Adobe Auto-Activation Plugins

Most applications activate fonts automatically when documents call for them. However, since leading applications from Adobe use proprietary font activation functionality, FontAgent® provides plugin software that you must install to enable automatic font activation in the InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy applications in Creative Cloud 2018.

How Activation Plugins Work

FontAgent plugins intercept calls for activating fonts made by selected Adobe applications and direct them to FontAgent. When you open a document, the Adobe apps request FontAgent to activate the fonts contained in the document.

When you open an Adobe document, FontAgent plugins activate the fonts contained in the document. But the Adobe apps update their Font menus on a periodic basis of their choosing, and sometimes the activated fonts can take a few minutes to appears in the apps. When this happens, you can eliminate waiting for the fonts to appear by restarting the application.


Setting Activator Options

FontAgent provides a number of settings to help you control its font activation functionality.

To set these FontAgent activation preferences, follow these steps:

  1. Select the About command from the FontAgent menubar.
  2. Select the Options command from the Home menu ribbon.

Enable auto-activation in Adobe applications

Check this box to enable auto-activation in FontAgent for the InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and InCopy applications associated with Adobe Creative Cloud 2023.

Show resolver for auto-activation conflicts

Click a button that indicates whether you want FontAgent to display its Conflict Resolver when an exact match for a required font is not present in your font catalog.

Leave activated fonts active on exit

Check this box to leave fonts active that have been activated in the current session as FontAgent exits.

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