FAQ

Key features

What are the main specifications of AXIS Font?

Main specifications are as following;

  • OpenType font format
  • Cross-platform
  • No limitation on print resolution
  • Extraction of outline is allowed
  • Embedding into PDF is allowed
  • Proportional alternative metrics are included
  • Not necessary to use printer font by dynamic downloading of subset font in time of printing (Dynamic downloading is a technology to download subset font and documents onto PostScript-driven printers just in time of printing.)
  • Easy-to-handle font data because all features and glyphs are in only 1 file.
What OS is required to use AXIS Font?

See the list below. Require Japanese edition for all Windows. Microsoft Corporation already finished supporting Windows 95/98/98SE/Me/NT4.1, we strongly recommend to use Windows Vista or higher. We do not support the use of AXIS Fonts on Unix and Unix-clone OSs.

  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows Me
  • Windows NT4.1
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8:

*OpenType can be installed directly into Windows system font folder.

  • Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2

*ATM 4.6.2 is required to use OpenType. After installation of ATM, OpenType can be installed directly into system font folder.

  • Mac OS X 10.0-10.8

*OpenType can be installed directly into font folder for all users (/Library/Fonts) or font folder for specific user (/Users/username/Library/Fonts).

What are the system requirements for AXIS Font?

See the requirements for respective OSs.

Windows

  • Windows OS (See required OS list)
  • Adobe Type manager (ATM) 4.1 Japanese edition is required on Windows 98/98 SE/Me/NT4.1. (Visit here for downloading ATM 4.1)
  • 64MB of RAM or over (128MB+ recommended)

*Windows 2000 or higher natively supports OpenType, then it is not necessary additionally to install ATM and AdobePS printer driver.

Macintosh

*Mac OS X natively supports OpenType in both displaying and writing. It's not necessary to install ATM/Adobe PS.

Is AXIS Font available on non-Japanese OS environments?

Displaying Japanese is available when the requirements above are fulfilled. To make writing Japanese available, see the additional requirements below:

Windows

Required to install Keyboard driver and Japanese IME. To convert environment into Japanese, need additionally install Japanese language pack (or Multilingual User Interface). For more information of keyboard driver, Japanese IME and language pack, please contact Microsoft Corporation.

Macintosh

Required to install Japanese Language Kit. All versions of Mac OS X have all necessary software to display/write Japanese. No additional software is necessary.

What is the character set of AXIS Font?

Japanese fonts (Basic/Condensed/Compressed) are based on Adobe Japan 1.3 which have 9354 Characters, and for Condensed and Compressed proportional have 9356 characters that Euro currency symbol and its variations are appended. Latin fonts (Basic/Basic Italic/Condensed/Condensed Italic/ Compressed/Compressed Italic), have 718 characters including small caps and so on. All are OpenType Pro font format.

What is the weight system of AXIS Font?

Japanese fonts have 3 variations of widths (Basic/Condensed/Compressed) and each width has weights listed below. 18 fonts in total.

Basic: Extra Light / Ultra Light / Light / Regular / Medium / Bold / Heavy
Condensed: Extra Light / Ultra Light / Light / Regular / Medium / Bold
Compressed: Extra Light / Ultra Light / Light / Regular / Medium

Latin fonts have 3 variations of widths (Basic/Condensed/Compressed) and each width has italic variants and weights listed below. 36 fonts in total.

Basic: Extra Light / Ultra Light / Light / Regular / Medium / Bold / Heavy
Basic Italic: Extra Light / Ultra Light / Light / Regular / Medium / Bold / Heavy
Condensed: Extra Light / Ultra Light / Light / Regular / Medium / Bold
Condensed Italic: Extra Light / Ultra Light / Light / Regular / Medium / Bold
Compressed: Extra Light / Ultra Light / Light / Regular / Medium
Compressed Italic: Extra Light / Ultra Light / Light / Regular / Medium

What are the differences between the Latin characters in Japanese fonts and ones in Latin fonts?

869 Latin characters are included in Japanese fonts, which intended to be used in Japanese environment (numerics, symbols are customized for Japanese-specific in some width variation.) 719 Latin characters are included in Latin fonts, which intended to be used in non-Japanese environment (Japanese-specific characters are not included. There are included many convenient characters such as small caps, italic, and so on.)

Please refer to the list of characters from;

http://typeproject.com/fonts/axisLatinpro

Do the Latin characters in Japanese font and ones in Latin font share same design?

Yes, for proportional Latin characters which are included in the spec of Adobe Japan 1.3.

The width of Latin characters are not only proportional but also half width and full In Japanese font. For Japanese-specific characters such as full width numerics are highly customized for the uses in Japan.

What are the languages Axis Font correspond?

Covered languages are different by Japanese and Latin fonts.

Japanese font almost fully covers 30 languages shown below.

