Is there a display size/DPI/resolution sweet spot for font rendering on Windows? (Win7 at the moment.)
Intuition says higher resolution on a smaller display ought to deliver better rendering. But, doesn't scaling happen above some DPI threshold that results in diminished quality?
Realize Windows apps have more than one way to render fonts available to them. But, I can be a bit obsessive about this issue.
posted by justcorbly
on Sep 4, 2014 -
Looking for a typeface for a wellness/holistic medicine practice. I know that Papyrus font is a cliche, but it's an effective visual shorthand for this kind of business. Are there other fonts that are less overused, but would still convey or fit with that vibe of green, organic, holistic, natural? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten
on Aug 24, 2014 -
So, I'm using Raleway
. It has numbers that descend, though, like the 3, 4, 5, etc. But it also appears to have numbers that do not descend. Yay. How do I use them?
Bonus points: how do I make UIKit use them?
posted by jeffamaphone
on Jul 22, 2014 -
When I attempt to Edit Document Text using Acrobat X Pro on a page I often need to alter, all I get are squares in place of the letter/numbers I'm attempting to type. The original font on there is Verdana (screen shot here
) and this occurs on both my computers. I have Verdana in my font directory and I'm on Windows 7. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by gman
on Jun 12, 2014 -
I'm looking for a font that closely matches the writing at the bottom of this image
. Free, of course, would be best, but anything would help.
posted by Joseph Gurl
on May 13, 2014 -
Macbook Pro, running Mavericks. I was a bad, bad girl and installed way too many fonts (4000+) by accident. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl
on Mar 9, 2014 -
Is there a particular font that figuratively says "Italy" and business for a US person who will be reading about an investment in an Italian company? [more inside]
posted by otto42
on Nov 12, 2013 -
So the long and short of it is, I'm pretty sure that Meiryo UI is messed up or missing or something, and instead Office 2011 on my Mac has decided that it'd be totally cool to use Mart Futomaru Gothic instead for most Japanese text display, including all over Excel. Is there some way to reinstall just the font(s) or maybe clear the Office font cache?
posted by DoctorFedora
on Oct 20, 2013 -
I apparently have bad or damaged Google Web Fonts installed on a Windows 7 machine. Fun fact, they are not in the Windows Fonts directory. Text is coming up gnarly, super aliased, big and chunky in both FireFox and Chrome as they appear to be loading a local cache of the font(s) as opposed to hitting Google for them. Where are they? How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by cavalier
on Sep 27, 2013 -
Let's get this out of the way: I really know nothing about graphic design or fonts. I have a blog, and my blog title is in Strangelove Next Narrow
font. The blog is about a pretty lighthearted subject matter, and the title uses multiple bright colors for the letters and looks pretty playful. (I don't want to link it, so you'll have to take my word for it. It's fun.)
I want to add a tagline near the blog title in my header, and I'm stumped as to what font I should use...help? [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian
on Sep 11, 2013 -
I used a HTML typography package years ago and can find neither hide nor hair of it any more. It converted HTML to include proper dashes, curly quotes and other typographic elements. It may have been a blogging engine (or included with one). What was it? [more inside]
posted by jquinby
on Aug 19, 2013 -
About two years ago, I asked here if or how font rendering in Windows could be improved. None of the answers changed anything. Now, I'm working with a new Windows 7 install and the quality of the font rendering is still poor.
Here are the stats: Nvidia 550ti card, with the current driver from Nvidia; Dell U2410 24-inch LCD monitor; Windows is set at the monitor's native resolution 1920x1200; font smoothing is on; ClearType has been tweaked.
Font rendering still comes in a distant third behind OS X and Ubuntu systems.
With my eyes parked 3 feet away, I can easily see stepped curves in headline characters. The monitor's sharpness is at 30 percent. If I set it higher, individual pixels become obvious.
I know Windows takes its own approach to font rendering. But, that does not mean it is designed to make on-screen text look ugly and amateurish. Do people at Redmond put up with this?
So... what can be done? I want non-spindly, smooth, clear characters. Can I get them?
posted by justcorbly
on Jul 31, 2013 -
What is the english language subtitle font used in many asian films, such as this one
? Why is it so predominant, despite its lack of clarity? Any/as much information about it is appreciated.
posted by patr1ck
on Jul 23, 2013 -
The past few days (beginning of this week?) I've been having a problem with fonts acting wonky in Firefox at work... They look like partially loaded progressive JPEGs. I'm using Windows 7 (a dell computer, nothing fancy). I feel like it's trying to render them progressively and then the cleartype isn't functioning properly, so only some of the colors load, leaving a sort of "blocky" look to it. [more inside]
posted by symbioid
on Jun 13, 2013 -
Typographers, designers, and font geeks: I'm looking for fonts with a distinctive and stylish letter "X". Other criteria: sans serif, not too ornate, and preferably free to download. The X is going to form part of a word, so as well as being distinctive it should also fit nicely with the other characters. Thanks in advance (:
posted by iivix
on May 10, 2013 -
I have a Sony prs 600 touch Ereader that is about to expire.
To replace it I am considering a Nook Simple Touch Glolight I just have three specific questions about the Nook that I need answered. Details inside [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams
on May 9, 2013 -
Are there FontSquirrel and DaFont equivalents for the Greek and Hebrew language? I'm looking for some creative Greek fonts in particular, so, where do I find the Greek equivalent of "Bleeding Cowboys" for example? [more inside]
posted by peripatew
on Apr 9, 2013 -
After switching to a different (and recently upgraded) Mac at work, FontDoctor is finding bushels of "Unsupported Fonts." We're talking big name fonts, too: some of my NeutraText weights, a bunch of Futura and Helveticas, Times CY, and many others. When I try to add the unsupported fonts to a set in Suitcase, the problem pops up as "Missing Printer File."
