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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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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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3 Words: Apple, iPhone, and Verizon…

Read ‘em and weep AT&T…

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FontXChange 3.0 converts web fonts (SVG, WOFF, EOT)

Today we released version 3 of FontXChange, our font conversion utility for Macintosh.

FontXChange converts font files from one format to another.

Version 3 includes expanded web font support for conversion to WOFF, SVG, and EOT font formats, and new features to create HTML examples using the “@font-face” tags for converted web fonts for easy font support on your websites.

Other features include a completely updated user interface and font previewing, conversion support for OpenType, TrueType, and PostScript Type 1 for Mac and Windows.

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Firefox 4 to support OpenType features

OpenType features available in many webfonts have not been widely supported by web browsers. Ralf Herrmann explains that his is about to change with the upcoming release of Firefox 4.

 

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New iMac acts like iPad

As I suggested a few days ago with the announcement of the upcoming Mac OS X release (named “Lion”), Apple appears to also be working on a new iMac/iPad/touch hybrid.

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Mac OS X Lion and fonts

Apple announced the next iteration of Mac OS X, and in keeping with the cat theme has appropriately called it “Lion”. As you would expect, it’s loaded with cool new features. Also, as you would expect, our immediate questions revolve around fonts. Not so much regarding fonts on the Mac itself per se, but more particularly fonts on iPad and iPhone. Let me explain.

It seems to me that what Apple is after is a unified end-user experience. In other words, if I use an iPhone or an iPad, then when I use a Mac for the first time (or any other Apple device) I will intuitively know and understand how it works because it’s familiar.

We’ve already seen a lot of feature-sharing between these devices, and I expect that the end goal is to create a single, unified, device-independent OS that is portable across Apple hardware (iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac, and so on).

Which brings us to the issue of fonts.

Obviously, fonts are an important part of how we work – assets that are part of the media and content we produce and sell. As such, much has been done on the Mac to support typography. Not so much on iPhone and iPad.

Of course this makes sense when you recognize that the iPad and similar devices are essentially for content consumption, not content creation (as on the Mac). And this is where the quesitons start coming for me.

Will these devices move towards content creation in the future? (think video editing, image editing, book layout and design, etc.)

If so, what kind of type control and support technologies will evolve and be shared across these devices? Will Apple open up font installation and management or keep those feature isolated to the Mac? Perhaps fonts will move to an entirely web-based/web-managed context? If so, how do we (designers, editors, producers, students, etc.) make that transition?

No clear answers yet, but stay tuned. We’re all over this one, as you would expect.

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Adobe, Extensis, FontGear announce contest winners

The final winners of the 2010 Fantastic Font Film Contest were announced today, and here they are…

First Place ($1000)

John Michalec, Purdue North Central – Relient K Typography


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QuickTips: Converting to OpenType

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Back in the day…remember Letraset press type?

I was looking around this morning and found this article about the old press type Letraset. Holy cow… I forgot all about press type. What a pain. Some of you who’ve been around a while will remember all the hours spent doing specs and comps using Letraset. Enjoy!

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