Customizing Fonts for Displaying Geometry Area Texts

This task explains how to choose fonted texts displayed in the geometry area, for example, when working in Drafting workbenches, and lists the fonts you can choose from.
You need access to the Interactive Drafting product license to follow this scenario which shows you how to enter text in a drawing and choose a font for the text. The objective is to present the list of fonts supported.
  1. Open a drawing you created using the Interactive Drafting product.

  2. Click Text in the Annotations toolbar, then click a point in the drawing to position the text to open the Text Editor dialog box.

  3. Use the Text Editor dialog box to write the text, justify it, specify the text height and define the anchor point, then click anywhere outside the Text Editor window, but inside the main application window:
    The Text Editor dialog box disappears.

  4. Point to the text, right-click and select Properties to open the Properties dialog box.

  5. Click the Font tab. This tab includes controls for setting the font, font style and size:

Which Font Formats Are Supported?

Version 5 provides the following font formats:

  • PostScript (PS) Type 1 format. PostScript font format is a quality-certified font format for professional printing thanks to its definition of analytical geometric elements. In addition to this, professionals also use high-quality PostScript font printers dedicated to publishing.
  • CATIA Version 4 FONT format.
  • TrueType font (TTF) format. TrueType font versioning is now available which means that TTF fonts will have the same behavior throughout all future Version 5 releases or service packs, thus ensuring a consistent display of text.

    This new version of TTF fonts is supported on both Windows and UNIX and is named after the release or service pack number, i.e. 18000. To take advantage of enhancements delivered in future versions, the text should be displayed using the appropriate version number.

    Moreover, note that:

    • all TTF fonts displayed until V5R17 are known as Version 0 and work on Windows only. If a TTF text is displayed on UNIX with Version 0, it is not displayed with a TTF font but with the default font available.
    • any future modification will be available in next versions.
    • new modifications will have no impact on the way the text is displayed with previous versions.

With respect to the PostScript Type 1 font format, note that on Windows only, if a TrueType version of the font exists or has been created, it can be used to optimize visualization quality.

  • OpenType font (OTF) format. OpenType font format is an extension of the TrueType font (TTF) format, adding support for PostScript font data. Note that OpenType fonts are not delivered with Version 5.

    This font format is supported on both Windows and UNIX:

    • On Windows, some OpenType fonts are provided natively. However, you can customize the list of fonts provided by copying your own fonts to C:\Windows\Fonts, or by selecting Start > Control > Panel > Fonts then File > Install New Fonts...
      For more information, refer to your Windows documentation
    • On UNIX, no OpenType fonts are provided natively. To be able to use OpenType fonts, you have to copy them to your Version 5 environment in installationfolder\resources\fonts\TrueType or in installationfolder\resources\fonts\OpenType.

OpenType fonts can be used in Drafting workbenches and are identified by a specific icon: . OpenType font files are identified by the extension ".otf", ".OTF" or ".TTF", depending on the kind of outlines in the font and on the need for compatibility on systems without native OpenType support.

The major benefits of OpenType fonts are:

  • cross-platform compatibility (the same font file can be used on both Macintosh and Windows computers)
  • better support for international character sets
  • support of advanced typographic control.

Among the various advanced features provided by OpenType fonts, one of them is supported by Version 5 and is called "kerning".

What is "kerning"?
Kerning is the adjustment of horizontal space between pair of letters. This means that when some pairs of letters create awkward spaces, kerning adds or removes space between letters to create a more visually appealing and readable text.
A typical kerning table lists pairs of glyphs and specifies how much space a text-processing client should add or remove between the glyphs.
This is illustrated by the examples below:

Example 1 - Pair of glyphs
Without kerning
With kerning: spacing between "A" and "W" is shortened
Example 2 - Use of kerning information with text
Pairs "A-w" and "g-e" are not kerned
Pairs "A-w" and "g-e" are kerned

Kerning information is built-in to most quality fonts. Some software programs use these built-in kerning tables to apply automatic kerning to text without manual intervention. But other programs (e.g. Microsoft Word) prefer to let the choice to the user. In Version 5, kerning values are not applied automatically: it is up to the end-user to set on or set off this property.


