Ten Mincho – Great font and ugly Adobe
I recently stumbled upon a very interesting article by Ken Lunde (well known from CJKV Information Processing book) on a new typeface for Japanese called Ten Mincho, designed by Ryoko Nishizuka and Robert Slimbach. Reading that the Kanji and Roman part is well balanced, and the later one designed by Robert Slimbach, I was very tempted to get these fonts for my own publications and reports. But well, not with Adobe 🙁
The fonts are available at TypeKit, but a detailed study of the license terms and EULA gave me to cold shivers:
These are not perpetual licenses. You won’t have direct access to the font files, so you will need to keep the Creative Cloud application running in order to keep using the Marketplace fonts you’ve synced.
A few things to know about fonts from Marketplace
So may I repeat:
- You pay for the fonts but you can only use them while running Creative Cloud.
- You have no way to use the fonts with any other application.
- Don’t even think about using the fonts on Linux with TeX.
- We can remove these fonts at our free will from your library, that is not perpetual license.
Also when you purchase the fonts you are warned in the last step that:
All sales are final. Sorry, no refunds. Please contact us if you have any questions before purchasing.
So not only can you not use the fonts you purchased freely, you also cannot ask for reimbursement.
Adobe, that is a shame.