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Old typeface design software
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Hello!

I came across with some letters that were draw in some old typeface design software.
Does anyone here recognize this software and how it did work?

I need to understand what it means the open squares. Does this mean that the shape is half of the design? End? Other?

Thank you in advance.
António

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What is your source for that image?

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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I'm guessing they're gray pixels.

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Well... its a detail of a letter "a" made from a digitalization of a roll of paper with almost all alphabet printed...
Does not say which software is. That is what I'm trying to discover in order to interpret the shape of the letter...
Here is another image of the "full frame"

António

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António — I think that may be an Autologic raster grid (ca. 1970s?). I believe the CRT photo-imaging process was strictly binary, so I don’t know what the open squares could have meant.

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Thank you Kent!

I also find out 2 more things:
1- the print is from middle 80's
2- this maybe was converted to Lasercomp format fonts (?) by Monotype

Can't find any info on this Lasercomp format fonts...

António

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Maybe the "holed" dots are a way to tell a machine-reader that it's the end.

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Hmm...the Autologic raster grid starts to make some sense... apparently the typeface was drawn at Lausanne (Swiss), on Autologic, Inc.
From my knowledge this company is already closed, but anyone here can point some more info about it or the software?
Thanks all for the help...

António

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Robert Slimbach and Bram de Does have both been involved with Autologic, so I would ask them. Another person who know gobs about this sort of thing is Peter Karow.

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hrant
Thanks for the info. Not sure where to get a contact but will try it!

António

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For Slimbach the people who can hook you up (who mix it up online) include David Lemon, Paul Hunt and Miguel Sousa. For De Does you could go though TEFF* (possibly via Peter Matthias Noordzij). For Karow, I might try Linotype.

* http://www.teff.nl

hhp