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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.
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.
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
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.
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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.read more