Adobe Type Folio for Mac Announced at Seybold Conference, InfoWorld, p.6. 1988-09-19.
  2. Type Library on Hard Disk by Coyne & Blanchard, Communication Arts '88 Design Annual vol.30, p.232. 1988.
  3. Adobe Systems Inc., Editor & Publisher vol.122, p.28. 1989.
  4. Volume 5, Microtimes, p.53. 1988.
  5. Adobe Fonts Ship, InfoWorld. 1990-12-03.
  6. Monotone Electronics Prepress Systems (MEPS), Dunn Report: Electronic Publishing & Prepress Systems vol.8, p.226. 1990.
  7. Macintosh products, ComputerWorld p.38. 1992-03-30.
  8. Matching Fonts Across Platforms, PC World vol.12. 1994.
  9. Adobe Font Folio by Adobe Systems, Adobe Catalog Spring 1994, p.25. 1994.
  10. Acrobat Reader per DOS e Adobe Font Folio 6.0 (Italian), MCmicrocomputer n.138, p.76. 1994-03.
  11. Adobe's Font Folio gets 500 new fonts by Brad Gibson, Macworld. 2001-02-05.
  12. Adobe Converts Entire Type Library Into OpenType, Adobe Systems. 2002-04-29. Archived 2002-05-01.

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Adobe Type On Call, a more affordable type library in which most of the fonts were encrypted and the buyer unlocked them through a pay-as-you-go method.

External links[edit | edit source]

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Adobe Font Folio
1988 · 1990 · 1992 · 6.0 · 7.0 (7.1) · 8.0 · 9.0 · 10 (OpenType Edition) · 11 (11.1)
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