Japanese (main script and covers JIS X 0208:1997) / English/ Icelandic (íslenska) / Irish (Gaelige) / Afrikaans (Afrikaans) / Albanian (Gjuha Shqipe) / Italian (Italiano) / Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) / Estonian (Eesti keel) / Occitan (lenga d'òc) / Dutch (Nederlands : U+0132 "IJ" and U+0133 "ij" shall be divided into I/i and J/j) / Oromo (Oromiffa) / Galician (Galego) / Swedish (Svenska) / Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) / Spanish (Español) / Swahili (Kiswahili) / Danish (Dansk) / German (Deutsch) / Norwegian (Bokmål) / Norwegian (Nynorsk) / Finnish (Suomi) / Faroese (Føroyskt) / French (Française) / Brasilian Portuguese (Português Brasileiro) / Breton (Brezhoneg) / Portuguese (Português) / Latin (Latina : Classical orthography, without vowels with macron) / Luxembourg (Lëtzebuergesch) / Rhaeto-Romance languages (Rhaetian) / Walon (Walloon)

*Full width version of Greek uppercase/lowercase (24 characters for each, excluding ending form of sigma) and Cyrillic (Russian) uppercase/lowercase (33 characters for each) are included as JIS Row6 and Row 7 (These characters are defined as full width in JIS spec)

Latin font covers 49 languages shown below.

English (main script) / Icelandic (íslenska) / Irish (Gaelige) / Afrikaans (Afrikaans) / Albanian (Gjuha Shqipe) / Italian (Italiano) / Indonesian (Malay) /Bahasa Indonesia (Melayu) / Welsh (Cymraeg) / Estonian (Eesti keel) / Esperanto / Occitan (lenga d'òc) / Dutch (Nederlands) / Oromo (Oromiffa) / Galician (Galego) / Catalan (Català) / Greenlandic (Kalaallisut) / Croatian (Hrvatski) / Cornish (Kernowek) / Swedish (Svenska) / Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) / Spanish (Español) / Slovak (Slovenčina) / Slovene (Slovenščina) / Swahili (Kiswahili) / Somali (Soomaali) / Czech (Čeština) / Danish (Dansk) / German (Deutsch) / Turkish (Türkçe) / Norwegian (Bokmål) / Norwegian (Nynorsk) / Basque (Euskara) / Hungarian (Magyar nyelv) / Finnish (Suomi) / Faroese (Føroyskt) / French (Française) / Brasilian Portuguese (Português Brasileiro) / Breton (Brezhoneg) / Portuguese (Português) / Polish (Polski) / Maltese (Malti) / Manx (Gaelg) / Latvian (Latviešu) / Latin (Latina) / Lithuanian (Lietuvių) / Luxembourg (Lëtzebuergesch) / Rhaeto-Romance languages (Rhaetian) / Romanian (Română) / Walon (Walloon)

Japanese font based on Adobe Japan 1.3 covers all ISO-8859-1 proportional characters and Š, š, Ž, ž, Œ, œ, Ÿ. Then AXIS Font Japanese version can be used as multilingual font when you compose text using proportional characters. However, not all corresponding half-width characters are included, only Latin font is covered by half-width characters. On FontBook application of Mac OS X, Greek appears as covered language for AXIS Latin fonts, but no Greek characters (excluding mathematical Greek signs) are included. To avoid the bug of Illustrator/InDesign CS2 or lower not showing several weights of AXIS Font in their font menu, pseud-bit for Greek should be marked. AXIS Latin fonts don't cover both Poliphonic and monotonic Greek.

For which applications can we use AXIS Font?

AXIS Font is available on the applications, which support OpenType and are installed on OSs fulfilling system requirements shown above. For information whether your applications are compatible with OpenType, please consult the venders of your applications. Some OpenType typographic features would be not accessible from applications, which have week compatibility with OpenType. Adobe Illustrator 8.0 or lower are not compatible with OpenType. Alternative glyphs and alternative metrics are not accessible from Adobe Illustrator 9.0 and 10.0. Microsoft Office from the versions of 2010 (Windows) and 2011(Macintosh) are officially capable with some OpenType typographical features, however, the lower versions are not officially compatible with OpenType. The lower versions provisionally access OpenType as a variation of TrueType and almost all of typographic features are not accessible. Quotation marks (ex Latin left/right quotations) are handled not by typographic feature of OpenType but by Office itself, and this behavior can be altered by disabling concerning checkbox.

How is the amount of memory usage?

Japanese font is about 3MB per 1 font, and Latin font is about 400KB per 1 font.

How is the footprint size on storage?

Japanese font is about 2MB per 1 font, and Latin font is about 100KB per 1 font.

How AXIS Font name will display?

In font menu : AXIS Std weightName

ex: AXIS Std Light

About installation

How to install the AXIS Font?

See the procedures below for your environments.

Windows 98/98SE/Me/NT4.

