When I asked a few columns back about your interest in Unicode, a lot of hands shot up. But just as many of you said you wanted to know how to get at characters that have been hiding in your fonts since long before Unicode was dreamt up. Unicode may be the key to understanding and using fonts with very large character sets, but on a daily basis most of us use smaller -- and often much older -- fonts that present mysteries of their own.
Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today released a significant update to its server-based font management solution, Universal Type Server (version 2.1). This product update includes:
* Deeper font compliance management: administrator can see who added which font to which workgroup and reverse those actions.
* Active Directory flexibility: administrator can now exclude individual users from distribution group mappings
* Enhanced user management allows easier batch application of settings and refined filtering of users
Mr Eaves is the often requested and finally finished sans-serif companion to Mrs Eaves, one of Emigre's classic typeface designs. Created by Zuzana Licko, this latest addition to the Emigre Type Library expands the versatility of the original Mrs Eaves with two complimentary families: Mr Eaves Sans and Mr Eaves Modern.
Your Handwriting as a Font
Back in the 1990s, design-related magazines carried ads for mail-order services that converted your handwriting into a font. You had to wait to receive a template on which you'd draw each character or glyph of the font, and then you had to wait for your TrueType font to arrive on a 3.5-inch floppy. Now there’s a free online service that converts your handwriting into a font in as little as five minutes.
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Q. What is the difference between Times Roman and Times New Roman, and why are both listed in my font menu? Is Times Roman the “Old” version? Please explain!
Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., a leading global provider of text imaging solutions, has released the 20-font Ysobel Pro typeface suite. All Ysobel fonts can be viewed, purchased and downloaded from the company’s e-commerce sites: www.fonts.com, www.linotype.com, www.itcfonts.com and www.faces.co.uk.
The old saw that "it's the little things that count" was surely coined by a typographer, and few things are littler than kerning adjustments. Consider this: A 1/100 em kerning adjustment applied in 24-point type results in a movement equal to the width of a human hair.
Spooky is a new font from designer Ted Staunton and is part of the Sherwood Type Collection. This chilling font is evocative of the type used in horror films and posters. It's creepy, it's kooky... it's spooky! Perfect for invitations, banners or other ghastly uses.