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Adobe FrameMaker: So You Want to Use Myriad Pro SemiBold?

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker

Yes, I do! I’m working on a publication that requires the use of Myriad Pro SemiBold. I copied the font to my Windows 7 fonts folder and fired up FrameMaker, fully expecting to see it listed in Paragraph Designer.

Windows 7: Myriad Pro Semibold shows up as installed

Sadly, I couldn’t find it.

Adobe FrameMaker 11: Where is my Myriad Pro SemiBold?

After mulling it over for a few days (and removing and reinstalling the font a few times), I finally posted the question on the Adobe FrameMaker forum. Within minutes, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Community MVP Arnis Gubin provided the answer:

To get a SemiBold weight with Pro OTF fonts, you need to select the “Light” version of the family: e.g., Myriad Pro Light.

Seriously? Evidently. There it is, waiting patiently for me to find it.

Adobe FrameMaker 11: Myriad Pro SemiBold shows up under Myriad Pro Light

Twenty-plus years of using and teaching FrameMaker and I had no idea. Just goes to show the concept of “it takes a village” is as relevant to using software as it is to raising our kids. Thanks, Arnis!

Adobe FrameMaker 11: Myriad Pro SemiBold lives with Myriad Pro Light

NOTE: I should just leave well enough alone, but… that’s not in my nature. After posting this blog entry on how SemiBold weights live with the Light version of the Open Type Fonts, I returned to my work and immediately found SemiBold in the weight list for Adobe Garamond Pro. Light is there too. Given the option, I’d prefer all fonts were organized like the one below.

Adobe FrameMaker: Adobe Garamond Pro SemiBold

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  1. It would be nice if one could organize the fonts as you state at the end. Unfortunately, it’s a Windows thing where (for whatever reason, thanks to the MS programmers that also made an RGB only GDI) only four faces are allowed per “family” (typically regular, bold, italic, bold-italic).