FontConverter

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FontConverter is a handy tool for designers and font enthusiasts. It lets you easily view old PostScript fonts and, if you want, convert them into the new OpenType Font format. Whether you're curious about vintage fonts or need to update them for modern use, FontConverter has you covered.

How to convert a PostScript Type 1 font on macOS

By converting your old PostScript Type 1 fonts, you will be able to use them again with most modern apps that stopped supporting PostScript fonts.

 

Where to find your fonts

First you need to locate your old fonts. If you already have them in a folder you are all set. If they are installed in your system, you find them by going to the "Finder", holding down the option key and choosing "Library" from the "Go" menu.

Once the "Library" folder opened, you will find your fonts in the "Fonts" folder. Change the window to "list view" and sort the files by "Kind" to find the "Post Script" fonts. The exact type can vary and will either be "PostScript LaserWriter Font" or "PostScript Printer Font".

 

Viewing legacy fonts in FontConverter

Chances are FontConverter will be the only app on your system that can read legacy fonts. In those cases, you can just double-click your font files and they will be opened and previewed in FontConverter. FontConverter previewing a PostScript Type 1 font

Alternatively, you can open FontConverter and press the "Add Font Files" button at the top to add files to be converted. Press "Reset" to empty the list. Hold down the shift key to select more than one font in the open dialog or select a folder to load all the contained font files.

 

How to include kerning pairs from the PostScript font

FontConverter allows you to keep the kerning information from your original PostScript Type 1 fonts.

The kerning information is usually stored in auxiliary files that come together with the PostScript file. These are either files with the ".pfm" or ".afm" file extension, or font-suitcase files if the fonts come from classic macOS. If you do have any of those files, it is very important that you select and add them together with the PostScript files when you press the "Add Font Files" button.

If the auxiliary files are not added, FontConverter has no way of knowing that this additional information exists and will not include it when converting the font. Every font for which those files have been loaded will show a "(+ metrics/kerning)" after its name in the fonts list: FontConverter previewing a PostScript Type 1 font

 

Exporting the PostScript font as OpenType font

If the preview looks as expected, you can press the "Export OpenType Fonts to Folder" button. You will then be prompted to select a folder in which the OpenType fonts will be created.

Now you are done! Make sure that the converted font looks and behaves as expected and keep using it in your designs.

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Reviews from the App Store

★★★★★ Correct says "mantxoni", Mac AppStore Spain, translated. 20 May 2024

It does what it describes and the price is moderate. Recommendable.

★★★★★ My old fonts are working again, thanks! says "akigolf", Mac AppStore Germany, translated. 04 Apr 2024

I think 29.00 euros is a bargain compared to buying new fonts for my old ones, which I paid for at a high price. Thanks to the developer!

★★★★☆ Works Well! says "Mr. Reeee", Mac AppStore United States. 24 Feb 2024

With Type 1 Postscript font support ending with Adobe applications and elsewhere, I started looking for a reasonably price font converter so I can continue to use fonts I use regularly and NOT have to buy them again. The highest rated Type 1 font converters were all arouund $100. FontConverter I found by googling around. It works well. Easy, quick and straightforward. It does have ONE annoyance. Converted fonts are assigned the names of the original bitmappped font, so each converted OpenType font file needs to be carefully renamed. It's not the end of the world, but $25 for an application I'll use only occasionally, it's fine. Fix the file name glitch and it easily gets 5 stars. For now, 4. [Note: This has been fixed in version 1.3]

★★★★★ Excellent! says "E.Borri", Mac AppStore Italy. 16 Jan 2024

Thousand of old PostScript font, a lot of money spent a long ago, and now I can use them again without purchasing them again! Super Super Super!!!

★★★★★ Simple but good says "jemandem aus Hamburg", Mac AppStore Germany, translated. 31 Oct 2023

It works quickly and easily and makes you want more. During my first tests, the kerning tables were also adopted and the new fonts behaved like the old ones. Neat!

★★★★★ Can use my old fonts again says "someuser8637", Mac AppStore Germany, translated. 26 Aug 2023

Yesterday I converted all my old fonts with FontConverter and can now use them again in my designs. It worked great. [...]