News: Tagged as FF Copa
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Which is why we’ve set up our own Github account where we will share tools from time to time to make your life easier.
The first thing we have to share with you is RoboChrome, an extension for the RoboFont editor, which enables font developers to add colour information to their UFO files and export it to the new colour font formats. A fantastic tool, we put it to good use when building our free FF Copa flag font that was released for the World Cup back in June.
Published under an Open Source licence, you can get your own copy of RoboChrome via our GitHub account: https://github.com/fontfont/RoboChrome
Just in time for the FIFA World Cup™ Brazil 2014 we are pleased to offer FF Copa, a free multi-colour font consisting of the flags for each of the companies in the tournament.
Until recently users could only colour font characters from the outside, via CSS, OpenType features (rasterized alternate characters), multi-layer fonts like many of the FontFonts (see What Can Layer FontFonts Do?). However, the likes of Google, Microsoft, Typopixo, Symbolset and the FontFont Type Department have been developing ways to make working with coloured fonts a whole lot easier.
It was over a decade ago at the “Information” themed TYPO 2002, that Jan Chipchase gave us a first insight into the colourful future of digital written messages when he presented several mobile phones with blinking displays. One of these phones, designed by the biggest Japanese mobile phone provider DoCoMo, used the mobile service i-Mode became increasingly popular among millions of Japanese people for its use of graphics. As a result of this rise to fame, i-Mode engineer Shigetaka Kurita who had developed the (partly animated) pictograms at the end of the 90s, received the title of the father of Emoji.
Coming back to today the FontFont Type Department developed the new flag font FF Copa as a technical demo for a crossplatform compatible solution. However as the much desired standard for multi-coloured fonts has not yet been established it is not currently viable to create a Twitter or Facebook message using the new typeface.
BUT emails and much more is possible!
FF Copa currently works on the Mac with all applications that use the system text engine, e. g. Word, TextEdit and Mail but does require email recipients to also have installed the free font in order to correctly receive the flag message.
With applications in which FF Copa works you can also create PDFs and images, perfect for creating tournament sweepstakes, game plans (on and offline) or merely printing the flags!
Programmes with their own text engine (e. g. Adobe CS) are currently unable to use FF Copa, the same also goes for many browsers, except Firefox (which can display the SVG glyphs of the webfont on all platforms) and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1.
The download archive of FF Copa consists of a webfont (.woff) and two TrueType fonts (.ttf standard and .ttf Mac-optimized), EULAs and a html file.permalink