*Required ATM 4.1 or higher

  1. Quit all active applications.
  2. Mount CD-ROM of AXIS Font or locate deflated folder of the archive downloaded from axisfont.com.
  3. Launch Adobe Type Manager (ATM ) 4.1 from "Start Menu/Programs/Adobe/Adobe Type Manager 4.1".
  4. Select "Fonts"tab in ATM window, and then select "Browse for fonts" in pop-up of "Sources".
  5. Locate the folder path opened in procedure 2, then select AXIS Font file(s) and push "Add" button.
  6. Make sure that AXIS font file(s) located in instruction #5 are listed in the frame of "Destination", then exit ATM.
  7. The fonts are now installed and will appear in the font menus of your applications. Launch your applications and check the font name(s) on the font menu of your applications.

*Log in as Administrator to install on Windows NT4.1. If you log in as specific user, no other users can use installed font by access privilege.

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

  1. Quit all active applications.
  2. Mount CD-ROM of AXIS Font or locate deflated folder of the archive downloaded from axisfont.com.
  3. Open Start menu and select "Control Panel", then open "Font" in control panel window. (In case of Windows XP/Vista/7, control panel may set to category view. In this case open "Font" in "Appearance and Personalization").
  4. Drag & Drop AXIS font located in the instruction #2 into font folder, then the font(s) are now installed and will appear in the font menus of your applications. Launch your applications and check the font name(s) on the font menu of your applications.

*Log in as Administrator to install on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8. If you log in as specific user, no other users can use installed font by access privilege.

Windows 8

  1. Quit all active applications.
  2. Click "Desktop" panel in the Start Screen, and mount CD-ROM of AXIS Font or locate deflated folder of the archive downloaded from axisfont.com.
  3. Move cursor to the top right on the screen or swipe from right side to center on touch screen. Click/tap the "Settings" on bottom of menu.
  4. Click/tap "Control panel" on "Settings"
  5. Click/tap "Appearance and Personalization" of control panel window.
  6. Click/ tap "Font" to open font folder
  7. Drag and drop for install from the folder you opened at instruction #2.

*Log in as Administrator to install on Windows 8. If you log in as specific user, no other users can use installed font by access privilege.

Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 and on the Classic environment of Mac OS X

*Please install Adobe Type Manager (ATM) 4.6.1 / ATM Light 4.6.2 or higher before starting installation procedure.

  1. Quit all active applications excluding Finder.
  2. Mount CD-ROM of AXIS Font or locate deflated folder of the archive downloaded from axisfont.com.
  3. Open running system folder of Mac OS (or Classic system folder located in Classic system preference) and locate font folder in it.
  4. Open Font folder, then drag and drop AXIS Font file(s) in it.
  5. The font(s) are now installed and will appear in the font menus of your applications. Launch your applications and check the font name(s) on the font menu of your applications.

Mac OS X 10.0-10.8

  1. Quit all active applications excluding Finder.
  2. Mount CD-ROM of AXIS Font or locate deflated folder of the archive downloaded from axisfont.com.
  3. Locate your font folder;
    • For all users: locate Volume:Library:Fonts
      In this location all users can use AXIS Font(s).
    • For individual user: Volume:User name:Library:Fonts
      Axis Font in this location can be used only by the specified user.
      *Please alter declined volume and folder names for your environment. On Mac OS X 10.7 or over "Volume:Users:user name:Library" is hiddlen as invisible and not directly accessible from Finder. Select "Move to folder" from "Go" menu of Finder, input "/Users/user name/Library" to make that folder temporary visible, then open "Fonts" inside it.
  4. Open the font folder located in instruction #3, then drag and drop AXIS Font file(s) in it.
  5. The fonts are now installed and will appear in the font menus of your applications. Launch your applications and check the font name(s) on the font menu of your applications.
The installation of fonts was denied by system. How can this be solved?

In case of purchase of CD-ROM products, copying font files might fail when the disk is damaged or smeared. Be sure that the disk is not damaged or smeared, try to install fonts again. In case of purchase of products by download, the archives of fonts might be corrupted in time of downloading or the archive might be incorrectly deflated by archivers . If you want to check the files are normally downloaded/deflated, please contact by email at axisfont@axisinc.co.jp

Are there different installation disk for each OSs? And are the number of times for installation limited?

Only 1 disk for all OSs. (Disk format is ISO9660 Joliette) Use within the limitation of license. Check your EULA (End User License Agreement) before performing installation.

Installed fonts don't appear in font menu and aren't accessible. How should this problem be solved?

See the solutions below for your environments.

