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FontXChange 3.1 Released

FontGear, Inc. of Charlotte, NC announced today the release of FontXChange for Macintosh version 3.1

FontXChange is a powerful, easy to use font-conversion application that will convert fonts between common font formats. FontXChange can easily convert fonts to OpenType (PS), Web Fonts (WOFF, SVG, EOT), PostScript Type 1, and TrueType for both Macintosh or Windows.

Version 3.1 introduces compatibility and support for Apple’s newly release Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

 

What’s new in version 3.1

- Mac OS X 10.7 support and compatibility

- Completely updated interface

- Miscellaneous bug fixes

 

Useful features include:

- Batch processing for converting entire font libraries

- Font inspection window with preview

- Support for many font encodings, including Adobe Standard, Unicode, Mac Roman, and Windows ANSI, and European.

 

* FontXChange requires Mac OS 10.4 or higher, and a PowerPC or Intel Processor.

* A free demonstration version can be downloaded from http://www.FontGear.net

* FontXChange is available for $99.00/Single User License

• FontXChange can be ordered and downloaded from our website at www.FontGear.net using all major credit cards, or by calling 1-800-583-2917.

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Mac OS X Lion (10.7) Compatibility

 

We are working hard to update all of our software products for Apple’s newly released version of Mac OS X (v. 10.7, called Lion)

Over the next few days we will announce the updates as they become available and will be offered as free updates to our existing customers.

All of our test show that there are no major issues with any of our existing products running on Lion. Most of the problems we’ve seen so far are related to then user interface (window refreshes, controls not drawing correctly, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns about any of our products then please feel free to contact us here.

 

 

 

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Mac OS X Font Update

Apple recently announced an update (Mac OS X 10.6.7) that fixes known problems related to OpenType fonts.

We are recommending that this update be downloaded and installed by all users.

More information here

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Letterpress App for iPad

We’ve been keeping an eye on this particular iPad app for the past several weeks, & today it is one step closer to it’s release date.

This virtual letterpress app hasn’t been a half-effort. The good people over at LetterMPress have been searching out complete sets of original wood typefaces for quite some time now in order to bring you a digital version of authentic-looking letterpress designs & type. This process has been aided largely in part by donations given to fund their project. In just a few short hours, donations will be closed & their letterpress project fully funded.

Over the years, its become increasingly difficult to find full sets of original letterpress type. Many have been discarded, divided up in antique shops or even burned with the age of computers, making this app, & other recent efforts like it applauded & highly anticipated by a growing number of designers & letterpress enthusiasts.

The video below explains the process behind creating this app.

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FontVista 4.5

FontGear, Inc. of Charlotte, NC announced today the release of FontVista for Macintosh version 4.5

FontVista is a professional font catalog and inspection tool that will create a type specimen book (or “font catalog”) to be used as a desk reference for design professionals who need a quick way to locate just the right typeface for a given project.

Useful features include:

- Font activation and printing of installed or uninstalled fonts

- Print directly to PDF (Portable Document Format) or Printer

- Load and print thousands of fonts using customizable layouts

- Slide show preview of all your fonts

FontVista supports many font formats: Macintosh PostScript Type 1, Macintosh TrueType font suitcases, Apple dfont, PC TrueType (.ttf), and OpenType (.otf).

FontVista requires Mac OS 10.4 or higher.

A free demo version can be downloaded here

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FontGenius 2.0 released

 

FontGenius is a font identification utility for Macintosh.

FontGenius examines pictures and identifies typefaces of any text within a picture. Using advanced recognition technology, FontGenius will produce a list of likely fonts that match selected characters within an image, and will generate character previews of the matched fonts. An internet search can also be performed on the list of results to locate, purchase, and download matched fonts.

Version 2.0 includes a wealth of new features, including Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for automatically selecting characters in an image, a revamped selection tool that now selects entire words or groups of characters, image filters for cleaning up low quality images, and speed increases for quicker and more accurate results.

 

 

* FontGenius requires Mac OS 10.4 or higher and runs on both PPC and Intel Macs.

* A free demonstration version can be downloaded from www.FontGear.net

* FontGenius is available for $39.99 (Single User License)

* The v2.0 update is free for existing FontGenius 1.0 customers.

* FontGenius can be ordered and downloaded from our website at www.FontGear.net using a major credit card, or by calling 1-800-583-2917.

 

FontGear Inc. is a leading professional software development company for Macintosh and Windows, specializing in font application tools for graphics professionals and the publishing industry. FontGear Inc. is well known for it’s leading software products including FontDoctor, FontXChange, and FontVista.

FontGear Inc. is a privately held company located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Typecasting at Apple

With huge spikes in iPhone and iPad sales, developers and designers are naturally concerned about the lack of typography these devices afford. When the much anticipated iPad was launched in April 2010, we were dismayed to find only a few font options. And while they’ve come a long way in a short time, if these devices are going to accommodate the creative expectations of designers and consumers, they’re going to have to step up their iOS font support.

It’s curious that a visually oriented company like Apple offers such anemic font control on these devices. Function trumps form, and while the company’s intention to keep tight control over its interface is understandable, it is also a bit disappointing. Creatives flock to Apple for its easy interface, its intuitive design, its streamlined structure.

Unfortunately, developers and designers aren’t able to fully capitalize on these functions because of limited choices. It’s a bit like being admitted to Disneyworld, and then being told you can only use the kiddy rides. What’s the point of having an innovative and powerful device that limits your viewing experience?

This contest between device and web design is an interesting one. Can creatives – Apple’s primary customer base – learn to be happy with the limitations? Or will the company be forced to expand its iOS font technologies?

Typography is critical to the user’s experience. Over time, technological breakthroughs in deliverable typefaces will be a game-changer, forcing even the most powerful mobile providers to give their customers an added measure of freedom. It’s just a matter of time.

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FontDoctor 8 released

Charlotte, NC – FontGear Inc. announced today the release of FontDoctor 8 for Macintosh. FontDoctor is the industry standard font problem diagnosis and repair utility for graphic designers and the publishing industry.

FontDoctor 8 can identify and fix common font related problems that often interrupt creative workflow and production.

FontDoctor can also optimize workflow by creating a library of manageable font files and folders organized by font foundry name, family name, and more.

Version 8 introduces an updated interface, faster diagnosis and repair, enhanced reporting with charts, updated font cache cleaning, and a new font comparison tool used to contrast the unique properties of separate font files side-by-side.

FontDoctor 8 is available for $69.99 for a Single User License, and $350.00 for s Site License.

Version 7.x users can upgrade to version 8 for $19.99

FontDoctor 8 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.

Purchases, upgrades and a demo version are available from the FontGear website at www.FontGear.net.

FontGear Inc. is a software development company serving creative professionals and the publishing industry since 1993.

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3 Words: Apple, iPhone, and Verizon…

Read ‘em and weep AT&T…

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Christmas discount

Merry Christmas from all of us at FontGear!

We are offering a 10% discount off of all our software products until the end of the year.

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