News: Announcements

The all-new FontBook has arrived

FSI FontShop International – home of the FontShop network and the FontFont library – is thrilled to announce their new FontBook™ iPad app, the world’s most comprehensive typographic reference tool!

FF Sero at the FontBook
FF Sero at the FontBook app

Moving the book into the online realm allows us to increase the number of font samples from 32,000 to an astonishing 620,000, while reducing the weight of the “book” by 80%. Use the FontBook app to look up and view fonts by typeface name, type classification, designer name, foundry name, year of publication, or by similarity of design. Now typophiles can browse and compare typefaces on-the-go, at the swipe of a finger.

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Web FontFont updates

Comp Fonts now included in Web FontFonts

Once again FontFont is leading the charge in webfont technology and making the lives of designers much easier! It’s now even simpler to integrate great typefaces like FF Meta Web, FF DIN Web, or the new FF Sero Web in all phases of website creation. We know that during the design process it may be necessary to create page layouts of the proposed design using applications that don’t support WOFF/EOT fonts (e.g. Adobe Photoshop or InDesign). Therefore, Web FontFont archives now contain corresponding TrueType-flavored OpenType fonts for the offline design phase. As reflected in the amended EULA, these Comp fonts may only be used for this specific purpose.

1.300+ Web FontFonts are already available. Browse them here.

Comp fonts can be used with Adobe Photoshop for example
Comp fonts can be used with desktop publishing apps like Adobe Photoshop

Safari 5.1 Gets Support for WOFF

Not only can we celebrate the launch of our Comp fonts, but we can also cheer the current release of WOFF-supporting Safari 5.1. Safari is the latest major browser, joining Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Opera to support the common webfont format WOFF, giving Web FontFonts a browser compatibility rate of more than 95% (according to NetMarketShare), without relying on any third party service!

Improved Web FontFonts

Additionally, Web FontFonts have been improved to ensure that you end up with a smaller file size (up tp 60%), additional optimization for new versions of Microsoft Windows and improved vertical metrics for consistent baseline positions in all browsers. Most Web FontFont files even allow you to choose between proportional oldstyle figures and tabular lining figures using Subsetter. If you’ve already purchased Web FontFonts and would like to enjoy these enhancements, then please login to your account and download the upgraded files at no additional cost. If you haven’t purchased any of our webfonts yet, just try one of the fonts which are available for free for a limited time from our Goodies page.

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FF Subsetter launched

FontShop International launches FF Subsetter, a tool for optimizing and customizing Web FontFonts in three easy steps. The free service — found at www.subsetter.com — lets users significantly reduce file sizes to reduce bandwidth costs and make their websites faster.

FontFont Subsetter
Screenshot FontFont Subsetter user interface

18 months ago we released Web FontFonts, becoming the first major foundry to offer fonts in WOFF, the format which has now become the webfont standard, supported by all major browsers. We started with a simple pay-once licensing model and optimized every font for the best possible display across platforms. This month, to celebrate the news of broad WOFF support (with the upcoming version of Safari), our Type Department further improved the files, making them up to 60% smaller with additional optimization for new versions of Windows and improved vertical metrics for consistent baseline positions in all browsers. Upgraded files will be available starting July 20 at no additional cost.

But that wasn’t enough for our Marketing Director Ivo Gabrowitsch. “Users should have more control over their fonts. One of the reasons our customers rely on FontFonts is because of their comprehensive character sets, but in the web environment cutting back on file size can be important, especially when speed matters. That’s why we built the Subsetter,” said Gabrowitsch.

FontFont Subsetter
Subsetter allows you to strip out extraneous glyphs and data that you may not need, like unused language characters, punctuation marks, and kerning information.

Smaller files mean faster websites and a better user experience. Dropping inessential characters from a webfont can make a big difference in the long term. It also gives designers the opportunity to use more font styles with less of an impact on speed and bandwidth.

Smaller files are less expensive too. As a website becomes more popular they cost more to host and maintain. Every bit of saved bandwidth saves money.

FF Subsetter optimizes and tailors fonts to each unique website in three steps:

  • Upload a Web FontFont.
  • Strip out glyphs and data that may not be needed for a particular site, like unused language characters, punctuation marks, and kerning.
  • Download your optimized font file.

File sizes can be reduced up to 90% and the new fonts are instantly usable on the web, just like the originals.

The tool is simple to use, thanks to the work of our very own Clemens Carlstedt and Christoph Koeberlin. “I’m excited about the idea of customizing your font according to your personal needs. You don’t need to be an expert to use it, but if you are, you’ll discover great possibilities,” said Koeberlin, who adds this tip: “Even if you don’t want to modify the font, FF Subsetter’s glyph table is very handy to see what’s contained in your Web FontFont.”

FontFont Subsetter glyph table
FontFont Subsetter glyph table

FF Subsetter is a free tool for any licensed Web FontFont user.
Find it at www.subsetter.com, try it with the free FF Nuvo Web Medium.

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Really simple FontFont.com syndication

We’ve not only added more color and are featuring more FontFonts on our home page, but we’ve also added a new RSS feed you should definitely subscribe to if you are into both our library and typography in general. Just import this URL into your feed reader and stay informed about the latest FontFont related news.

Don’t miss a thing by following us on Twitter.

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Brand-new website

FontShop International re-launched FontFont.com, the online home for the largest library of contemporary type designs. Read more about it in the News.

The new FontFont.com is a complete reconstruction of the digital foundry’s website. Everything is new and enhanced, from the visual design and navigation to the search functionality and shopping experience. But the most radical improvement is in the presentation of the fonts themselves.

Ivo Gabrowitsch, Project Lead and FSI Marketing Director, said,

“At the start of the project we wrote down three goals: easy-to-use, clean, and fast. After ten months of intensive work, this is exactly what the new FontFont.com is about. That and big, gorgeous typefaces, of course.”

Focus on the fonts

Indeed, the typefaces are now the clear focus of the website. Product information, formats, and other secondary details don’t appear until they are useful in the user’s selection process.

This new approach is most obvious at the heart of FontFont.com, the Browse section, where extra large typeface samples appear without superfluous information and distractions. A unique grid layout allows for easy comparison, regardless of browser window size. Users can filter typefaces by Style (such as Blackletter, Script, Serif, Sans, etc.) or Intended Use (such as Advertising, Editorial & Publishing, Wayfinding, etc.) and sort alphabetically, chronologically, or by characteristics like family size and language support. The sample size and text can be customized as well. There is even a white-on-black option for previewing fonts in a reversed setting.

Screenshot Browse section
A unique grid layout allows for easy comparison in the Browse section

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