News: Tagged as Announcements

Pictures, award winners and the delights of OpenType

In our quest to make our website as functional and easy to use as possible, we have added three brand new features.

In-use gallery

First up, is our gallery of FontFonts in-use. Now when you browse through our typefaces, you can browse a picture of each font in-use. Just click on the ‘camera’ icon on the browse page and the pictures of our type in-use examples will be displayed.

In Use Gallery

You can also view an in-use gallery of each indivdiual FontFont family. So whether you’re searching for all in-use pictures of the FF Unit family, looking for an example of what FF Meta looks like when used on the Mozilla website, trying to find out what FF Fontesque looks like on a bookcover, or if you’re simply after another way of browsing through our library, our in-use gallery offers you a real visual treat.

Discover the delights of OpenType

Through the advanced typographical control of the OpenType format you can bring your text to life with fantastic features such as small caps, tabular figures, swashes and oldstyle figures. Yet it’s often said that the true features and fantastic functions of OpenType can be hidden away, often undiscovered. We hope to change that with our second new feature which helps you to see how the OpenType layout features, that are included in each FontFont, appear. For example, when you click on the OpenType features of FF Scala Regular you can now see all the different features that the font contains and how they will appear in FF Scala. FF Scala

Want to find out more about OpenType and its layout features? Check out our OpenType User Guide (247KB).

Award-winning FontFonts

Our FontFont Library is home to numerous award-winning typeface designs and now you can easily see which of our FontFonts have won prizes. Just look out for the little trophy icon next to the font on the browse page. You can also read all about the typefaces which have been awarded accolades and prizes on our news section under Awards

Award-winning FontFonts

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FontFont Sponsors TDC’s Type Masters Week Evening Lectures

We are proud to announce that we will be co-sponsoring TDC’s Type Masters Week Evening Lectures with our friends over at FontShop.

TDCThe Type Directors Club was founded in 1946 by leading figures in the world of typography. Its mission is to support and promote excellence in typography. They provide educational and informative events throughout the year and run two annual competitions, one for typeface design and one for the use of letterform and type in design.

The evening lectures during this year's Type Masters Week will feature Gail AndersonChange is Good??? (31 May), UnderwareKeep Dreaming (4 June) and David BerlowThe Future of Fonts Formats (5 June). You can now register online to attend. 

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New features and functionality: Bestsellers, Random and more

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working hard to update our website and improve its functionality. From full-text searches to an improved checkout, from tooltips to bestsellers, we’ve added a whole host of new features:

FontFont Bestsellers

Want to know what the favorite FontFonts are for this month? Our bestsellers list now appears on our homepage and you can find out further information about each font on the dedicated bestseller page.

Surprise Me!

Have you tried shuffling through our fonts yet? With our Random function (check out the shuffle button at the top of our site) you can now randomize your search, find hidden gems, seek out some inspiration or simply have a play.

Finding FontFonts

Tooltips

Not sure which format you need or what our different library tiers mean? Having trouble working out what the different options are? Finding FontFonts just got easier with our tooltips on each of the filter buttons. We’ve also improved our search functionality by adding a full text search, so if you’re looking for FF Tundra you can now search the whole of our site including news, awards and announcements.

Check it out!

From browse to buy in just a few clicks, now our online checkout process is even easier. We’ve simplified the process, so in just a matter of clicks you can pick and choose the fonts you want to buy and download them straight away. 

Let us know what you think

We're continually looking at ways to improve our website, so if you have any suggestions feel free to send them our way!

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FontShop International sponsors Typotag and Webfontday 2011

FontShop International is happy to announce that we are sponsoring a couple of important type events that will take place in Munich in two weeks time.

Typotag 2011 will be held on November 18th, focusing on two different themes: “Typolyglott & Multitask” and “Picture and Character”.

Webfontday

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Now more interactive

It is now possible with the new “Comment” feature to express your opinion on articles in our News section. Just sign in to your FontFont.com account,  go to a news article and click on the “Comment” button. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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Mobile FontFonts released

FontShop International is once again leading the way in typographic technology and releasing Mobile FontFonts tailored specifically for use in iOS apps. Available at MobileFontFonts.com, the files are optimized to make the design process for making beautiful iOS applications as seamless as possible. Mobile FontFonts are optimized for screen and licensed for use on mobile devices. When designing a native app for a mobile device, like iPhone, Mobile FontFonts allow the designer to specify fonts outside the options that come preinstalled. Mobile FontFonts are presently supported in iOS only.

Mobile FontFonts on an Apple iPhone4s

Introducing Mobile FontFonts

Just like webfonts, mobile fonts protect brands and help set apps apart from the crowd. Optimized by hand for the device screen, Mobile FontFonts enhance the user experience. Mobile FontFonts let designers and developers break from the mold of system fonts and give their products some personality. With language support included, Mobile FontFonts allow for consistent, subtle branding to a global audience. 56 mobile fonts from 15 popular families are available in 14 packs with 4 fonts each.

Simple Licensing

Licensing for Mobile FontFonts serves the needs of the iOS developer. A team of up to five developers can share one license for their app portfolio. There's no time limit on the license, nor royalty requirements.

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FontFonter Bookmarklet now available

FontFonter.com is an innovative web tool by FontFont that lets you temporarily replace a site’s fonts with Web FontFonts. With the new FontFonter Bookmarklet you can try Web FontFonts on any website! Installing it is easy: simply drag the bookmarklet on FontFonter.com to your bookmarks toolbar.

Here are the latest Web FontFonts to be added to FontFonter.com:

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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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