Calibri is a copyrighted font that Microsoft sells for $35, but at the same time, they make it "legally" available by downloading and installing one of two free packages, which also installs the fonts. Trouble is, they're both Windows programs, such as the PowerPoint Viewer. So you'd have to have an installation of Windows to install the viewer to, then copy the Calibri fonts it installs in Windows over to your Mac.
Can anyone recommend a similar(ish) font to Calibri that is definately available to both Windows and Mac users? I'm a Windows user but frequently have to email colleagues who use Macs. Outlook defaults to Calibri but what I send isn't always what the recipients see if they are using Macs. Or do fonts not 'travel' between different email systems anyway?
Outlook defaults to Calibri but what I send isn't always what the recipients see if they are using Macs. Or do fonts not 'travel' between different email systems anyway?
It can be very difficult for recipients to see emails the way you intend if you're using HTML. Using very standard fonts like Arial or Times New Roman will work since both system have it. But even that depends on how the recipient has their email client set up. If they have it set to always display messages as text only, then it doesn't matter what you do on your end. It will always and only display in the font and text size they have their end set to.
Finding a similar font to Calibri (basically, pick any typical sans serif font like Arial) would run into the same problem. If they don't have that same font installed on their end, their email client will display the text in whatever font they have set as the default for HTML messages.
Slightly off topic, but vaguely in context ...
Just downloaded a small PDF, which opened up in Preview as all 'boxed question marks', so I thought, ok, there's a font I haven't got, how do I find out what I'm missing ? And then I thought, no silly, no need for that, just copy the text into Textedit and change the font . So I do that, and when I paste, there's all the text I was looking for, happily displaying in Calibri ; which I do have legally, since I have a valid legal install of Office for Mac (2011).
So my problem's solved itself, but I don't like it when I don't understand why things happen; so was just wondering if anyone has any idea why Preview might not be able to access a font that Textedit can, if indeed that's what's happening ?
Thanks for looking,
Preview may not have been able to accurately display the PDF. Since Adobe is really the owner (and creator) of the PDF format, there are changes to each new release that Apple has to catch up on. Meaning, as an example, someone created the PDF you have with Acrobat X. Preview, however, hasn't been updated by Apple to fully understand how to parse the latest PDF format, so you get PDF files now and then that it simply can't display correctly. I would suggest installing the free Acrobat Reader and choose it to always open PDF files.
Yes, good point. I did know this, but was more focussed on the 'font' aspect and I guess was slightly worried that I might have a font or two improperly installed. I found I liked Preview alot when it came along, and was getting a bit fed up with how often Acrobat insisted on updating itself and therefore stopped using it; but that kind of proves your point!
Actually, just happened to glance up at the 'More Like This' pane, and it looks like there's maybe been an issue for Preview with Calibri in PDFs from W7 machines all year. I wonder if there's actually a MS Preview-like app with W7 that isn't formatting output as correctly as Acrobat would in some instances ?
I wonder if there's actually a MS Preview-like app with W7 that isn't formatting output as correctly as Acrobat would in some instances ?
Good question. I have Win 7 on my Mac that I need to boot to about 3 times a year to do a specific task, but haven't ever looked to see if it has an app for generating PDF files. WordPad, which is actually a very watered down version of Word, may do that, but I haven't checked.
You can download the fonts LEGALLY for FREE from Microsoft!
Personally, I don't like running MS software. Actually, I don't like being in the same room with it. So, I followed the instructions for installing he fonts manually. Works perfectly! I tested it on a .docx file someone sent me, and it opened in Pages without a hiccup.
They are TTF fonts.
Why Microsoft named tham all similarily is stupid and confusing, in other words, normal.
This is what you get...
Calibri Bold Italic.ttf
Cambria Bold Italic.ttf
Candara Bold Italic.ttf
Consolas Bold Italic.ttf
Constantia Bold Italic.ttf
Corbel Bold Italic.ttf
Nice find, Glen. I could only ever find the two free Windows apps that installed some of those fonts.
To avoid installing any of the unwanted portions of this 2008 XML package, do this:
1) Double click the OpenXMLConverter100.dmg download to open it on the desktop, then double click the resulting drive that appears.
2) In the file window that displays, right click on Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0.mpkg and choose Show Package Contents.
3) Open the folder Contents, then Packages. Right click on OpenXML_all_fonts.pkg and choose Show Package Contents.
4) Open the folder Contents, then drag and drop the file Archive.pax.gz to your desktop to make a copy of it and double click to open the .gz file.
5) A folder named Archive will appear on your desktop and will open automatically. Within that is also a folder named Archive, which is actually the same folder as a looped display of the folder sitting on the desktop. Anyway, double click that folder and there are all of the fonts.
6) Copy all of the fonts out of the folder and save them. There's no need to save the .dmg file or any of the other items.
Yet another one of those weird things MS does. You can normally only get the fonts as included items with MS Office, or other purchased software, or by purchasing them separately. But then they turn around and make them essentially free in a package like this.
Not that they're the only ones. Adobe all but intentionally made Freehand free software, even though they still sell it. You download the "trial" software and install that. However, there's also a "fix" to download for those having trouble getting version 11 running in Snow Leopard. Well, the fix is a never expiring registration file. Once installed, Freehand runs as fully functional software.
Why Microsoft named them all similarly is stupid and confusing
Well, no, that's perfectly normal naming convention for fonts. You'll see that in the ones OS X installs, also.
Trebuchet is very similar to Calibri and available not only on Windows and Mac, but also on iPad. The other solutions mentioned here (copy TTF, install office...), do not work with the iPhone/iPad. But taking Trebuchet does. However bear in mind that you have to reduce the font size to get the same look: Calibri 18 is roughly Trebuchet 16.