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Adobe Type on Call: Adobe TOC or Type-On-Call

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
TOC3.ISO_.sit (449.84 MB)
MD5: fbcff3239a954a1c8de4c18a774ea4b3
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
TOC_4_0.ISO_.sit (329.63 MB)
MD5: 278dd899c2228f48df31fa86d39fada1
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (422.49 MB)
MD5: 05c004e8a936a5c966a09f164cef8dd7
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Adobe Type on Call was a CD-ROM based postscript fonts repository where you could buy the fonts you wanted via phone call.
Version 3 had a serial to access two free sample fonts.
The repo of the free 1700 bitmap fonts is included on CD as well as some utilities to manage the fonts.
Version 4 had a dozen free Postscript fonts included. Instructions are in the pictures above.

First DL: TOC-3 for Macintosh

Second DL: TOC-4 for Macintosh and Windows 3.1

Adobe is putting its Type On Call program in North America to rest. The software was discontinued a while ago, and Adobe stopped issuing new unlocking codes for Type on Call fonts last September. But Adobe now says that after this week, it'll no longer be able to provide unlocking codes for Type On Call fonts that have been previously purchased in North America -- essentially discontinuing the last vestige of this software application for the North American market.

Adobe's documentation suggests that Type On Call is still actively supported throughout countries outside of North America. The company lists a number of international phone numbers that can be used to register the software and to purchase keys. European users can also purchase Type On Call keys online.

Before Internet font distribution became as popular as it is now, Adobe's Type On Call software offered up Adobe's font library encrypted on CD-ROM. After purchasing the CD collection, users could call Adobe, pay a fee, and unlock the encrypted fonts for use in their work. Since then, Adobe has replaced the Type On Call program with its own online font purchase environment to enable users to buy fonts from the Adobe Type Library (Europeans have access to their own download center as well).

With this new announcement, users in North America who have purchased Type On Call fonts in the past are strongly encouraged to protect their existing unlocked Type On Call fonts by creating backup copies. As of June 4, if you lose the Type On Call fonts or unlocking codes you've previously paid for, you won't be able to get the unlocking code from Adobe again.

(From: Macworld, May 2001)

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by MacinTricks - 2016, November 14 - 11:42pm

Type-On-Call was the 1990s' way to grab legit type families from Adobe without dialing up your expensive internet minutes. Why is it useful now? LOTS BITMAP FONTS that the Adobe Font Folio doesn't include. Adobe had designers edit and create these beautiful bitmap fonts for use with PostScript Type 1 font families. They just threw away the larger sizes with Font Folio and left 10 & 12 point.