Windows 98/98SE/Me/NT41

  1. On these environments OpenType is accessed as a kind of TrueType with the help of Adobe Type Manager. The upper limit for installable number of fonts is about 1,000. Keep the sum of the numbers of fonts under 1000 in both system font folder and the fonts managed by ATM. Delete unnecessary font.
  2. If the fonts don't appear in font menu after deletion of unnecessary fonts, font cache (temporary glyph storage file) would be damaged. Refer to http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;ja;417563 and delete font cache, then reboot your computer.
  3. If the problem did not solved after trying 1 and 2, font data would be damaged. Refer to http://helpx.adobe.com/jp/x-productkb/global/223039.html and delete the fonts managed by ATM4.1, then try again to install fonts.
  4. If the problem is not solved after trying 3, the data binding font file path and font menu name in registry (setting file in which system core settings are put together) would be damaged. Refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/133732/ja and try to recover font registry data.

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8

  1. On these environment OEM version of Adobe Type manager (without user interface) is installed by default and OpenType can be installed into system font folder like old TrueType. The access privilege of font file depends on the privilege of user's performed installation of font file. If the installation is performed not by system administrative privilege but by generic user privilege, the font file is only accessible for the generic user performed installation. If you have necessity to allow all users to access the font file, delete font file from system font folder and then log off from generic user, and login again as system administrator to install font file.
  2. In case that the sum of numbers of installed font exceed the limit of system or font cache is damaged, the fonts does not appear in font menu. Refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/880991/ja and adjust the amount of font file in font folder and font cache.
  3. If fonts are not accessible after trying 1 and 2, the data concerning font access in registry would be damaged. Download fontreg utility from http://code.kliu.org/misc/fontreg/ and try to recover the registry after reading carefully ReadMe.txt inside the archive.

Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 or on Classic environment on Mac OS X

  1. On these environments OpenType is recognized as a kind of TrueType by the help of ATM 4.6.2 or similar. When ATM is Off OpenType is not accessible from any applications. Be sure ATM is ON.
  2. On these environments the upper limit number of Japanese fonts is 256 and the upper limit number of PostScript Japanese font (OCF/nakedCID/sfntCID/OpenType CFF) is 128. Furthermore the upper limit number of all font files in font folder is 512. Then remove unnecessary font and keep following conditions:
    • Amount of Japanese font files: under 256
    • Amount of Japanese "PostScript" font files: under 128
    • Total amount of fonts in font folder: under 512
  3. In case of using Mac OS 8.6, the OS has bug in font management. Previously the updater for fixing this bug is downloadable from Apple's website, however, at this time the updater is hidden and not downloadable. If possible update the OS to Mac OS 9.2.2 to solve the problem.
  4. In case of using fonts in Classic environment of Mac OS X, the font folder which accessible from Classic environment is limited to Classic's font folder.
    cf) http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2435?viewlocale=ja_JP
    If the fonts are installed in the native font folder of Mac OS X, move them into Classic font folder.
  5. If fonts are not accessible after trying all above, font cache (temporary glyph storage file) would be damaged. Locate your system font folder and open "Preferences" in it, delete following 2 files from preferences folder, then reboot Mac OS (or Classic environment).
    • FontAnnexFile
    • FontArbitrator Prefs

Mac OS X 10.0-10.8

  1. ATM is not necessary because Mac OS X is designed to have capability of OpenType by default. Fonts are installed in:
    • In case of System specific fonts: /System/Library/Fonts (Users cannot install fonts in this folder)
    • In case of sharing the fonts by all users: /Library/Fonts
    • In case of having fonts by specific user: /Users/username/Library/Fonts
      *On Mac OS X 10.7 or over "Volume/Users/user name/Library" is hidden as invisible and not directly accessible from Finder. Select "Move to folder" from "Go" menu of Finder, input "/Users/user name/Library" to make that folder temporary visible, then open "Fonts" inside it. If the fonts are installed in user-specific font folder the fonts are not accessible from other users. If the fonts have to be shared by all users on system, install fonts in /Library/Fonts.
  2. Font cache would be damaged. Download "Onyx" from http://www.titanium.free.fr/ and launch it. Open "Font" tab in "Cleaning", then clean up all font caches.
I'd like to know how to uninstall AXIS Font.

See the procedures below for your environments.

Windows 98/98SE/Me/NT4.1

  1. Quit all active applications.
  2. Launch Adobe Type Manager 4.1 from "Start Menu/Programs/Adobe/Adobe Type Manager 4.1".
  3. Open "Font" tab, and select the fonts you want to uninstall from "Destination". (Keep pressing shift key to select multiple fonts)
  4. Click "Delete" button on left bottom of window.
  5. Deletion confirmation dialog will appear. Click "OK" (in case of selecting multiple fonts, click "yes to all")
  6. Confirm the fonts selected in instruction #3 from "Destination", and exit ATM.
  7. Now the fonts are uninstalled.

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

  1. Quit all active applications.
  2. Open "Control Panel" from Start menu.
  3. Open font folder:
    • On Windows 2000, open "Fonts"
    • On Windows XP, toggle view from "Category" to "Classic", then open "Fonts"
    • On Windows Vista/7, open "Fonts" in "Appearance and Personalization".
  4. Toggle view to "List" and select the font(s) you want to uninstall, right-click to show context menu, then select "Delete" from context menu.
  5. Confirm the font(s) selected in instruction #4 are deleted.
  6. Now the fonts are uninstalled.

