So you open an AutoCAD .DWG file and you notice some of the text does not look like you expect. Maybe a paragraph that is supposed to show up with a script font like FreeStyle Script, is instead showing up with a block font like txt.shx. What has probably happened is that you are missing the correct font required for that particular text style. If you received the drawing from someone else and they did not use eTransmit, this is a common issue. Run the STYLE command and select the textstyle in question. Now look at the Font Name selection. Is there a yellow shield near the font name as shown below? If so, you are missing that font!
So let’s presume that you have obtained the correct font, what do you do with it? CADforum has done a great job documenting the steps needed to load a new font file, and we do not need to rehash all that here. Just keep in mind that SHX and TTF fonts are pretty much the only two font types supported, although you can compile PFB (postscript) fonts into SHX format. The one extra thing worth noting is that you can place SHX fonts in the same folder as the DWG and it will be “found” and loaded. You cannot do this with TTF fonts. If you deal with a lot of drawings from others, this is one strategy you can use in order to not “clog up” your normal Fonts directory with fonts that are only used in one or two drawings for a particular client or partner.
Keep in mind that if you are sending your drawing to someone else, and you have non-standard fonts, you will need to send those fonts along for the ride. eTransmit can make this step pretty effortless.
If you have another thought or tip on AutoCAD fonts, leave us a comment below. Thanks!