Helvetica™ Std 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

Helvetica is one of the most popular typefaces of all time. It was designed by Max Miedinger in 1957 for the Haas foundry of Switzerland (the name is derived from Helvetia, the Latin name for Switzerland). The design is based on the grotesques of the late nineteenth century, but new refinements put it in the sans serif sub-category of neo-grotesque. Shortly after its introduction, the Stempel foundry purchased the original Helvetica typeface and developed a full series of weights. In the 1960s Helvetica came to the United States, where alignment standards differed; Mergenthaler Linotype copied the Stempel series and then added several new versions of the design. Helvetica is an all-purpose type design that can deliver practically any message clearly and efficiently. The condensed and compressed Helvetica designs are excellent for display applications such as newspaper or newsletter headlines, billboards, and advertising.

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:

Helvetica LT Std
Helvetica LT Std Black
Helvetica LT Std Compressed
Helvetica LT Std Cond
Helvetica LT Std Cond Blk
Helvetica LT Std Cond Light
Helvetica LT Std ExtCompressed
Helvetica LT Std Fractions
Helvetica LT Std Light
Helvetica LT Std UltCompressed

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
Helvetica LT Std [none] Helvetica LT Std Roman
Helvetica LT Std Italic Helvetica LT Std Oblique
Helvetica LT Std Bold Helvetica LT Std Bold
Helvetica LT Std Bold, Italic Helvetica LT Std Bold Oblique
Helvetica LT Std Black [none] Helvetica LT Std Black
Helvetica LT Std Black Italic Helvetica LT Std Black Oblique
Helvetica LT Std Compressed [none] Helvetica LT Std Compressed
Helvetica LT Std Cond [none] Helvetica LT Std Condensed
Helvetica LT Std Cond Italic Helvetica LT Std Condensed Oblique
Helvetica LT Std Cond Bold Helvetica LT Std Bold Condensed
Helvetica LT Std Cond Bold, Italic Helvetica LT Std Bold Condensed Oblique
Helvetica LT Std Cond Blk [none] Helvetica LT Std Black Condensed
Helvetica LT Std Cond Blk Italic Helvetica LT Std Black Condensed Oblique
Helvetica LT Std Cond Light [none] Helvetica LT Std Light Condensed
Helvetica LT Std Cond Light Italic Helvetica LT Std Light Condensed Oblique
Helvetica LT Std ExtCompressed [none] Helvetica LT Std Extra Compressed
Helvetica LT Std Fractions [none] Helvetica LT Std Fractions
Helvetica LT Std Fractions Bold Helvetica LT Std Fractions Bold
Helvetica LT Std Light [none] Helvetica LT Std Light
Helvetica LT Std Light Italic Helvetica LT Std Light Oblique
Helvetica LT Std UltCompressed [none] Helvetica LT Std Ultra Compressed

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.

Release Notes

For all fonts of family Helvetica LT Std: version 2.125 created on Wed Mar 23 16:05:34 2011.

version 2.124 created 2011/03/23

version 2.094 created 2010/08/12

version 2.093 created 2010/08/06

version 2.092 created 2009/11/23

version 2.082 created 2009/07/28

version 2.030 created 2007/09/12

version 1.040 created 2002/10/18

Known issues

Customer care

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Support Plan Options and Technical Resources
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Other resources

Adobe Type Showroom
Index page for all family Read Me files


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