Windows 8

  1. Quit all active applications.
  2. Click/tap "Desktop" on start screen, and move cursor to the top right on the screen or swipe from right side to center on touch screen. Click/tap "Settings" on bottom of the menu.
  3. Click/tap "Control panel" on "Settings"
  4. Click/tap "Appearance and Personalization" of control panel window.
  5. Click/ tap "Font" to open font folder
  6. Toggle view to "List" and select the font(s) you want to uninstall, right-click to show context menu, then select "Delete" from context menu.
  7. Confirm the font(s) selected in instruction #6 are deleted.
  8. Now the fonts are uninstalled.

Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 and on the Classic environment of Mac OS X

  1. Quit all active applications excluding Finder.
  2. Open running system folder of Mac OS (or Classic system folder located in Classic system preference) and locate font folder in it.
  3. Open Font folder, select the font(s) you want to uninstall, and drag & drop them into trash.
  4. Select "Empty Trash" from "special" on menu bar to delete font file(s).
  5. Reboot Macintosh. Now the font(s) are uninstalled.

*In case of utilizing fonts with font management utilities (ATM Deluxe, Extensis Suitcase etc.), please refer to the help file of respective utilities for uninstallation of font(s).

Mac OS X 10.0-10.8

  1. Quit all active applications excluding Finder.
  2. Locate your font folder;
    • For all users: locate Volume/Library/Fonts
    • For individual user: Volume/Users/user name/Library/Fonts
      *Please alter declined volume and folder names for your environment. On Mac OS X 10.7 or over "Volume/Users/user name/Library" is hidden as invisible and not directly accessible from Finder. Select "Move to folder" from "Go" menu of Finder, input "/Users/user name/Library" to make that folder temporary visible, then open "Fonts" inside it.
  3. Open font folder located in instruction #2, select the font(s) you want to uninstall, then drag and drop AXIS Font file(s) into trash.
  4. Select "Empty Trash" from "Finder" menu on menu bar to delete font file(s).
  5. Now the font(s) are uninstalled.

*In case of malfunction of fonts or font names on font menu of applications, download "Onyx" from http://www.titanium.free.fr/, open "Font" tab from "Cleaning", delete font cache (temporary glyph storage file), then reboot Mac.

Can I re-install it to other computers?

The license agreement allows 1 license installation to a computer. It is required to delete the font file from your current computer if you change computers. Also it is necessarily to have written approval from Type Project in advance.

I am installing plural OSs on single computer. Can I install the AXIS Font to every OS?

The license agreement permits 1 license per computer. You can install AXIS Font to each OS on one computer, but simultaneous AXIS Font usage is prohibited.

Can I install the fonts on a server?

No, the license agreement prohibits installation on a server. You need to sign a Server License Agreement separately.

About Japanese Condensed/Compressed

What does "Condensed" mean?

This means that the font is narrower than basic width. When the width of AXIS Basic is defined as 100%, then condensed width of ideographic characters are 80% of the Basic, and kana characters are 76%.

What's the difference between Compressed and Condensed?

Compressed are more narrow than Condensed. Compare to 100% AXIS Basic Kanji character width, AXIS Condensed Kanji width is 80% and Compressed Kanji width is 60%. Compare to 100% AXIS Basic Kana character width, Condensed Kana width is 76% and Compressed Kana width is 50%

With what are name displayed?

In font menu, it display AXIS Condensed/Compressed weightName

ex: AXIS Condensed Regular, AXIS Compressed Regular

Font file name, it display AXISCondensed/Compressed-weightName.otf

ex: AXISCondensed-Regular.otf, AXISCompressed-Regular.otf)

What kinds of trouble are already known with Condensed/Compressed version of Japanese font?

AXIS Condensed/Compressed is based on the specification of OpenType font format, however glyphs are not designed fitting inside right rectangle (so called "Full width"). And the width of ideographic and non-ideographic characters differ each other. Some software are not compatible with proportional non-Latin characters will forcibly handle them as full-width character, then printed/displayed states of glyphs will differ from original glyph image inside font data.

Which application software may failure?

We are reported that vertically composed non-Latin characters are irregularly arranged in some application software such as Flash and Fireworks produced by former Macromedia.

If you aware that the font may not work properly in some applications. Why do you market AXIS Condensed and Compressed?

AXIS Condensed/Compressed Japanese fonts fulfill the specification of OpenType. As almost all of Latin fonts are designed proportionally, we propose the possibility of proportionally designed Japanese typeface which are not limited in fixed pitch design architecture.

License and support

Where can I purchase it?

Visit exclusive vending site (http://axisfont.com/) for purchase. The site operated by our official reseller AXIS Inc.

