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Old 05-17-2006, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default Apple font tools updated

Apple has updated some of its tools (most of them command-line) for working with font files. Some of these are highly technical, but others can be used by serious amateurs.

They also provide a quick-reference guide, a manual, tutorial, and tutorial examples to support these arcane programs.

For Text & Font Tools for Macs, this is the place.

   
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They also provide a quick-reference guide, a manual, tutorial, and tutorial examples to support these arcane programs.
Odd font in the manual. What is it (out of idlest curiosity)?

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Odd font in the manual. What is it (out of idlest curiosity)?
Cochin. The version included with Mac OS X, pretty sure.

Just for fun, I set some of the funny letters and words in that file and show them in the attachment.
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Cochin. The version included with Mac OS X, pretty sure.

Just for fun, I set some of the funny letters and words in that file and show them in the attachment.
That (lowercase) j is really weird, with its serif lower than that of the neighboring u. The curve of the s makes it seem to "lean backwards" - the total effect (at least in these few words) is curiously unbalanced. I wonder how it behaves in body text - I suspect it might look rather "busy".

   
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That (lowercase) j is really weird, with its serif lower than that of the neighboring u. The curve of the s makes it seem to "lean backwards" - the total effect (at least in these few words) is curiously unbalanced. I wonder how it behaves in body text - I suspect it might look rather "busy".
Take a look at the document attached to Howard’s message — one of your favorites, a one-page PDF with no particular formatting! But you will see how it works in text.

Cochin is a French face, quirky and stylish. Usually seen in French menus and restaurant cards, music programs, ads, pseudo-formal invites from corporations, that sort of things. Actually quite charming, but not too useful.

   
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Actually quite charming, but not too useful.
Worse than I thought. Looks like it's never heard of a baseline, letters jumping all about... definitely quirky but I can't imagine it as even half-formal.

   
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Worse than I thought. Looks like it's never heard of a baseline, letters jumping all about... definitely quirky but I can't imagine it as even half-formal.
You have a seriously orderly mind.

   
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You have a seriously orderly mind.
<chuckle/> Most parts of it are... others try to compensate and sometimes threaten to win.

   
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Worse than I thought. Looks like it's never heard of a baseline, letters jumping all about... definitely quirky but I can't imagine it as even half-formal.
Well, here are four Cochins. I drew in some baselines. Odd to see what glyphs go below or slightly above; also odd x-heights.

It seems an odd face for a technical manual, even one about fonts.

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I see the odd baseline problems too, when looking at the PDF at 100%. When you look at it enlarged, then it is clear that this is a screen thing due to low resolution.

I also noticed Cochin used in TV/movie titles a lot a few years back. The italic d is very distinctive, and seemed to be everywhere for a few years.
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