New release FF52: A new era for web design

February 24th, 2010

Typographic diversity – A new era for web design

BERLIN, GERMANY, February 2010

A more diverse and beautiful web is about to unfold. The latest release of the FontFont® typeface library marks the beginning of a new era for typography – FSI FontShop® International is introducing the first ever stand-alone FontFonts for the web. Finally web designers can use professional typefaces for their projects without relying on system fonts or webfont services. This long-awaited step enables a more seamless and effective transition from print design to the web. More than 30 of the most successful FontFont families are available now as Web FontFonts, including FF DIN®, FF Meta®, FF Dax®, and FF Kievit®. More will follow soon.

First Web FontFonts

Web FontFonts come in two formats, delivered with every purchase: EOT Lite and WOFF as the most common web browsers Microsoft® Internet Explorer and Mozilla® Firefox® are currently supporting them. FSI expects other browsers to join in implementing WOFF soon. A User Guide accompanies the fonts with helpful information for web developers and system administrators. HTML test pages for each of the downloaded fonts are also included.

Web FontFonts are available as reasonably priced full families, Basic Sets consisting of Regular, Bold, Italic, and Bold Italic (if existing in the family), and individual styles. Just like the also new Office FontFonts, they have tabular lining figures as their default figure set. Small caps with proportional oldstyle figures are also available, but as separate fonts. The language support is the same as for OpenType® (CFF/PostScript) and Office FontFonts (TTF), i.e. Standard (Western) and Pro (Western plus additional language support).

FSI’s webfonts are licensed not by domain or bandwidth, but by the average monthly pageviews for all websites managed by the licensing organization. There are three simple licence levels: up to 500,000; up to 5 million; and up to 50 million pageviews per month. Enterprise licensing beyond that level is negotiable on a case-by-case basis.

Since webfonts will be used on screens, they are especially optimized for this purpose. Following the most current standards, they are optimized for the use with ClearType® that is available from Windows XP® and the standard way of type smoothing since Windows Vista®. For more details about licensing and technical issues please see the Web FontFont EULA and the Web FontFont User Guide. A free downloadable font is available for a limited time.

Web FontFonts are available through FontShop International and its distributors (e.g. FontShop). For more information please see FontShop.com or the formats section.

FontFont language extensions and OpenType versions

Latest Office FontFont additions

Both the press release (Word, 35KB) and the Press Kit (ZIP, 1785KB) are available for download.