How can I get the support for AXIS Font?

Please contact our official reseller by e-mail (axisfont@axisinc.co.jp).

How can I receive upgrade support for AXIS Font?

Our official reseller will announce the upgrading information.

Can I embed the font program to device(s)?

No, the license agreement prohibits embedding the font to any devices, game or other application software. For the information of the License Agreement for device-oriented font data, please contact us by email at sales@typeproject.com.

Can I install or use fonts on a network?

No, the license agreement permits you to install 1 license on a single computer. You need to sign up to Network License Agreement separately with the necessary number of accounts in your internal network.

Can I use it on video or visual works?

You can use the font for title, caption or information board of any video/visual image, and may reproduce, sell, distribute and publicly transmit the video/visual image content(s) produced using the AXIS Font Program.

Can I make new letter(s) using the element of AXIS Font?

Yes, you can and you can use them. But you cannot sell the created letter(s).

How can I get the information of license for OEM use of AXIS Font?

For information on the use of OEM fonts, please contact us by email at sales@typeproject.com.

Can we use Web font?

We do not provide web font.

How can I transfer license to another person?

To transfer your license to another person/corporation, please contact Type Project for approval of license transfer in writing previously you perform any actions. We do not admit following actions;

  • Leasing, renting, sublicensing, distributing, reproducing the right to use of license
  • Transferring the license without permission of Type Project or official resellers
  • Copying font data over the limit of licensed number of CPU
Where can I read full provisions of license agreement?

Please refer to our End User License Agreement.

Font format and font features

What is the font format of AXIS Font?

The font format for AXIS Font is OpenType font format, which is drawn up by Adobe Systems Incorporated and Microsoft Corporation.

OpenType is a kind of extended TrueType font format which for long have been used as de facto font format for PCs and device-embedded uses. OpenType can contain PostScript outline data and better support of typographic features.

Can I purchase TrueType version of AXIS Font?

We vend only OpenType for generic purpose.

We adopt OpenType as our vending format for generic uses, because OpenType copes with the features of designing applications to which TrueType cannot adapt and all the font venders including all together adopt same mapping structures and features. If you are looking for TrueType versions of AXIS Fonts, please contact us with sales@typeproject.com.

What mean the suffix "Std" and "Pro"?

These mean the character sets. (Not to mean character code) In Japanese fonts, "Std (Standard)" means the font is based on Adobe Japan 1.3 character set, and "Pro" means to be based on Adobe Japan 1.4 character set. In Latin fonts there is no concrete meaning for this kind of suffix. AXIS Font Latin Pro contains wider ranges of typographic features and characters for wider ranges of languages than generic (Std) fonts.

For precise information of Adobe Japan character set specifications, please refer to following URLs;
http://www.adobe.com/jp/support/type/aj1-6.html
http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/font/5078.Adobe-Japan1-6.pdf

Is bitmapped glyphs included in AXIS Font?

Bitmapped glyphs are not included in AXIS Fonts.

We intend the main purpose of AXIS Fonts is to be used on displays with anti-aliased rasterization and on commercial printing with very high resolution. If you are looking for pre-bitmapped glyphs for device-embedding uses, please contact us with sales@typeproject.com.

Is Type Project ready to vend printer fonts for AXIS Font?

AXIS Fonts are built as OpenType font format, and it is not necessary to be printed in combination with printer font.

Historically saying, printer font is born to make the release speed of host machine from spooling and printing faster especially in combination with OCF/CID fonts for host machines and printer / image setter driven by interpreters of PostScript Level 2 or lower. There is no need of help of printer font when we use OpenType. If you use the printers / image setters listed below, please make outline before printing.

  • Printers / image setters which cannot accept dynamically subsetted font downloading
  • Printers / image setters which cannot handle CID support library (interpreter PostScript Level is lower than 2.201.115)
  • Printers / image setters driven by interpreters of non-genuine PostScript
Does AXIS Font allow coexistence with OCF font or CID font?

Yes. You can print AXIS Font from a printer that has OCF Font and/or CID Font installed on it. Also it is printable by non-PostScript printer if it satisfies the system requirements.

What are the industrial standards AXIS Font corresponds?

See the list below:

Japanese Font

Adobe Japan 1.0 - 1.3

  • Fully included : ISO-2022-JP、JIS C 6226-1978、JIS X 0201-1997、JIS X 0208:1983、JIS X 0208:1997、ISO 8859-1、Microsoft CP932、Apple MacJapanese、Fujitsu FMR SJIS(R90)
  • Partially included : Unicode 2.0

Latin Font

All Axis Font map characters in Unicode scheme.

