Hypatia™ Sans 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

Named for the classical mathematician, Thomas Phinney’s Hypatia Sans is a geometric sans serif with humanist undertones. Hypatia echoes the basic form of geometric designs from the 1920s and 30s, and adds features derived from classical oldstyle typefaces and inscriptional lettering that give the design a balance between cold geometry and warm organic form.

The letters are expressive at larger sizes, and are still clear and readable at text sizes in short paragraphs. A wide range of weights increases the family ’s versatility, and its many alternate glyphs and layout features provide a palette of expressive options.

Robert Slimbach helped guide and refine the family throughout the project. Thomas Phinney completed the upright faces and much of the Italics, but was unable to finish them, so Paul Hunt stepped in to complete the project.

Phinney took advantage of stylistic sets, which allow a user to change the appearance of glyphs that are related. Although Hypatia Sans has no fewer than 14 stylistic sets, there are two that Phinney expects to see used most. Stylistic Set #1 removes the vestigial serifs and makes Hypatia Sans a true sans-serif, while Stylistic Set #2 substitutes more geometric alternate forms of certain letters (a,g,t,y), and of the ampersand (&). The most unusual set is the unicase small caps (Stylistic Set #13).

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:

Hypatia Sans Pro
Hypatia Sans Pro Black
Hypatia Sans Pro ExtraLight
Hypatia Sans Pro Light
Hypatia Sans Pro Semibold

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
Hypatia Sans Pro [none] Hypatia Sans Pro Regular
Hypatia Sans Pro Italic Hypatia Sans Pro Italic
Hypatia Sans Pro Bold Hypatia Sans Pro Bold
Hypatia Sans Pro Bold, Italic Hypatia Sans Pro Bold Italic
Hypatia Sans Pro Black [none] Hypatia Sans Pro Black
Hypatia Sans Pro Black Italic Hypatia Sans Pro Black Italic
Hypatia Sans Pro ExtraLight [none] Hypatia Sans Pro ExtraLight
Hypatia Sans Pro ExtraLight Italic Hypatia Sans Pro ExtraLight Italic
Hypatia Sans Pro Light [none] Hypatia Sans Pro Light
Hypatia Sans Pro Light Italic Hypatia Sans Pro Light Italic
Hypatia Sans Pro Semibold [none] Hypatia Sans Pro Semibold
Hypatia Sans Pro Semibold Italic Hypatia Sans Pro Semibold 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.

Release Notes

For all fonts of family Hypatia Sans Pro: version 2.114 created on Fri Jun 15 22:38:29 2012.

version 2.113 created 2012/06/15

version 2.073 created 2011/06/23

version 2.072 created 2011/03/23

version 2.066 created 2011/03/07

version 2.065 created 2011/02/08

version 2.034 created 2010/09/02

version 2.019 created 2010/08/04

version 2.018 created 2010/07/25

version 2.017 created 2010/04/21

version 2.016 created 2010/01/12

version 2.015 created 2009/12/14

version 2.013 created 2009/11/25

version 2.012 created 2009/11/23

version 2.002 created 2009/11/16

version 1.009 created 2008/02/25

version 1.008 created 2007/04/01

Known issues

Customer care

Customer Service
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Support Plan Options and Technical Resources
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Other resources

Adobe Type Showroom
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created 2013 Jan 14