15-AUG-2016 FOLLOW-UP: THIS NO LONGER WORKS.
It looks like the steps below won't work anymore.
The steps involve going to "www.google.com/fonts" rather than "fonts.google.com." However, that first URL now simply forwards you to the second URL.
I'll leave the steps below intact, in case they are helpful in some other way.
Wow! Okay, I think you found a tricky path to the correct branch off the old fonts page, but it seems to work. It looks to me like these are the steps to take:
How to download a Google font, without using SkyFonts:
- Use the old Google Fonts page: http://www.google.com/fonts/
It will offer you a link which you have to ignore:
The link says: "A new version of Google Fonts is available. Take me there."
And the link takes you to https://fonts.google.com/
Don't click the link.
Search for a font.
(staying on the old version of the font site) Click "Add to Collection":
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Don't click the "Quick Use" button at this point, or you won't be offered a chance to download the zip. You will instead end up getting a popup message that says "You do not need to download the font..." that looks like this:
(Note: That version of the popup does not let you download a zip file.)
Having added the font to your collection, you can click either the Review or Use buttons at the bottom of the screen:
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Whichever button you clicked, it will take you to a page where you can find an Arrow button that means Download. It'll be there, somewhere toward the top right. When you click the arrow, you will still get a popup that says "You do not need to download the font..."
However, you'll now see 3 choices rather than 2, the first choice being an option to download the zip file.
- What to do after downloading the zip? My experience is that I then:
- move the font into the C:\Windows\Fonts folder,
- double-click it, then
- choose Install.
When I skipped the "choose Install" step, the font DIDN'T show up, in either Microsoft Word or Axure.
When I performed the "choose Install" step, the font DID show up, in both Microsoft Word and Axure.
I'm going to try a few more tests, with double-clicking fonts that aren't yet in the C:\Windows\Fonts folder, and with moving fonts originally obtained thru SkyFonts to the C:\Windows\Fonts folder. I don't know if I should first copy the font, "uninstall" it, etc.
So far, this is my working hypothesis:
Windows can consider a font "installed" even if it is not in the C:\Windows\Fonts folder.
Axure, however, will not. Axure needs the font to both be "installed" and be in the C:\Windows\Fonts folder.