  • Fully included : ISO (ISO-8859-1、ISO-8859-2、ISO-8859-3、ISO-8859-4、ISO-8859-9、ISO-8859-13、ISO-8859-15、ISO-8859-16)、MSCP(CP1250、CP1252、CP1254、CP1257)
  • Almost fully included : ISO (ISO-8859-10(excluding only U+2015))
  • Partially included : ISO(ISO-8859-14(all excluding 14 old Gaelic characters [ḂḃḊḋḞḟṀṁṖṗṠṡṪṫ])、MSCP(CP1258(all excluding 10 codes [U+0300/U+0309/U+01A0/U+01AF/U+0303/ U+0301/U+0323/ U+01A1/U+01B0/U+20AB]))、Unicode 2.0
What are the typographic features of AXIS Font?

In AXIS Font, commonly used typographic features are included as following; character alternation for variants, stuffing space between characters, permission of embedding characters into PDF.

Common features for both Japanese fonts and Latin fonts:

  • Pair kerning between Latin characters
  • Permission of embedding subset font into PDF/EPS/AI/XPS
  • Conversion of specific queue of characters into ligature characters

Features for only Japanese fonts:

  • Proportional metrics (so called "Tsume" in Japanese)
  • Character alternation between variant characters
  • Ideographical character alternation between JIS97 and JIS78
  • Ideographical character alternation between JIS97 and JIS83
  • Alternation of specific characters into full width / half width / proportional width
  • Character alternation between normal zero numeric and slashed zero numeri

Features for only Latin fonts:

  • Alternation of numeric character between proportional width and fixed pitch
  • Contextual ligaturing of fractional component numerics / slash
  • Nominator/denominator numeric conversion
  • Superscript/subscript character conversion
  • Old style and lining numeric conversion
  • Small capital character conversion
  • Automatic alternation of ordinal ending into superior position
Does AXIS Japanese Font have both fixed pitch font and proportional font separately?

No. AXIS Font is built as OpenType and based on the specification of Adobe Japan 1.3, then AXIS Japanese fonts have both fixed pitch characters and proportional characters in same font file. Proportional characters are used as default Latin script unless fixed pitch characters are purposely specified by users.

In Japanese OpenType font data, fixed pitch characters and proportional characters are both included in only one file. On the other hand, on Japanese TrueType (w/ .ttf extension) and TrueType Collection (w/ .ttc extension), fonts with different width settings are clearly distinguished as separated font file (separated font name in ttc) nevertheless the fonts share same design of characters. This restriction of TrueType comes historical reason that TrueType is older format than OpenType. In OpenType format, these characters (sharing same design basis and having different width settings) can be called by typographic features such as alternation of widths and alternative proportional metrics (on assumption that the applications are compatible with OpenType typographic features). OpenType have plenty of typographic features and features for width alternation can be called by just enabling feature, without reselecting font name for different width like in TrueType.

*On Illustrator and InDesign CS1 or higher, different width of characters with same meaning can be called purposely by selecting alternative characters in "Glyphs" palette.

Does AXIS Japanese Basic Font have the characters (ideographic, kana, Latin and numeric) of both full width and half width alternative for each?

AXIS Japanese Basic have fixed pitch ideographic characters (1000-width), half width Kana characters (500-width) and Latin/numeric characters for proportional/full width (1000-width)/ half width (500-width).

The list below shows the correspondence of widths for each character ranges:

Full width Half width Proportional
Latin only for basic uppercase/lowercase not all corresponding characters for proportional glyphs
Numeric
Punctuations





all for Latin punctuations, and proportional metrics for almost all full width punctuations excluding Latin ones
Cyrillic (Basic uppercase/lowercase)
Greek (Basic uppercase/lowercase)
Kana (Hiragana/Katakana)

alternative proportional metrics for almost all characters
Ideographic
alternative proportional metrics for a few characters
Marks
not all for proportional ones
Are Emoji (pictograms) for cellular phones included in AXIS Font?

No, no Emoji for cellular phones includes.

Pictograms included in AXIS fonts are the ones specified in the spec of Adobe Japan 1.3. For the information of device-embedding oriented fonts, please contact us with sales@typeproject.com.

Where I can get specimen?

Please download at our site

AXIS Font Basic: http://typeproject.com/fonts/axisbasic
Condensed: http://typeproject.com/fonts/axiscondensed
Compressed: http://typeproject.com/fonts/axiscompressed
Lain Pro: http://typeproject.com/fonts/axislatinpro

Input and printing

Is there limitation of rasterizing resolution in AXIS Font?

No, no restriction/limitation are implemented in AXIS Font.

Restriction of rasterizing resolution is driven by applications or printer drivers. We did not implement any kind of restriction on rasterizing resolution.

Are all the documents with AXIS Font printable in any printers?

Documents with AXIS Font can be printed with PostScript-driven printers and image setters. Printing on other printing system is also possible when the system requirements are fulfilled.

