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Buyer’s Guide: FontFont’s App+ Brings New Choices!

Last week we introduced a new license called App+ and this changed how FontFonts appear and are licensed throughout the site. These options will appear after you’ve chosen a specific product from the list that search returns to you. FF GOOD will be our chosen font for today, so let’s go over the basic changes that you’ll see.

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Select Format

When you’ve found the package that appeals to you just click on product’s name. You’ll see the available formats which typically include OpenType, Web, Office, and App+. Clicking on any of these links will take to you the product page. For this example we’ll choose OpenType for the FF Good Collection.

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Update

You will only have this option for FontFonts, all other foundries will have an “Add” button instead. Anytime you choose “Update” we will give you several options to add different formats to your cart.

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Which format of FF Good Collection do you need?

Since we initially choose OpenType for FF Good, that option is preselected. Licensing a mix of OpenType, Office, and Web will take 10% off those products. You can even add an App+ license!

We hope you like the new options and if you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

Buyer’s Guide: Font Bureau EULA

FBFor over twenty years, Font Bureau has been providing some of the best typeface designs in the industry. Their font collection continues to grow and with popular faces like Whitman, Benton Sans, and Heron the foundry has been one of our customer’s favorites! Here are some EULA highlights that you may want to keep in mind when licensing a font from Font Bureau.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to 1 CPU.
  • You may create a non-editable PDF for output printing to a service bureau for printer.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the fonts with users that do not have a license for the same fonts.
  • You cannot embed the font into documents that are distributed to third parties without additional licensing.
  • You cannot embed the font into a Website or Application.
  • You cannot embed the font into Flash animations.

See Font Bureau EULA

If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

EULA highlights will be posted every other Monday. Next up is Emigre.

Buyer’s Guide: Self-Hosted vs. Hosted Web Fonts

Webfonts are here to stay, but there seems to be some confusion on how webfonts are licensed and implemented on a site. You have two basic options, Hosted or Self-Hosted. Below are some basic things to know.

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Self-Hosted webfonts from FontShop

  • You are charged based on the number of pageviews per month your site has as a one-time fee.
  • You are given the EOT/WOFF files to self-host on your site.
  • You keep track of the pageviews per month your site receives.
  • You can extend your license to support more pageviews by contacting FontShop.

Hosted webfonts from service providers

  • You are charged based on the number of pageviews per month your site has as a subscription based model which can be annual/monthly depending on the provider.
  • You are given a line of code to include within your site that serves the fonts to your site.
  • The service provider keeps track of the pageviews per month your site receives.
  • If you go over your pageview limit, default fonts may be served until you increase your subscription terms.

Self-Hosted and Hosted

*FF Chartwell Web is currently not supported.

Buyer’s Guide: Font Diner and Filmotype EULA

When you license fonts from FontShop, you may notice that some EULAs look exactly the same. Foundries that have the same EULA are sometimes related. Font Diner and Filmotype belong to this group and we’ll go over some basic rights that apply to both. FontFilmo

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to 2 CPUs.
  • You may take the font to a service bureau for printing, but the service provider must delete the font after the job is complete.
  • You may embed the font outlines for personal, non-professional, non-commercial use only.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the fonts with users that do not have a license for the same fonts.
  • You cannot embed the font into a Website or Application.
  • You cannot embed the font into Flash animations.
  • You cannot create alphabet or letterform related products for resale.

See Font Diner EULA

See Filmotype EULA

If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

EULA highlights will be posted every other Monday. Next up is Font Bureau.

Buyer’s Guide: Laura Worthington EULA

Wedding month is almost over, but desktop licenses are perpetual. So when choosing a font with flair keep that in mind because you’ll be able to use the font throughout the years.

LWLaura Worthington is a foundry that creates many script fonts with great characters and we’re focusing on her EULA this week. As with many script fonts, you want to pick a font that will work in the programs your are using. Read up on tips on how to pick a script font using non-design programs and how to design in those programs. Laura Worthington fonts are great because they look fantastic using any programs, especially when you license the TrueType-flavored OpenType versions.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to 5 CPUs and 1 printer at 1 location.
  • Creation of static images on any surface is allowed.
  • Only “Personal or Internal Business Use” is allowed.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the fonts with users or printers that do not have a license for the same fonts.
  • You cannot embed the font into a Website or Application.
  • You cannot use the font in Broadcast or Film.
  • You cannot use the font in a “Commercial Product”.

See the EULA

If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

EULA highlights will be posted every other Monday. Stay tuned for Filmotype.

Buyer’s Guide: Sudtipos EULA

It’s wedding month at FontShop and we’re highlighting Sudtipos today. The foundry creates lovely fonts that have multiple alternates per character and once you’ve mastered working with scripts you can use Suditpos fonts to their best advantage.

SUD Please note that picking the right script font for design programs is an important part of using Sudtipos fonts. Since all fonts from Sudtipos are PostScript-flavored OpenType, we recommend you use programs that support OpenType features. If you are using programs that are not specifically for design, you will not be able to access the alternate glyphs.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to 7 CPUs and 2 printers or output devices at 1 location
  • Non-editable Embedding in digital documents, such as PDFs, is allowed

Restrictions

  • You cannot share fonts with users that do not have a license for the same font
  • You cannot embed the font into a website
  • You cannot embed the font into an Application

See the EULA

If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

EULA highlights will be posted every other Monday. Stay tuned for Laura Worthington.