More about OpenType fonts

  • OTF files can contain both TrueType font format outline data and PostScript Compact Font Format (CFF) outline data

  • Font files containing TrueType outlines can have either the ".OTF" or ".TTF" extension, depending on the need for backward compatibility with older systems or with previous versions of the font. These font files can contain both CFF and TTF data

  • Fonts with only CFF data (i.e. no TrueType outlines) always have the extension ".OTF"

  • If a ".TTF" file is renamed to ".OTF" (or ".otf"), this file can be used on both UNIX and Windows as an OpenType font file

  • If you save a Version 5 document containing OpenType fonts then reopen it in an environment in which OpenType fonts are not installed, then the text is displayed using the default Version 5 font.


Which Fonts Are Provided?

The following fonts are supported and are installed ready for use without further customization when you install Version 5:

  • all default stroke fonts delivered previously with CATIA Version 4
  • 22 Bitstream Type 1 fonts
  • an extra font (customized by Bitstream): CATIA Symbols; this font contains the symbols from Version 4 fonts
  • TrueType fonts provided by Windows.

Note that the Bitstream fonts are delivered in several different styles (depending on the font), whereas the CATIA Version 4 fonts are delivered in regular style only.

Furthermore, the 22 Bitstream fonts support ISO-8859-1 environments only.

  Fonts in TrueType format may be used as is, i.e. all fonts delivered will be displayed in the font list. However, you can customize this list (for instance, to keep only the fonts you use most frequently) by copying the desired fonts to your Version 5 environment in:


where "install_root" is the installation folder (Windows).

For TrueType fonts, a ".ttf" file is required.

Which Bitstream Fonts Are Supported?

The Bitstream fonts are:

Font Name Attribute File Name
Swis721 BT roman Swiss.pfb
  italic SwissI.pfb
  bold SwissB.pfb
  bold italic SwissBI.pfb
Swis721 LtCn BT light condensed SwissCL.pfb
  light condensed italic SwissCLI.pfb
Swis721 BdOulBT bold outline SwiOuB.pfb
Monospac821 BT roman Monos.pfb
  italic MonosI.pfb
  bold MonosB.pfb
  bold italic MonosBI.pfb
Dutch801 Rm BT roman Dutch.pfb
  italic DutchI.pfb
  bold DutchB.pfb
  bold italic DutchBI.pfb
Courier10 BT roman Coure.pfb
  italic CoureI.pfb
  bold CoureB.pfb
  bold italic CoureBI.pfb
UniversalMath1 BT regular Mathe.pfb
SymbolMono BT regular SymbM.pfb
SymbolProp BT regular SymbP.pfb
  Note that:
  • the Swiss 721 Bitstream font family is Bitstream's version of Helvetica
  • the Monospace 821 Bitstream font family is Bitstream's version of Helvetica Monospaced
  • the Dutch 801 Bitstream font family is Bitstream's version of Times Roman
  • the CATIA Symbols font (not in the above list) contains the symbols from Version 4 fonts.
  For each of the Bitstream fonts, the following files are delivered in the location referenced by the CATFontPath variable:
  • in the Postscript folder or subdirectory: .pfb, .inf, .pfm, .afm
  • in the ExtraFiles folder or subdirectory: .ttf. Note: On Windows only, installing Version 5 also installs in the ExtraFiles environment the equivalent fonts in TrueType format. The TrueType font format offers enhanced visualization quality. The installation adds the fonts (in TrueType format) to the list of system fonts you can view by selecting the Start > Settings > Control Panel command and double-clicking the Fonts control.

Which Version 4 Fonts Are Provided?

The following Version 4 fonts are supported and are installed ready for use without further customization when you install Version 5:

  • SSS1.font, SSS2.font, SSS3.font, SSS4.font: 4 simplex sans serif fonts
  • ROM1.font, ROM2.font, ROM3.font: 3 roman fonts
  • GOTH.font: 1 Gothic font
  • SYM1.font, SYM2.font, SYM3.font, SYM4.font: 4 symbol fonts
  • KANJ.font: Kanji font (Japanese)

    Regarding the KANJ font, from now on, halfwidth Katakana characters are displayed with a smaller width than the width with which they were displayed in CATIA Version 4

  • KOHG.font: Hangeul font (Korean)
  • TRCH.font: Traditional Chinese font
  • SICH.font: Simplified Chinese font.
  Note that:
  • SYM1 contains annotation and tolerance symbols, and plot markup characters
  • SYM2 contains ISO symbols fonts
  • SYM3 contains roughness symbols
  • SYM4 contains graphic and mathematical symbols as well as miscellaneous technical symbols.