mac

Hi,
I'm not a type designer but I like reading and writing on my laptop and, as a consequence, I like good typography on screen. I need to buy a new laptop and I'm thinking about the brand new MacBook Pro 13" Retina.

As you know, this computer has an effective workspace of 1280x800, smaller than MacBook Air's 1440x900, but it is possible to set display preferences to get a larger workspace: 1440x900 or 1680x1050 (so-called scaled resolutions).

What happens, in your experience, when the resolution is set at a value other than ideal/retina? Do scaled resolutions impact on font/image sharpness, cpu performance, battery life, etc.? I love the retina display, but a 1280x800 workspace is just too small for my needs, so I plan to use the laptop always at 1440x900.

Thank you
Manosk

Hi,
I'm not a type designer but I like reading and writing on my laptop and, as a consequence, I like good typography on screen. I need to buy a new laptop and I'm thinking about the brand new MacBook Pro 13" Retina.

As you know, this computer has an effective workspace of 1280x800, smaller than MacBook Air's 1440x900, but it is possible to set display preferences to get a larger workspace: 1440x900 or 1680x1050 (so-called scaled resolutions).

What happens, in your experience, when the resolution is set at a value other than ideal/retina? Do scaled resolutions impact on font/image sharpness, cpu performance, battery life, etc.? I love the retina display, but a 1280x800 workspace is just too small for my needs, so I plan to use the laptop always at 1440x900.

Thank you
Manosk

When saving a family font s OTF or TTF in Fontlab Studio5 they work fine in all my MAC applications, but the same family does not fully show on the PC.
Some of the fonts are showing on the PC even though they've been uploaded, and it shows some of the other members of the family.

Is there any setting that I should change on Fontlab so they are compatible across both platforms?

Hi everyone,

I'm having some issues with a truetype web font conversion on FontSquirrel. The resulting truetype hints look as good as they can on Windows, but at 13 pt and 18pt only, the overshoots on rounded glyphs render strangely. I haven't found a solution for this yet, but I'm hoping someone might be able to help me get to the bottom of this.

Is it possible that the truetype hinting instructions are affecting rendering on OSX? I've read that hints are mostly ignored by this operating system in favor of something more built in, so I'm a little confused.

Are there certain tests I should run, or is there more information that would be helpful in understanding the issue?

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Hello!

I am trying to generate my new font I have created, but am having serious trouble with the kerning. I have tried a plethora of different options, but nothing seems to be working. Basically, I export my font, but the kerning rarely shows up in applications. I know there is a kerning table, though, because the font works correctly in TextEdit (mac).

I am using Fontlab Studio. When I try the font in Photoshop and Microsoft Word, it does not kern. Are there any ideas as to why this would be? Thank you very much in advanced.

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Arrows

Hi, Typophilers,

I use mac and word 2011. Sometimes I place directional arrows into word documents to indicate direction or flow and was wondering. In the fonts I am using, I can see that they have encodings for the following:

U+2190 arrowleft
U+2191 arrowup
U+2192 arrowright
U+2193 arrowdown
U+2196 arrowupleft
U+2197 arrowupright
U+2198 arrowdownright and
U+2199 arrowdownleft

I'd like to have a little help on the following problem, thanks a lot!

1.) After exporting as OpenType Ps from Fontlab 5.1.2 (mac), my font looks/works great in Indesign and Illutrator. No problem. All kerning info is okay. But on the same computer (mac osx 10.6.8) in Word: no kerning info(!) AND the characters are cut-off on the upper part. (images below)

2.) On a Windows computer there's a similar problem:
(in Word) No kerning info and the characters are also cut-off. This time they're not cut off on the upper part but exactly on the Baseline.

I just got an iMac and wondered, why all the Indian-name typefaces? I assume they include Indian character glyphs, but why so many? Why are they seemingly the same? For example, the following look (nearly) identical (and these probably aren't even comprehensive because I stopped at "M"):

Set 1:

Malayalam
Bangla
Lao
Gurmukhi
Kannada
Myanmar

Set 2:

Bangala Sangram
Devanagari MT
Gjuarati Sangram
Inai Mathi
Lao Sangram
Myanmar Sangram
Malayalam Sangram

Just curious.

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Installing Fontforge

I've decided to battle through the fontforge installation process again, and I am hit my this error in the terminal:

Error: can't convert nil into String
Please report this bug:
https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew/wiki/reporting-bugs
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/extend/string.rb:18:in `gsub!'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/extend/string.rb:18:in `gsub!'
/usr/local/Library/Formula/fontforge.rb:47:in `install'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/utils.rb:235:in `inreplace'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/utils.rb:229:in `each'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/utils.rb:229:in `inreplace'
/usr/local/Library/Formula/fontforge.rb:46:in `install'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/build.rb:93:in `install'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/formula.rb:192:in `brew'

Hi,

Softonium Developments is proud to announce Find my Font v3.0 which is a major update to our font matching tool.

Find my Font Screenshot 2
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a. Major new feature: Both Local and Online matching supported
The most important feature introduced is the capability to find a font from an image not only by scanning the local fonts of your PC but to retrieve also font matches from an Online Font-Matching Database.

