Chaparral® Pro Read Me


This document contains late-breaking product information, updates, and troubleshooting tips.

Minimum system requirements and font installation instructions
Font versions
Family information
Release Notes
Known issues
Customer care
Other resources

Minimum system requirements and font installation instructions

For information on minimum system requirements and font installation, see http://www.adobe.com/go/learn_fontinstall_en.

Font versions

To check that you have the correct font file, compare the font version of your font file to the font version provided in the Release Notes section below.

Family information

History

Created by Adobe® type designer Carol Twombly, Chaparral combines the legibility of slab serif designs popularized in the 19th century with the grace of 16th-century roman book lettering. The result is a versatile, hybrid slab-serif design, a unique addition to the Adobe® Originals family of typefaces. Unlike “geometric” slab serif designs, Chaparral has varying letter proportions that give it an accessible and friendly appearance in all weights from light to bold. And because it’s a multiple master typeface with an optical axis (ranging from 7 to 72 points), Chaparral is clear and readable at smaller text settings while remaining subtle and lively at display sizes. Like the drought-resistant brush that blooms on the arid coastal range near Twombly’s California home, Chaparral’s highly functional design is surprisingly beautiful, the perfect choice for correspondence, as well as book, poster, and newsletter design.

Menu Names And Style Linking

In many Windows® applications, instead of every font appearing on the menu, fonts are grouped into style-linked sets, and only the name of the base style font for a set is shown in the menu. The italic and the bold weight fonts of the set (if any) are not shown in the font menu, but can still be accessed by selecting the base style font, and then using the italic and bold style buttons. In this family, such programs will show only the following base style font names in the menu:

Chaparral Pro
Chaparral Pro Capt
Chaparral Pro Disp
Chaparral Pro Light
Chaparral Pro Light Capt
Chaparral Pro Light Disp
Chaparral Pro Light Subh
Chaparral Pro SmBd
Chaparral Pro SmBd Capt
Chaparral Pro SmBd Disp
Chaparral Pro SmBd Subh
Chaparral Pro Subh

The other fonts in this family must be selected by choosing a menu name and then a style option following the guide below.

Menu Name plus Style Option... selects this font
Chaparral Pro [none] Chaparral Pro Regular
Chaparral Pro Italic Chaparral Pro Italic
Chaparral Pro Bold Chaparral Pro Bold
Chaparral Pro Bold, Italic Chaparral Pro Bold Italic
Chaparral Pro Capt [none] Chaparral Pro Caption
Chaparral Pro Capt Italic Chaparral Pro Italic Caption
Chaparral Pro Capt Bold Chaparral Pro Bold Caption
Chaparral Pro Capt Bold, Italic Chaparral Pro Bold Italic Caption
Chaparral Pro Disp [none] Chaparral Pro Display
Chaparral Pro Disp Italic Chaparral Pro Italic Display
Chaparral Pro Disp Bold Chaparral Pro Bold Display
Chaparral Pro Disp Bold, Italic Chaparral Pro Bold Italic Display
Chaparral Pro Light [none] Chaparral Pro Light
Chaparral Pro Light Italic Chaparral Pro Light Italic
Chaparral Pro Light Capt [none] Chaparral Pro Light Caption
Chaparral Pro Light Capt Italic Chaparral Pro Light Italic Caption
Chaparral Pro Light Disp [none] Chaparral Pro Light Display
Chaparral Pro Light Disp Italic Chaparral Pro Light Italic Display
Chaparral Pro Light Subh [none] Chaparral Pro Light Subhead
Chaparral Pro Light Subh Italic Chaparral Pro Light Italic Subhead
Chaparral Pro SmBd [none] Chaparral Pro Semibold
Chaparral Pro SmBd Italic Chaparral Pro Semibold Italic
Chaparral Pro SmBd Capt [none] Chaparral Pro Semibold Caption
Chaparral Pro SmBd Capt Italic Chaparral Pro Semibold Italic Caption
Chaparral Pro SmBd Disp [none] Chaparral Pro Semibold Display
Chaparral Pro SmBd Disp Italic Chaparral Pro Semibold Italic Display
Chaparral Pro SmBd Subh [none] Chaparral Pro Semibold Subhead
Chaparral Pro SmBd Subh Italic Chaparral Pro Semibold Italic Subhead
Chaparral Pro Subh [none] Chaparral Pro Subhead
Chaparral Pro Subh Italic Chaparral Pro Italic Subhead
Chaparral Pro Subh Bold Chaparral Pro Bold Subhead
Chaparral Pro Subh Bold, Italic Chaparral Pro Bold Italic Subhead

