Resolve issue where MapInfo Professional 9.x and later have problems recognizing .otf fonts

Products Affected: MapInfo Pro


User installs a font with a .otf extensions and the font works in Word, etc. but is not available in Professional.


MapInfo Pro does not formerly support Open Type Fonts any more since there were changes made to MapInfo Pro 9.0 to only display True Type fonts (.ttf) in the font picker dialog. This was done mainly for Curved Label support, where non-true type fonts can't be used.


UPDATED: October 25, 2017
Here is a workaround that is not officially supported but it may work:

As the non-True Type font is explicitly referenced in places such as Workspaces it should appear in the picker. What this means is that once a font is being used by MapInfo Pro (EG: it has been referenced in a Workspace and then loaded) it will then be included with the font picker dialog.

In order to achieve this please:

1. Open a table
2. Add some text to the cosmetic layer
3. Edit the workspace to change the font to your font name.otf font
4. In MapInfo Pro, close all, and reopened the workspace. This font will then appear in the font list dropdown. You can again do a close all, and that font should remain in the dropdown for the remainder of the MapInfo Pro session

Since we only support True Type fonts our recommendations would be to use only True Type fonts and there are converters available on the internet that will convert fonts for you, but if you wish to try this workaround you should be able to get a non-True Type font to display in MapInfo Pro.

Note: there are .otf to .ttf conversion programs to be found on the web that may work but note that
Converting proprietary fonts to other formats is illegal;
you should convert only fonts that have non-restrictive licenses or that you have a license to use.