Minion® 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

Minion Pro is an Adobe® Original typeface designed by Robert Slimbach. The first version of Minion was released in 1990. Cyrillic additions were released in 1992, and finally the OpenType® Pro version was released in 2000. Minion Pro is inspired by classical, old style typefaces of the late Renaissance, a period of elegant, beautiful, and highly readable type designs. Minion Pro combines the aesthetic and functional qualities that make text type highly readable with the versatility of the OpenType® font technology, yielding unprecedented flexibility and typographic control, whether for lengthy text or display settings. The full Minion Pro family contains three weights and two widths, each with optical size variants, and each supporting a full range of Western languages, including Greek and Cyrillic. With its many ligatures, small caps, oldstyle figures, swashes, and other added glyphs, Minion Pro is ideal for uses ranging from limited-edition books to newsletters to packaging.

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:

Minion Pro
Minion Pro Capt
Minion Pro Cond
Minion Pro Cond Capt
Minion Pro Cond Disp
Minion Pro Cond Subh
Minion Pro Disp
Minion Pro Med
Minion Pro Med Capt
Minion Pro Med Cond
Minion Pro Med Cond Capt
Minion Pro Med Cond Disp
Minion Pro Med Cond Subh
Minion Pro Med Disp
Minion Pro Med Subh
Minion Pro SmBd
Minion Pro SmBd Capt
Minion Pro SmBd Cond
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Capt
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Disp
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Subh
Minion Pro SmBd Disp
Minion Pro SmBd Subh
Minion 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
Minion Pro [none] Minion Pro Regular
Minion Pro Italic Minion Pro Italic
Minion Pro Bold Minion Pro Bold
Minion Pro Bold, Italic Minion Pro Bold Italic
Minion Pro Capt [none] Minion Pro Caption
Minion Pro Capt Italic Minion Pro Italic Caption
Minion Pro Capt Bold Minion Pro Bold Caption
Minion Pro Capt Bold, Italic Minion Pro Bold Italic Caption
Minion Pro Cond [none] Minion Pro Cond
Minion Pro Cond Italic Minion Pro Cond Italic
Minion Pro Cond Bold Minion Pro Bold Cond
Minion Pro Cond Bold, Italic Minion Pro Bold Cond Italic
Minion Pro Cond Capt [none] Minion Pro Cond Caption
Minion Pro Cond Capt Italic Minion Pro Cond Italic Caption
Minion Pro Cond Capt Bold Minion Pro Bold Cond Caption
Minion Pro Cond Capt Bold, Italic Minion Pro Bold Cond Italic Caption
Minion Pro Cond Disp [none] Minion Pro Cond Display
Minion Pro Cond Disp Italic Minion Pro Cond Italic Display
Minion Pro Cond Disp Bold Minion Pro Bold Cond Display
Minion Pro Cond Disp Bold, Italic Minion Pro Bold Cond Italic Display
Minion Pro Cond Subh [none] Minion Pro Cond Subhead
Minion Pro Cond Subh Italic Minion Pro Cond Italic Subhead
Minion Pro Cond Subh Bold Minion Pro Bold Cond Subhead
Minion Pro Cond Subh Bold, Italic Minion Pro Bold Cond Italic Subhead
Minion Pro Disp [none] Minion Pro Display
Minion Pro Disp Italic Minion Pro Italic Display
Minion Pro Disp Bold Minion Pro Bold Display
Minion Pro Disp Bold, Italic Minion Pro Bold Italic Display
Minion Pro Med [none] Minion Pro Medium
Minion Pro Med Italic Minion Pro Medium Italic
Minion Pro Med Capt [none] Minion Pro Medium Caption
Minion Pro Med Capt Italic Minion Pro Medium Italic Caption
Minion Pro Med Cond [none] Minion Pro Medium Cond
Minion Pro Med Cond Italic Minion Pro Medium Cond Italic
Minion Pro Med Cond Capt [none] Minion Pro Medium Cond Caption
Minion Pro Med Cond Capt Italic Minion Pro Medium Cond Italic Caption
Minion Pro Med Cond Disp [none] Minion Pro Medium Cond Display
Minion Pro Med Cond Disp Italic Minion Pro Medium Cond Italic Display
Minion Pro Med Cond Subh [none] Minion Pro Medium Cond Subhead
Minion Pro Med Cond Subh Italic Minion Pro Medium Cond Italic Subhead
Minion Pro Med Disp [none] Minion Pro Medium Display
Minion Pro Med Disp Italic Minion Pro Medium Italic Display
Minion Pro Med Subh [none] Minion Pro Medium Subhead
Minion Pro Med Subh Italic Minion Pro Medium Italic Subhead
Minion Pro SmBd [none] Minion Pro Semibold
Minion Pro SmBd Italic Minion Pro Semibold Italic
Minion Pro SmBd Capt [none] Minion Pro Semibold Caption
Minion Pro SmBd Capt Italic Minion Pro Semibold Italic Caption
Minion Pro SmBd Cond [none] Minion Pro Semibold Cond
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Italic Minion Pro Semibold Cond Italic
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Capt [none] Minion Pro Semibold Cond Caption
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Capt Italic Minion Pro Semibold Cond Italic Caption
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Disp [none] Minion Pro Semibold Cond Display
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Disp Italic Minion Pro Semibold Cond Italic Display
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Subh [none] Minion Pro Semibold Cond Subhead
Minion Pro SmBd Cond Subh Italic Minion Pro Semibold Cond Italic Subhead
Minion Pro SmBd Disp [none] Minion Pro Semibold Display
Minion Pro SmBd Disp Italic Minion Pro Semibold Italic Display
Minion Pro SmBd Subh [none] Minion Pro Semibold Subhead
Minion Pro SmBd Subh Italic Minion Pro Semibold Italic Subhead
Minion Pro Subh [none] Minion Pro Subhead
Minion Pro Subh Italic Minion Pro Italic Subhead
Minion Pro Subh Bold Minion Pro Bold Subhead
Minion Pro Subh Bold, Italic Minion 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 6.0 to 8.4 points
  2. Body Text: from 8.4 to 13.0 points
  3. Subhead: from 13.0 to 19.9 points
  4. Display: from 19.9 to 72.0 points

Release Notes

For all fonts of family Minion Pro: version 2.115 created on Wed Jun 11 19:24:27 2014.

version 2.115 created 2014/06/11

version 2.112 created 2012/10/10

version 2.111 created 2012/06/27

version 2.110 created 2011/06/29

version 2.109 created 2011/05/23

version 2.108 created 2011/03/23

version 2.097 created 2010/11/16

version 2.080 created 2010/09/01

version 2.070 created 2010/08/05

version 2.069 created 2010/07/20

version 2.068 created 2010/01/14

version 2.048 created 2009/08/19

version 2.031 created 2008/12/04

version 2.030 created 2007/08/16

version 2.015 created 2005/05/20

version 2.012 created 2004/06/29

version 1.022 created 2002/10/22

version 1.021 created 2002/08/14

version 1.011 created 2000/11/21

version 1.007 created 2000/07/27

Known issues

Customer care

Customer Service
Adobe Customer Service provides assistance with product information, sales, registration, and other non-technical issues. To find out how to contact Adobe Customer Service, please visit Adobe.com for your region or country and click on Contact Adobe.

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