Thanks for all of this. Quite the thorough job.
Just a note: Agree with your analysis of MM but I believe this was ended
more out of the switch over to OpenType and the end of Adobe's production of
PostScript Type 1. No? They did just kept putting MM out right up to the
switch over. Production was never actually quite high with the Originals but
they did keep at it. Some of the new OpenType releases look quite good and
from what I've seen there are some optical ranges, if I recall that right,
or at least, they have developed enough variants that it could work that
way. I worked on some of the PS1 beta testing and I always felt the
production was quite sincere and relatively unhindered by corporate concerns
until only in the last several years. The type department was (is) never a
big part of Adobe overall though it was (is) a highly visible element for
Now that you wrapped up trapping here what do you now about ink drains?
After this I will be satiated and not bother you anymore.
Several years ago I did a letterpress piece with Stemple Sistina and
discovered an odd nicking around the edges of the letterform when printed.
The type was brand new, still covered in founder's grease, and I was
shocked. When I replaced the letter, same thing. Then I examined the type.
These were large. 72-point. All the edges of the characters were slightly
nicked (identically) as part of the casting! I had never seen this before. I
assume that this type was made late in the game, when letterpress production
was designated for high-speed presses, and that these were purposeful ink
drains. This did not appear on smaller sizes of the face. Any knowledge of