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  • Using Alpaca Scarlett Demo font with Gerber Composer software

  • Patrick Watson

    Member
    November 5, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Everyone.

    I am not a sign maker or printer, but I need some help and advice from experienced people in the industry.

    My sign maker uses OMEGA – Gerber Technology Composer 6.5 but has only ever used the fonts supplier by Gerber. My logo and signs were made by a sole trader who has gone out of business and cannot be traced. He used Alpaca Scarlett Demo font for all my artwork.

    My new sign maker is trying to continue new jobs using this same font but as already stated he has never used a font not supplied by Gerber and does not have a clue as to load Alpaca Scarlett Demo into his Composer software.

    Can anyone help with some simple advice as to how to do this please? If it is not possible to use Alpaca in Composer, then are there any other options? For the sake of continuity, it would be great to continue to use Alpaca but failing that can any of you recommend something very similar.

    I am posting on this forum as I can see that the members have a wealth of experience in solving problems. I would be very grateful for any help you can give me.

    Thank you

    PaddyW

  • David McDonald

    Member
    November 5, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Paddy

    I’m not familiar with Composer, but every piece of sign or general design software I’ve used has had the ability to use almost any fonts installed in Windows? That might not be the case with the Gerber software but I’d be very surprised – just download the font from somewhere like dafont.com, install it and away you go. The software might need starting again as some only load fonts on start up. If you really are limited to Gerber fonts then there are many ways to convert a font to an outlines(vector) and surely you will be able to import this into the Gerber software. Corel or Illustrator are good for the conversion, or as a workaround do it in a text editor and print it to a PDF without embedding the font (you can get freebie software for both).

    Maybe speaking out of turn but why not find another sign maker who has the ability and knowledge to help you, or ask the sign maker to hop onto the boards and ask?

    Cheers

    Dave

    • Patrick Watson

      Member
      November 6, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thank you. I cannot change sign maker. I have suffered financially from Covid restrictions and income has dried up, but the bills keep flowing in. The sign maker is a friend who is not charging me as he wants to help me from sinking. I am very grateful for his support.

      You are probably right about the ability to convert fonts and we will have to explore this further. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

  • George Zerbino

    Member
    November 5, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Paddy,

    Tell your sign maker to install the font as a normal font on his computer, then run a program in his Gerber Omega directory called “TT Font Converter”.

    Once he’s located the font and converted it, all he needs to do is restart Omega and it will appear in his list of fonts. Easy peasy

    Cheers,
    George

    • Patrick Watson

      Member
      November 6, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Sounds very straightforward and I am now more hopeful. Could you just elaborate a little for me please? We loaded the Alpaca into Windows. I know that Gerber has a font converter. When we opened the Composer software, we could only see the Gerber fonts. We could not see the Windows 10 fonts including the newly installed Alpaca. We are obviously doing something wrong.

      I know you must be correct in terms of using the font converter, but we must be trying to do things in the wrong sequence.

      Thank you for your help – very grateful.

      • George Zerbino

        Member
        November 7, 2020 at 9:43 am

        If you’ve installed the font on the computer that has Composer on it, now do these steps:

        Click on the Start menu, locate the Gerber OMEGA 6.50 folder, open the folder, locate the program called “TrueType Font Converter 6.5” and click on it to run it

        You’ll see a new window pop-up in the middle of the screen. This is the font converter program.

        Where it lists “installed fonts” these are the fonts that are installed in Windows (NOT the Omega fonts).

        On this list, locate the font in question (Alpaca), select it and then click on “convert”. A pop-up windows appears showing a capital H – now click on ok.

        All done!

        Shut down Omega, restart it and the font will now appear in Omega.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    November 6, 2020 at 2:22 am

    @George-Zerbino

    Now there is a UKSB user from the past! Good to see you posting back on The Boards George. First registered on this site in 2002. 👍

    • George Zerbino

      Member
      November 7, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Hi Rob – Cheers! 2002? 🤣 I probably still had hair at the time – and a sticker on the shop door saying “member of the UKSignGroup”….

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    November 7, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    @George-Zerbino
    🤣 these stickers are a flash-back for me for sure! great stuff, I completely forgot about those!

    Great to see you back on the board’s mate. 👍

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