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Old 02-19-2007, 08:23 AM   #1
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Default Where to find a unicode (WGL4 actually) collection of Helvetica et al.

KT (and anyone else that may know),

Is there a good source for (how shall we say?) a collection of basics (Helvetica et al.) that have been recast into a "wide" (think unicode) form? I want to find a series of principle fonts that can be used across numerous languages/locales.

If they aren't available from a vendor what tool(s) can one use today to recast a collection of fonts into a single, wider package? Fontographer is dead, no?

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If they aren't available from a vendor what tool(s) can one use today to recast a collection of fonts into a single, wider package? Fontographer is dead, no?
Not according to the Fontlab site, but I gather FOG is still needs a proper update, something beyond mere (to quote from the site):
  • native support for Mac OS X,
  • support for the Euro character,
  • updated encodings,
  • copy-paste compatibility with new Illustrator and Freehand versions,
  • numerous bug fixes.

   
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KT (and anyone else that may know),

Is there a good source for (how shall we say?) a collection of basics (Helvetica et al.) that have been recast into a "wide" (think unicode) form? I want to find a series of principle fonts that can be used across numerous languages/locales.
You will find a wealth of information on this topic at http://www.alanwood.net/unicode/index.html.
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Linotype owns the rights to Helvetica. Helvetica World may be what you want, but it is expensive, and each user (or group of users) would have to be licensed.

Ascender Corp., a spinoff from Monotype, licenses specialty fonts. You can see their list of available (i.e., non-custom) WGL fonts (scroll down). The list includes Arial (not Helvetica), Times New Roman, Courier, Century Schoolbook, the web fonts, and more. You’d need to talk to them about broad licensing.

If you are looking for fonts that can be freely distributed, you might take a look at the Greek Font Society’s 20th-century page. They have a face something like Times (Artemisia) and a sans (NeoHellenic), though no one would take the latter for Helvetica. There is also a Bodoni-like font.

Other Open Source OpenType fonts include Gentium (“a typeface for the nations”; download).

   
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Linotype owns the rights to Helvetica. Helvetica World may be what you want, but it is expensive, and each user (or group of users) would have to be licensed
Description of the font:

"Helvetica World, an update to the classic Helvetica design using the OpenType font format, contains the following Microsoft code pages:
1252 Latin 1,
1250 Latin 2 Eastern,
1251 Cyrillic,
1253 Greek,
1254 Turk,
1255 Hebrew,
1256 Arabic,
1257 Windows Baltic,
1258 Windows Vietnamese, as well as a mixture of box drawing element glyphs and mathematical symbols & operators.
In total, each weight of Helvetica World contains 1866 different glyph characters!"

At about $400 for the set of four fonts, the expense is perhaps justified by the number of common scripts covered.

   
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Linotype owns the rights to Helvetica. Helvetica World may be what you want, but it is expensive, and each user (or group of users) would have to be licensed.

Ascender Corp., a spinoff from Monotype, licenses specialty fonts. You can see their list of available (i.e., non-custom) WGL fonts (scroll down). The list includes Arial (not Helvetica), Times New Roman, Courier, Century Schoolbook, the web fonts, and more. You’d need to talk to them about broad licensing.

If you are looking for fonts that can be freely distributed, you might take a look at the Greek Font Society’s 20th-century page. They have a face something like Times (Artemisia) and a sans (NeoHellenic), though no one would take the latter for Helvetica. There is also a Bodoni-like font.

Other Open Source OpenType fonts include Gentium (“a typeface for the nations”; download).
Thanks!

Wasn't aware of Ascender (and they look exactly like what my friends are after ... solution-wise).
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Wasn't aware of Ascender (and they look exactly like what my friends are after ... solution-wise).
Does seem like a good fit, depending on budget.

   
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