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Thomas Phinney

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  • Re: Units per em

    Unless you have a good reason to not use 1000, use 1000, since some software still assumes it.

    The assumption is that fonts with PostScript outlines (Type 1 or OpenType CFF/.otf) will have a 1000-unit em, and fonts with TrueType outlines, a 2048-unit em. What is considered “standard” is dependent on the outline format.
  • Re: 656565656

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  • Re: the OpenType features UI questionnaire /Q1

    I hate to say this, but I do not see at all why the effort of type designers will have any impact on support from apps. Software product managers are much more interested in what their users want, and also in this case what proportion of the fonts their users have support these things. But the effort the type designers put in is really not a business-centered or end-user-centered argument.

    Certainly, the number of fonts already supporting the features matters, especially when further considered by the popularity of those fonts. Knowing that there are many widely-used fonts that have features that are inaccessible in the apps, that is an argument for putting the features in the apps. “Empower your users with functionality they are missing!”

    Better still, survey a bunch of users, then educate them, then survey the same users again: that could show how many ask for the features before they are prompted, and then see how many want them once they know what they are missing.
  • Re: Kaffeebohne Display

    The unconventional w is not a bad thing in and of itself, but its low contrast and major white space belong in a different typeface than the one it is in. It doesn't fit with the rest.
  • Re: MyFonts and families

    I tend to think of Adobe’s bundling, and their price drops, as a response to Corel and Microsoft. Corel started bundling 830 fonts with CorelDraw in 1990.

    Adobe had their own discounted “Type Sets” collections as early as the summer of 1991, following on the availability of Adobe Type Manager. But they were not quite on the scale of Corel. Corel bundled vastly more fonts than Adobe did (830 vs 220), and kept their old app versions available at substantially lower prices than Adobe charged. Although initially there were some sketchy fonts in Corel's collection, most of the junk was fairly soon replaced by stuff from Bitstream, ITC, and URW. They became a big bundle of good quality fonts that in their previous-release version you could find at a supermarket.