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  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Free Fonts, Free Drinks

Typographic connections


Fonts can be addictive. There can always be an imagined need for one more curly Q.

Here is a collection of possible links.

Luc Devroye joined the School of Computer Science at McGill University in 1977 as a young "snotnose."


" Please do not visit this disappointing web site. Most of the links are dead: they die faster than I can renew them, and there is nothing I can do about it short of giving up my daytime job and divorcing my family, and I love both of them too much for that.

Many link descriptions are boozy and fuzzy. Some opinions are simply pathetic, but I do not want to leave this world without making a fool of myself. To make up for the awful service, I am inviting any type lover visiting Montreal to my house for drinks."


Type Design, Typography, Typefaces and Fonts




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  Wednesday, May 06, 2009 – Permalink –

Who was that font I saw you with last night?

That was no font, that was my typeface


You can find the Fonts supplied with some Microsoft products
Select a product name from the list to get a list of fonts supplied with that product.

Microsoft's Typography is an interesting site to poke around in.

Here are some books I use for reference material:

Words into Type

by Marjorie E. Skillin, Robert Malcolm Gay ISBN 0139642625


Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works


by Erik Spiekermann, E.M Ginger ISBN 0201703394


The Elements of Typographic Style

by Robert Bringhurst ISBN 0881791326

A font can be defined as a collection of characters with the same style and size. A typeface is the design of the characters regardless of size or style. The terms are used interchangeably today.




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  Sunday, February 08, 2009 – Permalink –

Zapf Your Own Dingbat

Private Character Editor


Windows XP/Vista has its own, hidden, character creator, called the Private Character Creator .


Using Private Character Editor (PCE), you can create up to 6,400 unique characters (such as special letters and logos) for use in your font library. PCE contains basic tools for creating and editing characters, along with more advanced options.

If you want to create a new private character using an existing character as your model, you can copy the existing character to the Edit grid and then modify it to suit your needs, or you can display the existing character in a Reference window alongside your Edit grid for use as a visual reference. You can use any character from any font that is installed on your computer.



The Private Character Editor is accessed at Start>Run and enter "Eudcedit" without the quotes.

After you have constructed and saved the design of your choosing, you can access it from the Character Map by selecting Start>Run "Charmap".

Drop the Font selection list down and choose All Fonts (Private Characters), then click on the character you have created, copying and pasting it into any document.

Hermann Zapf designed some of the 20th century's most important fonts, including Palatino and Optima. He also produced a collection of decorative symbols called "dingbats", modeled after the accidental lead drippings collected by old style typesetters.

Also:
Private Character Editor — Eudcedit
By Vic Laurie

Keyboard Utilities for Windows
Alan Woods




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  Thursday, September 25, 2008 – Permalink –

Free Fonts

More choices


Windows NT + no longer has a maximum number of fonts that can be installed. (Windows Me and before was limited to about 1000 or 64 KB.) The problem is that your machine will slow down if you go overboard. It's better to install the most used typefaces, and then move the fonts into and out of the C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\WINNT\Fonts folder.

Here's one site that provides over 5,000 fonts. You can enter a short piece of text to see what it will look like:

"The fonts presented on this website are their authors' property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain, most of the time for non-commercial use. Look at the readme-files in the archives or check the indicated authors' website for details, and contact him if in doubt."


Dafont.com

6-17-2005 - Bill Reid comments:
"One little known fact about Windows' font handling. You don't necessarily have to move fonts into the Fonts directory to make them usable. If you store extra fonts in another directory, you can double click it, bringing up a dialog that demonstrates the font's usage. If you open your application at this point, it will recognize the font as being installed."


Bill Reid comments:

"One little known fact about Windows' font handling. You don't necessarily have to move fonts into the Fonts directory to make them usable. If you store extra fonts in another directory, you can double click it, bringing up a dialog that demonstrates the font's usage. If you open your application at this point, it will recognize the font as being installed."





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  Monday, June 23, 2008 – Permalink –

Font Yourself

Make your own




FontStruct
"FontStruct is a free font-building tool brought to you by the world's leading retailer of digital type, FontShop.

FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks.

You create 'FontStructions' using the 'FontStructor' font editor.

Once you're done building, FontStruct generates high-quality TrueType fonts, ready to use in any Mac or Windows application.

You can keep your creations to yourself, but we encourage users to share their "FontStructions". Explore the Gallery of fonts made by other FontStruct users and download them or even copy them and make your own variations.

You can also use the FontStruct widget to show your FontStructions on your own website or blog."




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  Wednesday, June 11, 2008 – Permalink –

All Fonts

List maker



Here is a macro that will produce a list of all of the installed fonts.


  1. Open Word.
  2. Use Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic editor.
  3. Choose Insert>Module from the Menu.
  4. Copy and Paste this code in the module.
  5. Return to Word and go to: Tools>Macro>Macros.

