Utopia® 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

Utopia is an Adobe® Originals text face designed by Robert Slimbach in 1989. It combines the vertical stress and pronounced stroke contrast of eighteenth-century Transitional types like Baskerville and Walbaum with contemporary innovations in character shapes and stroke details. Utopia has four weights, plus a titling font and an Expert Collection, all of which combine to make a flexible family of types that is excellent for a range of applications from corporate communications and advertising to book and newspaper publishing.

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:

Utopia Std
Utopia Std Black Headline
Utopia Std Caption
Utopia Std Display
Utopia Std Semibold
Utopia Std Semibold Caption
Utopia Std Semibold Display
Utopia Std Semibold Subhead
Utopia Std 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
Utopia Std [none] Utopia Std Regular
Utopia Std Italic Utopia Std Italic
Utopia Std Bold Utopia Std Bold
Utopia Std Bold, Italic Utopia Std Bold Italic
Utopia Std Black Headline [none] Utopia Std Black Headline
Utopia Std Caption [none] Utopia Std Caption
Utopia Std Caption Italic Utopia Std Caption Italic
Utopia Std Caption Bold Utopia Std Bold Caption
Utopia Std Caption Bold, Italic Utopia Std Bold Caption Italic
Utopia Std Display [none] Utopia Std Display
Utopia Std Display Italic Utopia Std Display Italic
Utopia Std Display Bold Utopia Std Bold Display
Utopia Std Display Bold, Italic Utopia Std Bold Display Italic
Utopia Std Semibold [none] Utopia Std Semibold
Utopia Std Semibold Italic Utopia Std Semibold Italic
Utopia Std Semibold Caption [none] Utopia Std Semibold Caption
Utopia Std Semibold Caption Italic Utopia Std Semibold Caption Italic
Utopia Std Semibold Display [none] Utopia Std Semibold Display
Utopia Std Semibold Display Italic Utopia Std Semibold Display Italic
Utopia Std Semibold Subhead [none] Utopia Std Semibold Subhead
Utopia Std Semibold Subhead Italic Utopia Std Semibold Subhead Italic
Utopia Std Subhead [none] Utopia Std Subhead
Utopia Std Subhead Italic Utopia Std Subhead Italic
Utopia Std Subhead Bold Utopia Std Bold Subhead
Utopia Std Subhead Bold, Italic Utopia Std 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 8.9 points
  2. Body Text: from 8.9 to 13.0 points
  3. Subhead: from 13.0 to 20.0 points
  4. Display: from 20.0 to 72.0 points

Release Notes

For all fonts of family Utopia Std: version 2.099 created on Thu Sep 27 23:07:04 2012.

version 2.099 created 2012/09/27

version 2.098 created 2011/06/22

version 2.097 created 2011/03/16

version 2.096 created 2010/12/17

version 2.076 created 2009/11/23

version 2.066 created 2009/08/11

version 2.050 created 2007/08/16

version 1.008 created 2002/08/22

Known issues

Customer care

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Support Plan Options and Technical Resources
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Other resources

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created 2013 Jan 14