Machine 1, windows 8.0, toshiba hardware, ms office package IS installed, 3d program in question IS installed.
Machine 2, windows 8.1, HP hardware, ms office package NOT installed, 3d program in question IS installed.
And yesterday I found myself in the following situation:
A 3d modelling program I use can load fonts with which to create text objects, I'm not sure precisely where the program looks to see the list of fonts available on the computer it is running on, but it finds a list of fonts, which a user can then choose from and insert text in a particular font into the model.
I noticed that machine 1 has some fonts which machine 2 does not have (things like "Bauhaus 93" , "Berlin Sans FB" , "Agency FB" , "Magneto Bold" , "Playbill Regular" , "Stencil regular" amongst others ), machine 2 has some fonts which machine 1 lacks ( "AR Delaney" amongst others ) and that some fonts are common to both machines ( "Verdana" , "Segoe Script" , "Comic Sans MS", "Arial" , "webdings" , "wingdings" )(Note: I HATE comic sans, I mention it as an example, not because I would ever think of actually using it for anything).
I also notice that the fonts are stored in a folder C:\Windows\Fonts .
And that in this folder some of them have icons which are faded grey (why?).
This folder does not display like other folders, it appears differently when you open it from windows file explorer.
The fonts within it are displayed as little thumbnails, each is categorized as: "display" or "text", as "installable" or "editable", has a "designer/foundry" listed and says what language it is "designed for".
The font files appear to be copyable (I was able to copy the a file for one of them on machine 1 into the "my documents" folder, and once in the my documents folder I was able to look at the file's properties and find it was a .TTF .
Is it possible to put a font from machine 1 onto machine 2 just by copying a font file for a particular font from it's C:\Windows\Fonts to a USB, then unplugging this USb from machine 1, plugging it into machine 2 and copying the file into machine 2's C:\Windows\Fonts ?
Or does doing this cause problems?
Would the font files from one machine be incompatible on another due to the screen size/type?
Are the fonts that are lacking from machine 2 somehow bundled into ms office and only able to work on machines which have ms office installed?
Does windows "dislike" this being done, does it start to crash or think the computer is being hacked if a new font file is suddenly copied into it's C:\Windows\Fonts folder?
Are the fonts a computer has controlled simply by what is contained within C:\Windows\Fonts, or would other files also need to be copied across for machine 2 to get Agency FB on it, or machine 1 to get AR delaney on it.
Are these font files set up so they cannot be copied across like this?
Note that doing this is primarily so that the 3d modelling program can access these extra fonts, I'm not bothered about whether ms word/powerpoint... (only machine 1 has those anyway) can access these extra fonts.
Edited by rp88, 23 July 2015 - 04:33 PM.