Just when I thought the Office 2010 font wars were over, a new battle broke out. I got an e-mail with a Word attachment that crashed Word 2010. I brought it up in Word on a computer that had only the standard Windows 7 fonts installed, and saw that the predominant font was Times. I opened up the control panel and brought up the font browser on the computer that was having trouble. Sure enough, Times and had the odd $%& pattern in the preview icon that Helvetica had had. I deleted Times, and Word could open the file just fine.
Concerned, I went through all the fonts in the font browser, looking for the $%& pattern. It appeared in Tekton, Futura Book, Futura Light, Frutiger 45, Frutiger 55, Frutiger 95, Optima, and Optima Oblique. What these all have in common are that they’re Adobe Postscript Type One fonts. However, I had many Postscript Type One fonts that didn’t have the problem. I removed all the fonts with the $%& preview pattern and reinstalled them. They still exhibited the funny pattern.
However, all of these fonts except Tekton (not tested) appear to work in Word. I’m not sure what the difference is between these fonts and Times and Helvetica, both of which crash Word.