  6. Select and run "InstalledFonts".


Sub InstalledFonts()

Dim F As Integer
Dim InstalledFonts As Table

'Open a fresh document

Set FreshDoc = Documents.Add

'Create a table and define the header

Set InstalledFonts = FreshDoc.Tables.Add(Selection.Range, FontNames.Count + 1, 2)
With InstalledFonts
.Borders.Enable = False
.Cell(1, 1).Range.Font.Name = "Arial"
.Cell(1, 1).Range.Font.Bold = 1
.Cell(1, 1).Range.InsertAfter "Font Name"
.Cell(1, 2).Range.Font.Bold = 1
.Cell(1, 2).Range.InsertAfter "Example"
End With

'Loop through all the fonts and add them to the table

For F = 1 To FontNames.Count
With InstalledFonts
.Cell(F + 1, 1).Range.Font.Name = "Arial"
.Cell(F + 1, 1).Range.Font.Size = 10
.Cell(F + 1, 1).Range.InsertAfter FontNames(F)
.Cell(F + 1, 2).Range.Font.Name = FontNames(F)
.Cell(F + 1, 2).Range.Font.Size = 10
.Cell(F + 1, 2).Range.InsertAfter "ABCDEFG abcdefg 1234567890 &$@"
End With
Next F
'Sort the names of the fonts

InstalledFonts.Sort SortOrder:=wdSortOrderAscending

End Sub


Also see a more sophisticated macro using Excel from Erlandsen Data Consulting:
Display all installed fonts (Excel)




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  Thursday, July 12, 2007 – Permalink –

Free Commercial Fonts

Good for non-commercial purposes



"Here you'll find one of the most unique archives out there for free fonts. We not only scoured the corners of the earth in search of famous fonts, but also helped create them! Explore around and download to your heart's delight! We have a vast selection from Willy Wonka to Honda to Pizza Hut. All fonts are free to download for any non-commercial purpose. Enjoy the fonts!"


SharkShock.com



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  Sunday, June 03, 2007 – Permalink –

Slashed Zero

Oh!

ø

There is a discussion of the slashed zero at:
How to Insert a Slashed Zero (0 Overlaid with a /) - 211315

You can also download the Monaco font that has a slashed ø
(Monaco is an embeddable font)

Andale.ttf (Mono) has a dotted 0

Seagullscientific.com has a font called Crystal

Windows has a free font editor. Type eudcedit on the Start>Run line.
Vic Laurie has a description of the Private Character Editor- Eudcedit

You could also use the EQ field to create a strike through and assign it to an AutoCorrect entry.

{EQ \o (0,/)}

The easiest is, probably Alt+0216 or Alt+0248 It's a Latin "oh" with stroke, but it looks close.

The HTML character code is &oslash; ø


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  Thursday, April 19, 2007 – Permalink –

Make Your Own Fonts

No molten lead required


Not satisfied with the billions of available typefaces for free or pay? Do it yourself.


Okay. Fine. I'll let the secret out. This tutorial explains my personal font-making technique. It may not be the academically approved typographic design process, but it works for me, and it can be done on any Mac or PC with the proper software installed. You've been working with the alphabet since you were a small child. Now you can make a font of your own.


How to Make Your Own Fonts




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  Tuesday, April 10, 2007 – Permalink –

Vista Fonts

Free fonts for Win XP


There are some good fonts that come with Vista. If you're still running XP or 2000. You can get the typefaces for free when you install the PowerPoint 2007 viewer.

Download the free Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Viewer or the Microsoft Office Compatibility pack- both the software include the new Windows Vista fonts.

The Vista Fonts available for use on your Windows XP system are Candara, Consolas, Calibri, Cambria, Constantia and Corbel.



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  Tuesday, April 03, 2007 – Permalink –

Face new Fonts

The free type


UrbanFonts offers over 8,000 free typefaces and dingbats.



The winner is the person who dies with the most ampersands.

UrbanFonts.com



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  Wednesday, January 24, 2007 – Permalink –

Font Properties Plus

Everything you need to know


To embed a font in a document or slide show so it can be displayed on any other machine, the font must support that action. The standard Windows properties statement does not show all the needed information.

The bottom of this illustration shows the standard information shown when you right-click a font file, and choose properties. The two views at the top are what appear when the Microsoft Font properties extension is installed.



Font Properties

If you right click on a font file in Windows its basic properties are displayed. The Font properties extension adds several new property tabs to this properties dialog box. These include information relating to font origination and copyright, the type sizes to which hinting and smoothing are applied, and the code pages supported by extended character sets.

It also will tell you if the font can be embeddedand/or edited in a document.




Protected

The font may not be embedded, copied, or modified. If you use a protected font in a document and if the document is opened on a computer that does not have the font installed on it, a font substitution occurs. Word substitutes the closest font available on the computer for the missing protected font.

Print/Preview

The font is embedded and temporarily loaded on the target computer. Documents that contain print/preview fonts must be opened read-only, and no edits are stored in the document. Embedding a font of this nature has the least impact on file size increase.

Editable

The font behaves just like the print/preview fonts, except that you may also apply the font to other text in the same document.

Installable

The font is installed on the target computer permanently when you open the document. This allows you to use the new fonts as if you installed the fonts directly into Windows yourself. This type of embedded font has the greatest impact on file size because the entire font or fonts are included with the document.



Versionand Features tabs
The Version tab includes version and date information. The Features tab describes the font in terms of number of glyphs, number of kerning pairs, the possible existence of a euro symbol and the presence of embedded bitmaps within the font.

Linkstab
If a font doesn't include a Web site URL, but does include a 'vendor ID code' a link will be provided to Microsoft's font vendor database.

The latest version is 2.3 as of December, 2006.
Font properties extension, version 2.3





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