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.afl File Extension

Developer: Adobe Systems
File type: Adobe Font Metrics File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .afl. Files with the file extension .afl can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .afl files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .afl file?

An Adobe font metrics file is used by the Adobe Font Metrics (AFM) software, which means program entities are stored in these Adobe font metrics files to handle fonts included in the font library of the Adobe Font Metrics application. These program entities are also called metrics because they are used to process universal metadata details about associated fonts. These Adobe Font Metrics files also aid the application in managing the tools that control fonts in the font library of the Adobe Font Metrics software. Start and end font metrics describe and dictate the utility of an Adobe Font Metrics file for the Adobe Font Metrics application. These Adobe Font Metrics files are integrated with data encoding specifications proprietary to Adobe Systems and the Adobe Font Metrics software for storing its content in the AFM file format. These Adobe Font Metrics files are appended with the .afm extension.

how to open a .afl file?

Launch a .afl file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .afl file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .afl files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .afl file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .afl file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .afl file association errors

applications that open a .afl file

Adobe Font Metrics

Adobe Font Metrics

Adobe Font Metrics refers to the format that is used for a variety of applications, particularly for digital typesetting. This is considered as one of the PostScript fonts, which are outline font specifications, that are created by Adobe Systems Inc.The file extension name is .afm, which is an obvious abbreviation of Adobe Font Metrics, that is primarily consisted of font metrics information and general font information. It provides global metrics for a font application, while metrics for each and every individual character. All metrics of any base font program is described by a single AFM file. This particular type of file format is only used in UNIX programming environments, which is a Linux tool that can be both installed in Windows and Mac computers. Generally, there are three major kinds of font types that are supported by PostScript language, namely normal Type 1, multiple master, which is a Type 1 extension, and Type 0 or also referred to as composite fonts.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .afl files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .afl. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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