Full format name of files that use AFM extension is Adobe Font Metrics Format. Files with AFM extension may be used by programs distributed for Mac OS, Windows platform. AFM file belongs to the Font Files category just like 104 other filename extensions listed in our database. The most popular program for handling AFM files is Referenced by programs that use system fonts, but users can choose among 3 different programs that support this file format.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with AFM files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. AFM files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Problems with accessing AFM may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Adobe Font Metrics Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening AFM files is that no program that can handle AFM files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select Referenced by programs that use system fonts or one of the recommended programs (for example, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support AFM files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Referenced by programs that use system fonts installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.
You still cannot access AFM files although Referenced by programs that use system fonts is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why AFM files are not compatible with Referenced by programs that use system fonts. The most recent version of Referenced by programs that use system fonts is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing Referenced by programs that use system fonts (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open AFM files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the AFM file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the AFM is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the AFM file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the AFM file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If the AFM file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with AFM extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Adobe Font Metrics Format file again.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with AFM extension. In this case close the other applications.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Adobe Font Metrics Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with AFM files affecting older versions of given software.
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