Thanks, Dov. I have asked the highest level English-speaking person in the division stateside, and at this time there is no more definitive answer. I have been advised that some of the specifics of the branding guidelines are still being debated, and the lack of granularity on the font specs could indicate that they're still working on that. So now I've been asked for a recommendation of which in that family would be best for this division's needs. This person wants to try to make a request before everything is etched in stone, rather than wait and see if we can work with what they finalize and publish in April.
So, which of the Helvetica / Helvetica Neue fonts would have the largest character set, the greatest embedding abilities, and optimal mappings? We would need a bold, italic, and bold italic weight/angle for whichever one we go with, but as long as it's not the narrow/condensed or heavy/black or outline versions, they're open to recommendations for the base style of Helvetica Neue font. Would any of the Roman, Medium, or Light versions of Helvetica Neue provide greater character sets or embedding options? Actually, if there's some table that provides a comparison of the features of the different fonts in the Helvetica Neue family, that would be ideal, but I'm not having any luck "googling" on it. All I find is places to type sample text for comparison or lists of the alphabet for the fonts, but nothing statistical about the fonts. I was kind of hoping someone on the list would be intimately familiar with that font family and how FM > PDF handle it. FWIW - Sometimes our PDFs are sent to professional print shops, but most of the time the PDFs are just distributed on CD for onsite printing, usually on laser printers. Thanks, Rene Dov Isaacs <isaacs at adobe.com> wrote: I would strongly concur with Guy's advice. There are dozens upon dozens of fonts available with the names Helvetica and Helvetica-Neue from different sources (including Adobe and Linotype) as well as fonts with those names bundled with the MacOS. HOWEVER, despite the same names, there differences between them, whether in the character sets, mappings, embedding privileges, font metrics, etc. Unless you standardize on a particular version of any font and enforce use of that version, you are being setup for disasters including missing text, wrong text, relayout, etc., especially when everything is supposed to come together for PDF file production, printing, or both. - Dov