Warning about OpenType SVG fonts
in Adobe InDesign CC2019

A few weeks ago I advised caution with new SVG fonts in Adobe InDesign CC2019. (These are also called color fonts). Meanwhile my fears have been confirmed.

Christian Blaise, a French colleague from the Ghent Workgroup (GWG), has done extensive testing and published two english articles on his blog:

We recently discussed this issue in detail in the Process Control Working Group of the Ghent Workgroup, which I am chairing. The results were as follows:


  • OpenType SVG fonts are not part of the PDF specification and must therefore be converted for PDF export.
  • Adobe InDesign CC2019 is currently making a faulty conversion to Type 3 fonts.
  • The RGB colors of the Type 3 fonts do not contain a color profile and are therefore not compatible with PDF/X-4.
  • Adobe has announced that these bugs will be fixed soon.
  • Callas and Enfocus have informed that they are working on special features for these fonts in Callas pdfToolbox and Enfocus PitStop. *)

Therefore the Ghent Workgroup recommends not to use OpenType SVG fonts for print files from Adobe InDesign CC2019 until these bugs are fixed.

*) UPDATE: First features for OpenType SVG fonts in Callas pdfToolbox and Enfocus PitStop have been released.

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