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Key Fonts Pro: Mac, Win & NeXT Fonts

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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS X
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Here's a bunch of Mac, Windows & NeXT fonts to go along with your word processing. The Fonts included are TrueType and PostScript. Hybrid CD in toast/stuffit compressed format. AFM files are obviously included.

What is AFM file extension?

The AFM file extension is a font file, similar to FON, ABF, GDR and PFM file types. AFM format is also known as the Adobe Multiple Font Metrics (AMFM) and Adobe Composite Font Metrics (ACFM) file formats. In fact, AFM, AMFM, and ACFM are actually three variations of the same format.

Main functions of AFM file extension:

- AFM file extension is the standard Adobe font file format; it is commonly used for saving font metric data as human-readable data.

- AFM files contain base or composite font information. One AFM file is used per master design of a font.

NOTE: If you have a "font addiction", Suitcase will prove essential in helping you manage your collection (Suitcase also tests for font integrity):

Architecture: 68k PPC x86 (Intel)

TrueType fonts need SSW 7 or later, or the True Type extension for System 6. Adobe Type Manager is needed for postscript fonts. OS X handles postscript fonts directly.


MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2013, November 15 - 8:24am

Excellent finding (and archiving), macjames Smile

macjames's picture
by macjames - 2013, November 15 - 6:53am

Guess what i found.....

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2012, August 17 - 3:13pm

Any chance to get these files back?

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by themacmeister - 2010, November 30 - 9:54am

The fonts are "weak" because they are missing true quotes, symbols, glyphs, and the kerning (although adjudged to be better than Adobe), does not match Adobe fonts, creating a nightmare of text wrap and line-endings.

The simple fact that a capital C can be in bold (lazy scale trick) compared to the rest of the typeface should set off warning bells for those of you interested in quality typography Smile

If you needed to create a quick headline, or a single sentence, you could ALMOST get away with these... but just almost!

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, November 25 - 6:03pm

Well, since you asked...

I'm sure I can add that soon.


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by Galane - 2010, November 25 - 5:03am

I'd like to have the PC fonts too, to have this item complete.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 27 - 3:00am


Also, for some lighter reading read: Judgment in Adobe vs. Southern Software, Inc. et al Smile

Actually, just searching for "Key Fonts Pro 1555" gets loads of interesting hits.

I also have the Key Fonts Plus CD. Its a smaller earlier collection of some 300+ font faces, and the quality seems to be higher. SoftKey sourced these from a different company, WSI (Weatherly Systems, Inc.) not who they used to get the 2nd CD together, SSI (Southern Software, Inc.).

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 27 - 2:29am

For more balanced comments re: Key Fonts Pro 1555 CD read this article: "an attempt to catalog the 1555 fonts" (also sourced from cg scs carleton ca/~luc).

BTW the above article does make a real attempt at determining what cloned font belong to which font foundry font, so you end up with a very good list of what font names in the 1555 CD are more or less similar to their equivalent foundry fonts.

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 26 - 6:31pm

Amazing that you found that... but at least they do state "The kerning pairs on the 1555 Key Fonts Pro CD in contrast were much better."

This upload is the 1555 CD, and from what I gather, the person's opinion is largely, if not entirely, directed at The Key Fonts Pro 3003.

We'll have to take themacmeister's word on it that the fonts are "weak" especially since this is not my forte. Also, now that I've learned that these are copied fonts, I can understand how they would not be up to full quality.

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, October 26 - 5:02pm

On this website it also says that Key Fonts Pro are not very good.

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 26 - 2:35pm

Great advice about saving as a PDF, Mike.

@themacmeister: I'm not sure what you mean by "they are pretty weak". Weak how?

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by themacmeister - 2010, October 26 - 3:44am

I have this very CD, and it comes in very, very useful if you need to match an existing font. With the type control of Illustrator/InDesign you can get the kerning/line breaks very close to the original.

I would not recommend using these fonts for more than headlines, or a small paragraph - they are pretty weak.

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 3 - 11:36am


Here's a bunch of Mac fonts to go along with your word processing. Only the Mac TrueType and PostScript fonts of this CD-ROM has been uploaded, A-Z only; The PC, AFM, and NEXT fonts from the original CD has been omitted.

Loved the CD's scan, very nice. These fonts are pretty good. They are clones (essentially rip-offs) of commercial font faces of the period. Font purists will loathe them but I think they are PDG. More useful (IMHO) if you save/distribute documents that make use of these fonts to PDF, then you can distribute and be read, as it would be unlikely (but not impossible) that your intended recipient would also have these fonts installed.

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by xy - 2010, October 2 - 8:04pm

You are right: Indeed there are fonts which are, unfortunately, no longer sold or no longer sold as PS fonts, but only as OTF which is really annoying, because Acrobat 5 does not accept OTF fonts.

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 2 - 7:29pm

I don't see how decade and a half old fonts are any different than our abandonware that can run in OSX Classic. They're no longer under development, so in some ways I think they're more abandonware than some of the applications we have here.

We also offer MS Office here, which I'm sure came with a plethora of fonts...

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, October 2 - 7:01pm

Regarding fonts: What are the criteria that they can be considered abandonware? Doesn't Mac OS X still accept TT and PS fonts? (I don't know because I do not use Mac OS X.)