On the Mac OS operating system, although each font appears as a separate entry on the font menu, users may also select fonts by means of style links. Selecting a base style font and then using the style links (as described above for Windows applications) enhances cross-platform document compatibility with many applications, such as Microsoft Word and Adobe PageMaker® software, although it is unnecessary with more sophisticated Adobe applications such as recent versions of Illustrator®, Photoshop® or InDesign® software.

One should not, however, select a base font which has no style-linked variant, and then use the bold or italic styling button. Doing so will either have no effect, or result in programmatic bolding or slanting of the base font, which will usually produce inferior screen and print results.

Optical Sizes

Typefaces with optical size variants have had their designs subtly adjusted for use at specific point size ranges.

Please see Adobe Type - Optical Sizes for a current discussion of the uses of optical sizes.

This capability reintroduces one of the features of hand-cut metal type, which uses a separate font for each point size and is often optically adjusted. This is an advantage over the current common practice of scaling a single digital type design to different point sizes, which may reduce legibility at smaller sizes or sacrifice subtlety at larger sizes. The objective of optical sizing is to maintain the integrity and legibility of the underlying typeface design throughout a range of point sizes. The adjustments typically made to the design to optimize it for different sizes are: for larger point sizes, the space between characters (letter fit) tightens, the space within characters (counterforms) closes up (i.e., the letters are slightly more condensed), the serifs become finer and the stroke contrast becomes greater, the overall weight becomes lighter, and the x-height gradually diminishes; for smaller point sizes, opposite adjustments are made. Smaller optical sizes are also useful when output resolution is very limited, such as for on-screen display. One might choose to use a smaller optical size design for creating text on buttons for a Web page, for example. These adjustments can improve the legibility of intermediate point sizes further if there is a greater change in design at smaller sizes than at larger sizes. For example, the difference in design between Caption and Regular optical sizes, which usually have a difference in intended usage size of only 4-8 points, is often almost as much as the difference between the regular and display sizes, which usually have a difference of 10-60 points.

Although any of the fonts may be used at any size, the intended point sizes for the designs of this family are:

  1. Caption: from 1.0 to 8.4 points
  2. Body Text: from 8.4 to 12.9 points
  3. Subhead: from 12.9 to 25.9 points
  4. Display: from 25.9 to 99.9 points

Release Notes

For all fonts of family Chaparral Pro: version 2.084 created on Thu Jun 21 11:04:10 2012.

version 2.083 created 2012/06/21

version 2.082 created 2011/06/24

version 2.080 created 2011/04/12

version 2.078 created 2011/04/05

version 2.077 created 2010/12/17

version 2.061 created 2010/09/02

version 2.046 created 2010/08/03

version 2.045 created 2010/07/29

version 2.044 created 2009/11/23

version 2.034 created 2009/07/28

version 2.024 created 2009/03/05

version 2.023 created 2009/03/05

version 2.022 created 2009/03/04

version 2.021 created 2009/03/02

version 2.015 created 2007/08/21

version 1.009 created 2000/10/11

Known issues

Customer care

Customer Service
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Support Plan Options and Technical Resources
If you require technical assistance for your product, including information on free and paid support options and troubleshooting resources, more information is available at http://www.adobe.com/go/support/. Outside of North America, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/intlsupport/. Font specific resources include the Font Folio and Type Product Help page and the Adobe Type user-to-user forums.

Other resources

Adobe Type Showroom
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created 2013 Jan 14