Cronos® Pro Read Me


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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 Robert Slimbach, Cronos is a new sans serif typeface family that embodies the warmth and readability of oldstyle roman typefaces. Because it derives much of its appearance from the calligraphically inspired type of the Italian Renaissance, Cronos has an almost handwritten appearance, setting it apart from most other sans serif designs and making it an effective choice for text composition. The italic design was inspired by early chancery style italics and is both elegant and distinguished.

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:

Cronos Pro
Cronos Pro Caption
Cronos Pro Display
Cronos Pro Light
Cronos Pro Light Caption
Cronos Pro Light Display
Cronos Pro Light Subhead
Cronos Pro Subhead

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
Cronos Pro [none] Cronos Pro Regular
Cronos Pro Italic Cronos Pro Italic
Cronos Pro Bold Cronos Pro Bold
Cronos Pro Bold, Italic Cronos Pro Bold Italic
Cronos Pro Caption [none] Cronos Pro Caption
Cronos Pro Caption Italic Cronos Pro Caption Italic
Cronos Pro Caption Bold Cronos Pro Bold Caption
Cronos Pro Caption Bold, Italic Cronos Pro Bold Caption Italic
Cronos Pro Display [none] Cronos Pro Display
Cronos Pro Display Italic Cronos Pro Display Italic
Cronos Pro Display Bold Cronos Pro Bold Display
Cronos Pro Display Bold, Italic Cronos Pro Bold Display Italic
Cronos Pro Light [none] Cronos Pro Light
Cronos Pro Light Italic Cronos Pro Light Italic
Cronos Pro Light Bold Cronos Pro Semibold
Cronos Pro Light Bold, Italic Cronos Pro Semibold Italic
Cronos Pro Light Caption [none] Cronos Pro Light Caption
Cronos Pro Light Caption Italic Cronos Pro Light Caption Italic
Cronos Pro Light Caption Bold Cronos Pro Semibold Caption
Cronos Pro Light Caption Bold, Italic Cronos Pro Semibold Caption Italic
Cronos Pro Light Display [none] Cronos Pro Light Display
Cronos Pro Light Display Italic Cronos Pro Light Display Italic
Cronos Pro Light Display Bold Cronos Pro Semibold Display
Cronos Pro Light Display Bold, Italic Cronos Pro Semibold Display Italic
Cronos Pro Light Subhead [none] Cronos Pro Light Subhead
Cronos Pro Light Subhead Italic Cronos Pro Light Subhead Italic
Cronos Pro Light Subhead Bold Cronos Pro Semibold Subhead
Cronos Pro Light Subhead Bold, Italic Cronos Pro Semibold Subhead Italic
Cronos Pro Subhead [none] Cronos Pro Subhead
Cronos Pro Subhead Italic Cronos Pro Subhead Italic
Cronos Pro Subhead Bold Cronos Pro Bold Subhead
Cronos Pro Subhead Bold, Italic Cronos Pro Bold Subhead Italic

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 6.0 to 8.0 points
  2. Body Text: from 8.0 to 14.0 points
  3. Subhead: from 14.0 to 24.0 points
  4. Display: from 24.0 to 72.0 points

Release Notes

For all fonts of family Cronos Pro: version 2.117 created on Fri Oct 19 18:10:56 2012.

version 2.117 created 2012/10/19

version 2.116 created 2012/05/09

version 2.115 created 2012/05/04

version 2.114 created 2011/06/24

version 2.113 created 2011/03/23

version 2.102 created 2010/11/16

version 2.091 created 2010/09/02

version 2.076 created 2010/08/02

version 2.075 created 2010/01/14

version 2.055 created 2009/07/28

version 2.040 created 2007/08/16

version 1.008 created 2002/02/25

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