I've got some PostScript Type 1 outline fonts that I need to convert for use on a PC.
What tool is the best to use?

I have a problem regarding software and font recognition. I work at a small newspaper and we are in the midst of a redesign. This involves using new fonts, obviously. One we have chosen is Bodoni SvtyTwo ITC-TT. We use macs to design the paper each night. No problems there ... these are fonts that have been in our system for years. However, our plate-making software (called Asura) is a PC based software and we have been told by Asura that the Bodoni that we are using is a 'mac font.' I was always under the impression that fonts are fonts. How do we troubleshoot this as far as what kind of font we have in our system? Is there a certain file extension that would tell us exactly which font we have and what it is compatable with?

Hi,

I am transferring my Fonts from my Mac to my PC and there are some formats that can't be read on the PC. I am using a program called TransType (version 3) to change the font for use with Windows. I wanted to know what is the best format to change the font files to? The options I have are:

-Win Truetype/Opentype TT
-Win Type 1
-OpenType PS

I am not sure what to change the font to at the moment I'm using the Opentype PS setting, As I know Opentype is multi Platform. I would be primarily using these fonts with Adobe CS5 programs.

I use type a lot in my work but am quite naive to the formats and there pro and cons any help would be great.

A Prima/Vera derived fixed-pitch system font by Apple included in Mac OS X starting with Snow Leopard to replace Monaco.

Discussions:
Apple "Menlo" font...

I am in the early stages of developing a chromatic face that, by design, employs a lot of slight diagonals (1 to 5 degrees off the horizontal or vertical). The glyphs are made to look as if they were formed by folding strips of paper (I know, I know it's been done before). In addition to the pair of companion chromatic fonts within the family (each representing a different side of the strip of paper), I want to make a monotone version that somehow achieves the 2-sided effect without the use of multiple colors.

The solution I've arrived at to simulate that 2-sided effect is to, in the areas representing the back of the strip of paper, block or mask out strokes that run parallel with the strip. The problem I've encountered in testing the viability of this solution is that the edges of the strokes (set at the aforementioned slight diagonal angles), as well as the edges of some of the solid sections, appear quite "jaggy" when I test the PS OpenType font in Illustrator or InDesign.

I'm trying to optimize my font for small, set sizes on-screen (9pt, 11pt, 13pt) specifically for osx. i don't know very much about font-exporting and the rasterization process, but i'm told that i font-hinting doesn't work on osx because quartz doesn't listen to the hints. is there any other method of optimizing fonts for small sizes on macs? the only other solution i can think of is to make separate font files for each size… and that just seems downright sloppy.

sorry this is a bit of a novice question, but my usual solution of scouring the internet for an answer hasn't been pointing me in any helpful directions.

thanks in advance!

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Customizing QuickLook for fonts

I thought I'd point out a short article about how to customize QuickLook on Mac for font viewing. It is handy for those who need to see specific diacritics or glyphs not presented in the standard view. See here:

http://font.is/2010/07/customize-quicklook-for-fonts/

Take care.

It's not even been a year, and my overpriced Dell Studio 15 is making funny noises. I'm tired of flimsy plastic, cheap keys, and bizarre errors, and seriously considering buying a 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Does anyone own one and can share a bit about what they about the computer? Specifically, is anyone running Adobe CS5 apps on it? Can it handle them well?

Your input would be proverbially much appreciated.

Hello fellow typophiles,

I am having a problem embedding chinese fonts on PDF to print and view. This topic has been discussed before on http://typophile.com/node/59688, but I have hit another roadblock and would like to ask if anyone with the same problem found a solution.

I designed a magazine (260+ pages) on InDesign CS3 on a Mac running OS 10.4 in mandarin, using the native mac font STHeiti. When it was time to send the piece to the printers, I discovered that the font was blocked and could not be embedded on a PDF.

Does anyone know if this typeface, Government, which is used by the monument industry, is available in an OpenType or TrueType version? Maybe it has other names? Thanks.

Hello,

I'd like to install python 2.3 on my Mac OS X v10.5. But i cannot find any fitting version of it, am blind/stupid or it really doesn't exist?

I guess the python 2.3 version for v10.3 isn't the right one for me, right?
And only the MacPython 2.3 works with FontLab, right?

Could anybody help me, please!?

Thanks,
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I'm starting to get more and more fonts built up in my library. Believe it's time to outgrow Font Book and look for something more professional.

I'm on Snow Leopard (Mac) and the tools I use are Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4 and a lot of Fireworks CS4.

What I'm looking for specifically is a font management application that allows for auto activation for any program that I use on my system. For example, if I open up a project in Fireworks, or even Microsoft Word or Excel, and have used a font that is no longer activated as of right now that it will automatically activate the font for the time being just for that particular program.

Hi everyone!

I'm designing an Apple skin for the M3 Nintendo DS-card, and I need to know what font Apple uses for buttons in Mac OSX. I don't know whether it's the same font as used in title-bars etc. in Mac OSX, but I just need the one from the buttons ;).

In case someone's reading this thread and doesn't have a Mac, here's a screenshot: http://www.robinkanters.nl/macosx-buttons.png

Thanks in advance!
Robin Kanters

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