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Jens Troeger's picture
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Most authentic Palatino digitization?
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This question is a bit of a continuation of this thread. In short, I am looking for a digitization of the Palatino typeface that is close to the original design.

Looking at this article, "The original Palatino," I do like its liveliness and warmth. It seems to have been captured best by Berthold's digitization (see this PDF which has the font somewhat incomplete embedded) but that digitization is no longer available. There is the Linotype version, and the TeX Gyre Pagella version, and URW Palladio. Which else? And which is closest to Zapf’s original?

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Probably Zapf’s reworked Palatino Nova.

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Oh wow that Berthold one is beautiful! Look at those numerals!

Palatino Nova may very well be the least authentic digitization, if you're looking for something that closely resembles the metal type.

Has anyone digitized Palatino with the "European" (serifless) descender variants?

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The Palatino Nova seems as clean and unlively as their other Palatino. It just doesn't seem to have the attention to detail that Berthold's has.

It makes me wonder: could one take Berthold's digitization and continue working on it? Legally, I mean?

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There's an interesting write-up of the history and different digitizations of Palatino here, but curiously it doesn't mention Berthold's version.

It does, however, point at Bitstream's version of Palatino, Zapf Calligraphic.

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IMO the Berthold version suffers from the Günther Gerhard Lange treatment, which is a somewhat exuberant over-emphasis of distinctive features. Viz a lot of other BE typefaces.