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Mark Simonson

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  • Re: FontLab VI now shipping

    If you grab it from the very top, you can drag it to a different edge of the main window, the top or bottom if you want it to be horizontal. It can also be a floating palette if you drag it to one of the edges of the screen instead.
  • Re: Units per em

    All things being the same, if you change your UPM from 1000 to 1100, your font will display smaller at a given font size. The font's EM is scaled to the font size.
  • Illustrator and Photoshop both support OT variable fonts now

    I haven't installed and tried these out yet, just read the release notes. Both Illustrator and Photoshop support OT variable fonts now (October 2017 release). I also noted that Illustrator (at last!) supports stylistic sets.

    Illustrator CC release notes
    Photoshop CC release notes
  • Re: Is it ok to call a "typeface design" the UI of a font software program?

    When answering licensing questions, I tend to use the terms font (the name and associated visual appearance) and font file (the thing you install, i.e., the software). From the point of view of a font developer, font and font file are redundant, and we tend to use the term typeface for the first thing and font for the second thing. But colloquially, I think font and font file is how users think of it, or at least makes more sense to them if they haven't thought about it. Caring about the distinction between typeface and font has become an internet joke. Most users know what a file is on a computer, so I think it works, and is easier than trying to correct or educate multitudes of users.
  • Re: What are 'true italics'?

    Sounds like Steinert didn't take him seriously when he objected. Apologized later, but too late to change it.

    I think it's possible that this cursive sans italic trend will be looked back on as a fad. Particularly cases like this where existing designs are retrofitted with them.