On PostScript printers and image setters, the documents with AXIS Font can be printed by dynamically subsetted font downloading. In other hands, on printers/image setters driven by other printing systems the documents are rasterized as high density bitmap image of the contents displayed on host computers by printer drivers of those system, then those system also covered. If you use the printer/image setters listed below, please make outline before printing.

  • Printers/image setters which cannot accept dynamically subsetted font downloading
  • Printers/image setters cannot handle CID support library (interpreter PostScript Level is lower than 2.201.115)
  • Printers/image setters driven by interpreters of non-genuine PostScript
Is it admitted to copy the font data to printing centers in order to output design data in high resolution?

In any cases we do not admit to copy the font data to another person. This kind of conduct is the violation for EULA (End User License Agreement) and infringement of copyright law.

Can I take outline of glyphs?

Yes.

No problem to do following if you own license for the fonts or if you intend to use result data for other people/corporation sharing direct economical profit:

  • To take outline of glyphs
  • To make new glyphs using outlined glyph paths

However you cannot sell them. For more information refer to EULA.

Is AXIS Font embeddable into PDF/EPS/AI?

Yes.

In a few applications, the text path over object with transparency feature are outlined. It can be avoided and embedded normally by enabling the option of saving them as text path.

Some applications report that the font "AxisStd-ExtraLight-83pv-RKSJ-H not found on this system". What does the sentence mean? And how can I handle this?

This sentence will be reported by some applications when you handle documents made by old versions with newer versions of these applications. The fonts with this kind of name can be replaced with the font without "83pv-RKSJ-H".

"83pv-RKSJ-H" is a suffix (CMAP) to show that the font is based on "JIS1983 Partially Vertical Roman Kana Shift JIS Horizontal character mapping". (83pv is used only on Mac OS7-9.2.2, then the documents were made on Mac OS 7- 9.2.2). Though AXIS Fonts are OpenType, in those older Mac OS (7-9.2.2) OpenType Japanese fonts were accessed as a kind of CID font data and the documents made on those OSs have the name of CID-accessed fonts as "font family name - weight name - CMAP name". Once OpenType is accessed as CID font, alternative proportional metrics built in OpenType are ignored. Then the composition of characters would overflow or the spaces between characters would be so stuffed when you open the old document with manual kerning. To handle these data correctly on newer versions of applications, please check up how kerning is inserted and the alternative proportional metrics of OpenType affect the composition. Please refer to following documentations for the differences of use of information inside fonts:

http://www.adobe.com/jp/joc/design/guides/pdf/AICS6_text_convert.pdf (Japanese) http://www.adobe.com/jp/joc/design/qa/page08.html (Japanese)

Unexpected white spaces are inserted before/after Latin characters and apostrophes. How this can be solved?

White spaces before and after apostrophes would appear only if you use AXIS Japanese Basic fonts. This would not reproduced using AXIS Japanese Condensed/Compressed and AXIS Latin fonts. White spaces between Latin and Japanese characters are automatically inserted by applications. Refer to following solutions:

Microsoft Office (only in Japanese locale)

To remove automatically inserted white spaces between Latin and Japanese characters, select "段落" from "書式" menu, click "体裁", and unselect the checkboxes of "日本語と英字の間隔を自動調整する" and "日本語と数字の間隔を自動調整する". To adjust unexpected white spaces before/after quotations, select "初期設定" from "Word" menu, click "オートコレクト", click "入力オートフォーマット", then unselect the checkbox of " ' ' を ' ' に変更する".

Adobe CS 1-6 (only in Japanese locale)

To remove automatically inserted white spaces between Latin and Japanese characters, select "文字組" in "段落" palette, select "設定…" and adjust spacing digits concerning to Latin and Japanese characters. To adjust unexpected white spaces before/after quotations, select "文字組" in "段落" palette, select "設定…" and adjust spacing digits concerning to quotations.

Some weights of AXIS Font are not shown in the font menu of Microsoft Word. How this can be solved?

In case of AXIS Latin fonts, the missing weights are some of "Italic" ones. Italic face can be specified by using counterpart weights of normal face and then click "Italic" button. (ex: to use Light Italic, specify Light weight first and then click "Italic" button). In case of AXIS Japanese fonts, to use Bold weight of Basic width, specify Regular weight first and then click "Bold" button. To use Bold weight of Condensed width, specify Medium weight first and then click "Bold" button.

How to indicate the Kanji characters which cannot be input (keyboard)?

For Adobe Illustrator CS or higher or Adobe InDesign CS or higher, select "Glyphs" from "Type menu", then double click the letter from the glyphs pallet. Or if you see the ▼ symbol on the bottom right of the glyphs pallet, you can select alternative characters from the pull down menu. Adobe Photoshop CS or higher that do not have glyphs pallet, you can copy and past the character which input in Adobe Illustrator. Some application software, other than Adobe, may support the input of Unicode assigned Japanese characters through Japanese input software such as ATOK, KOTOERI or MS-IME. Please contact each software vendor for the support status of Unicode.