Full format name of files that use PFA extension is Printer Font ASCII Format. Files with PFA extension may be used by programs distributed for Linux, Mac OS, Windows platform. Files with PFA extension are categorized as Font Files files. The Font Files subset comprises 106 various file formats. FontForge supports PFA files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used. FontForge software was developed by George Williams, and on its official website you may find more information about PFA files or the FontForge software program.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open PFA files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. PFA files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Problems with accessing PFA may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with PFA files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports PFA files installed on the system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install FontForge. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading FontForge installed is by going to developer’s website (George Williams) and downloading the software using provided links.
You still cannot access PFA files although FontForge is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why PFA files are not compatible with FontForge. The most recent version of FontForge is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing FontForge (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open PFA files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the PFA file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PFA file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. PFA file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If you obtained the problematic PFA file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. 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. It could happen the the download process of file with PFA extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open PFA files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Printer Font ASCII Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with PFA files affecting older versions of given software.
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