Is there a reason that upgrading from 10.5 to Snow Leopard would have rendered so many fonts unusable? Did I transfer over the wrong font files or something? How the heck are the fonts working on one Mac, but not the other? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler
on Feb 12, 2013 -
The standard Type 1 fonts from Adobe don't have a definition of Leading. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by plinth
on Jan 30, 2013 -
Monaco 14pt in MacVim seems to me to look much better on retina than Anonymous Pro 14pt. Why is this? Is it just me? [more inside]
posted by doteatop
on Jan 25, 2013 -
For years, I've accepted as fact that Russian-language PDFs don't play nice with other programs. That if you tried to paste copied text into Word or Notepad, you'd get gibberish characters. (I work on two laptops, one with Windows Vista and Acrobat, the other Windows 7 and Reader.) Are there any clever workarounds or programs I should know about? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart
on Jan 19, 2013 -
Which standard web/mobile fonts have the best support for unusual Unicode characters? [more inside]
posted by pete_22
on Nov 12, 2012 -
Building a font library, what are your favourite fonts and why? I'm asking from a design perspective, so mostly looking for people who have programs designed for cataloguing their massive and picked through collections. [more inside]
posted by Dynex
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Weird snowflake Mac OS X font issue. I've already tried all the usual suspects - deleting duplicate fonts from Font Book, etc, etc. But this one has me stumped. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Oct 17, 2012 -
Trying to acquire as cheaply and efficiently as possible some fonts I don't have on my current computer. Working with a book/design project made in Quark XPress ten or more years ago, then put on the back burner and just now re-opened. The file opens fine in Quark XPress 9, which is the latest version, but a number of the fonts used in the original file are missing. [more inside]
posted by londongeezer
on Oct 15, 2012 -
When I copy/paste text from this PDF, the copied text is repeated and sometimes includes additional text. Why is this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by fussbudget
on Aug 10, 2012 -
Hi, from my research it appears that Cochin and Modern No. 20 are only available as paid fonts. I'm looking for free, open source approximations of these fonts for use on a web project. Any recommendations?
posted by samoa
on Aug 7, 2012 -
Are bitmapped fonts still not copyrightable? How have you used bitmapped fonts in your work? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Aug 3, 2012 -
What are the fonts used in these iconic Infocom ads: 1 2
? I'm particularly interested in the 'Many are the doors...' font and the 'Apple II...' font from 1, and the 'WE'RE WRITING' font from the second. I can find stuff that's close with WTF et al, but not the same.
posted by obiwanwasabi
on Jul 9, 2012 -
I need a clear ruler with picas, points and line thicknesses on it, for measuring printed materials. I want it today. I'm in Australia and go shopping on the Gold Coast or Brisbane. The nearest thing I've found is at Officeworks
but the picture is too small to be able to tell if it's what I need and they appear to only sell it online. I'm willing to pay up to $100. Maybe more if it's super-duper.
posted by b33j
on Jul 4, 2012 -
Let's say I'm an in-house graphic designer working on a sale sign template for a company with several locations. I've got Helvetica. The various locations don't. I'd like to make a fancy template in InDesign, and then create a PDF form where employees can alter small portions of the text and then print the completed sale sign at their location, still using the Helvetica. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler
on May 25, 2012 -
Help me identify these fonts from Wet Hot American Summer and other 80s-themed typefaces. [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x
on Apr 17, 2012 -
Just upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard. Suddenly Microsoft Office 2008 isn't seeing all 1900 of my fonts -- and some of the usual defaults are gone! What the hell happened and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain
on Apr 6, 2012 -
Way way back in the day I unlocked the Adobe AVENIR font family from my Adobe TYPE ON CALL CD-ROM, on a Macintosh that probably had a Motorola 68030 microprocessor inside. Do I still "own" those fonts, and does Adobe keep records of such things? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Feb 13, 2012 -
MacBook Pro late 2011. OSX 10.7.2. Why is FontBook enabling various fonts without me doing it? And how can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic
on Jan 23, 2012 -
[Mac OS X Filter] Combining different styles of the same font in FontBook for OS X: Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by phoebus
on Dec 28, 2011 -
How can I make font display in Windows look better?
I recently had to set up a Windows 7 (64-bit) machine. I haven't used Windows for several years. The quality of the font display doesn't seem to have improved.
Fonts look ragged to me. Big headline fonts at news sites are pretty awful, like they were slapped on by a sloppy painter. How can I make this better? Any tricks or products that address this? I've used Cleartype but, frankly, I not sure I noticed anything change.
posted by justcorbly
on Dec 24, 2011 -
Looking for the best font for long-distance viewing on a projected document. [more inside]
posted by blurker
on Nov 8, 2011 -
I would like to identify and/or locate the fonts used in this label so I can create something similar. This design was a free download to use with a Martha Stewart recipe but I'd like to tweak it a bit for my own use. I dig the fonts, though! Close up of font can be seen here
. The downloadable pdf is here
posted by LKWorking
on Nov 8, 2011 -
O typesetters! Describe the principles of font management. Recommend essential font management software. Explain its best and most crucial features, and why I will find them helpful. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte
on Oct 21, 2011 -