Missing Fonts Loader Plug-in for Adobe InDesign

The plug-ins for Adobe InDesign CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 are available on the Proxima Software Web site. Missing Fonts Loader plug-in can automatically activate missing fonts in Adobe InDesign documents.

See also: Information about all available plug-ins on the Proxima Software Web Site

Missing Fonts Loader Plug-In

For the products

Adobe InDesign CS2 version 4.0
Adobe InDesign CS3 version 5.0
Adobe InDesign CS4 version 6.0
Adobe InDesign CS5 version 7.0


Automatic Activation of Missing Fonts

Operating System Microsoft Windows


FontExpert 2016 version 14.0.
Your fonts must be added to FontExpert Library.

File Name MissingFontsLoader.pln


The plug-in for InDesign CS5 requires "Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package" and the plug-ins for InDesign CS3 and CS4 require "Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package" (available on the Proxima Software Web site, http://www.proximasoftware.com/download.htm).

The plug-in for Adobe InDesign CS2 does not require this redistributable package.

Installing the Plug-in

1. Download and install Microsoft VC++ Runtime redistributable package.

2. Copy MissingFontsLoader folder to the Adobe InDesign plug-ins folder:

c:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CS5\Plug-Ins\MissingFontsLoader\(MissingFontsLoader Resources)

c:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CS5\Plug-Ins\MissingFontsLoader\MissingFontsLoader.pln

(to the Plug-Ins subfolder of the folder, where Adobe InDesign CS5 is installed on your computer.)

4. Restart Adobe InDesign.

Using the Missing Fonts Loader Plug-in

This plug-in has an activation option: automatic (recommended) or manual.

Automatic Activation

The Missing Fonts Loader Plug-in loads missing fonts automatically when you open an Adobe InDesign document.

The plug-in searches for fonts in font groups defined in FontExpert. If a missing font is not found in the FontExpert Library, it will not be activated, and the font will be marked by InDesign as a missing font (for the current document).

In the picture below, the Missing Fonts Loader window shows an empty list of missing fonts for the current document, because all fonts were activated automatically:

When InDesign opens the document, it may still mark fonts as missing, even though they were actually activated by the plug-in during the opening of the document. In this case, you may be required to reopen document to let InDesign know that all missing fonts are now activated.

The font information xml file helps solve this problem. It is recommended to select the Use font information xml files option. Every time you save the .indd document, the Missing Fonts Loader plug-in will create a small xml file. This xml file will include the list of fonts used in the corresponding .indd document. When this xml file is present, the plugin can activate fonts just before the InDesign actually opens the document and searches it for missing fonts.  (You will find the xml file near the Adobe InDesign .indd document on your computer.)

Manual Activation

When the Activate Missing Fonts Automatically checkbox is cleared, the plug-in does not activate missing fonts when you open the document. You can open the plug-in window and activate fonts manually.

TheMissing Fonts Loader window shows the list of missing fonts in current document:

Click the Activate All button to activate missing fonts.

Important Note

Unfortunately, when missing fonts are activated manually, you are usually required to close the InDesign document and open it again to let the document "know" that new fonts became available. This is the disadvantage of manual activation.