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Old 09-16-2005, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default ClearType font collection, 20 bucks!

Windows users with a hankering for exceptional fonts for a song can download the Creativity Font Pack, a collection of 30 OpenType font families (“tuned for ClearType”) from Ascender for $19.99.

What really caught my eye was the quality of some of the fonts in this collection. It includes one of the most significant sans serif families of recent times (1988), four styles of Today Sans by Wolker Küster. This is one of my favorite typefaces, and it alone makes this package worth having. (It would be even better if it included the Display set and the small caps for both, but what can we expect for $20? You may be able to purchase those from Elsner & Flake; they are certainly part of my old Scangraphic Type 1 package. You can see the @ sign from that set in my current avatar.)

If you are not familiar with Today Sans (which was the unfortunate victim of poor timing and Scangraphic’s faltering entry into the desktop digital font business), Albert-Jan Pool wrote a short essay about it in Types Best Remembered.

Others in the collection include Skyline Bold Condensed (Font Bureau), Coquette script (Mark Simonson), four weights of Columbus (Monotype), the classical script Brody (ATF/Elsner & Flake), Briem Operina, a lovely script based on Arrighi’s famous writing manual (Gunnlauger SE Briem), and 17 more.

The Creativity Font Pack also includes a set of 40-plus customizable templates for Microsoft Word.

If you have Windows (this is a downloadable 4MB .exe file) and $20, this should be an exceptional deal.

   
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Windows users with a hankering for exceptional fonts for a song can download the Creativity Font Pack, a collection of 30 OpenType font families (“tuned for ClearType”) from Ascender for $19.99.
If they're OpenType, they're surely also usable on Macs, the .exe packaging notwithstanding.

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Old 09-17-2005, 06:44 AM   #3
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If they're OpenType, they're surely also usable on Macs, the .exe packaging notwithstanding.
The fonts should be usable (i.e., installable and recognized). But Macs do not have ClearType and the optimization may make the type unappealing to look at or print (do not actually know much about that, despite my reading of the Microsoft information brochure — it doesn’t say much about non-ClearType environments).

As for the .exe, I have never found a way to open those. It is more than just another archive wrapper, I think.

   
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it doesn’t say much about non-ClearType environments

Windows users that have only CRT monitors are told (if they ask) that there's not much, if any, improvement to be gained by ClearType. On the other hand, there's nothing to lose. But the point is mainly that the pack is a bargain at $20, since it does contain nice fonts (Columbus, for example).

I wonder if Stuffit can deal with EXE files for Mac users? The file is presumably only a self-openable compressed file.

   
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Windows users that have only CRT monitors are told (if they ask) that there's not much, if any, improvement to be gained by ClearType. On the other hand, there's nothing to lose.
That’s good to know. What about LCD monitors?

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I wonder if Stuffit can deal with EXE files for Mac users? The file is presumably only a self-openable compressed file.
No. As far as I know, an .exe file is a Windows program (thus executable). A Windows compressed archive is typically .zip, and Macs open those easily.

   
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What about LCD monitors?

LCD monitors are what ClearType etc. is for: to improve the appearance of fonts on LCD monitors. It shouldn't affect the way fonts print.

an .exe file is a Windows program

Not really: it was a DOS file (I don't know about Unix). But a self-extractable file is a ZIP file that doesn't need another program (PKUnzip, for instance) to extract the contents. If Stuffit will extract ZIP files in the Mac OS, it might work with that sort of EXE file, since the only thing that is executed is self-extraction. You might look at the what the latest Stuffit (v. 9?) version does.

   
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LCD monitors are what ClearType etc. is for: to improve the appearance of fonts on LCD monitors. It shouldn't affect the way fonts print.
I understand (from a Microsoft representative) that it requires software on the computer, not available for the Mac. ClearType optimization will either have no effect or a deleterious one.

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Not really: it [.exe] was a DOS file (I don't know about Unix).… You might look at the what the latest Stuffit (v. 9?) version does.
I have Stuffit Deluxe 9.0.1, and do not believe it can deal with a Windows .exe file.

   
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But Macs do not have ClearType and the optimization may make the type unappealing to look at or print
My guess is that if ClearType is not there, it's just ignored. No big deal, especially as these seem to be more display faces anyway.

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My guess is that if ClearType is not there, it's just ignored. No big deal, especially as these seem to be more display faces anyway.
But the valuable portion of the collection are Today Sans and Columbus, both text families.

   
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Although I'm an ignoramus on the cross-platform usability of OpenType, and can only guess at how a "Designed for ClearType" family will display on a Mac screen, I can offer this.

o Printing should be unaffected by ClearType hinting, however that works.

o The .exe may contain an installer, designed to place the fonts, font manager, and tips software in the proper places and register them (with Windows). The font files may not be accessible as such until installed.

o The licensing seems very liberal. You can put the fonts on a server. You're licensed for two machines (vs. five for a full-priced family). See attached (which itself is an attempt to upload to the board a Windows WordPad .rtf renamed to .doc. It's in Chmn. Gates' best vanilla Times NR, and should tweak absolutely no one's screenfont processing. Lemme know.)
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