Buyer’s Guide: Dalton Maag EULA

Welcome to our second installment in our EULA series where we highlight a few points that may interest you. Last week we went over OurType’s EULA, this week we’ll focus on Dalton Maag.

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Dalton Maag allows font embedding within their standard EULA, but the font file has to be converted to a web-specific format first. Licensed users can convert files into EOT, WOFF, SVG, and Cufón, as long as the file is produced specifically for the web and cannot be used as a desktop font. As a rule, 1,000 unique visitors a day to your website is equivalent to 1 desktop user license.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to 5 users.
  • Web embedding is allowed, but the font file must be converted to web-specific format.
  • 1,000 unique visitors a day to your website is equivalent to 1 desktop user.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the font with users that do not have a license for the same font.
  • You cannot embed the raw font file into a website.
  • You cannot embed the font into electronic books or magazines.
  • You cannot embed the font into an Application.

See the EULA

If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

EULA highlights will be posted every other Monday. Stay tuned for Sudtipos.

Buyer’s Guide: How to choose the right desktop format

Many foundries like to give you an option to license a font in different formats and customers always ask which format is better. The answer is that your decision should be based on the programs that you will be using the fonts in.

Format_MattersHere are some suggestions on choosing the right desktop format.

OpenType (.otf) fonts typically have additional features that can only be accessed by programs that support them. OpenType works best in software like Adobe® Illustrator® and Adobe® InDesign®.

Although Microsoft Word 2010 supports some OpenType features, not all characters can be accessed if the font has a massive amount of alternates. For example, trying to access all the alternate swashes in Feel Script in PowerPoint would be painful. Don’t do it.

Also, you’ll only be disappointed further because OpenType fonts don’t embed well in PowerPoint.

If your workflow includes Microsoft Office programs, like Excel and Powerpoint, then we recommend licensing TrueType formats over OpenType. And if the font doesn’t have a TrueType version, contact us and we can suggest an alternate typeface that may work for you.

Buyer’s Guide: OurType EULA

We’re introducing a new series for buyers. Every month we will pick two foundries from FontShop and highlight key points that you should pay attention to in their EULA.

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The first foundry we’ll highlight is OurType because of their exceptional basic EULA that allows web and mobile embedding. Yes, I said their basic EULA allows you to embed the font you licensed into one (1) website and one (1) mobile app. The standard license also allows embedding the fonts into PDFs and e-Publications! Since OurType delivers OpenType, TrueType, and EOT/WOFF files with their product you’ll have everything that you’ll need to create documents, a web site, and a mobile app.

Now for the fun part. The basic license allows OurType fonts to be used in a single (1) location for up to 5 users, but you can extend the license to support additional locations and users. You can not share the fonts with third parties that do not have a license for the same fonts. And you can not send the font files to a service bureau or a printer, but you can deliver your files as press-ready PDFs with the fonts embedded. If your website or mobile app allows users to create content using the font, then an additional license (Online Editing-Publishing) will need to be issued.

Phew! Hope you got all of that. If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

EULA highlights will be posted every other Monday. Stay tuned for Dalton Maag.

Buyer’s Guide: Cleaning your Font Cache

Are your fonts looking garbled or acting wonky for no reason? Do you think it’s possibly the new font that you installed causing issues, even though it worked perfectly last week? Or are fonts mysteriously missing from your drop down menu in one program, but appear in another? If you said yes to any of the above questions then you may have to clean your Font Cache.

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Here are some ways to clean your cache, please note that you will have to restart your computer after cleaning. So, save and quit all programs beforehand.

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

The Windows operating system has a font cache file that is located here:

C:\Windows\System32\FNTCACHE.DAT

Delete this file, and restart your system. A new FNTCACHE.DAT file will be created on startup.

Mac OS X

Our support team recommends Font Finagler or Font Nuke to help cleanse your system’s cache. Check out our help section for more details on how to use Font Finagler to clear your Font Cache.

Once you’ve cleared your font cache, you’ll want to open a few programs to make sure that your fonts are behaving. Everything should be back to normal, but if it isn’t you can always contact FontShop for help.

Buyer’s Guide: Contact Us

Every year FontShop adds more foundries, new fonts, and tools to help you find the perfect font for you project. We also know that it can get a bit overwhelming to sort through all the products and features we offer, so we added a Contact Us tab.

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It is always located on the right and you can find a person to chat with or submit a support request.

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We  look forward to working with you in the new year.

Buyer’s Guide: How to Extend Your Current License

Does your current font license support your needs? If not, then FontShop can help you find out. Send a message to Sales with your questions and we’ll help you sort everything out.

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You may need a Multi-User license, MUL for short, if you purchased a basic license in the past and your company has grown and needs to accomodate multiple locations or additional users.

We can also help you extend your license to support web and mobile.

Buyer’s Guide: What is the FontShop Plugin?

The FontShop Plugin lets you preview 150,000+ fonts in popular Adobe® Creative Suite® programs for free!

 

We know you’ll fall in love with it.

So download the free FontShop Plugin today and start tagging fonts to create preview layers!

Buyer’s Guide: How to buy a Webfont

We’re rounding up previous guides to help you demystify licensing webfonts on FontShop.

Need help finding webfonts on our site?

Read am I buying a webfont?

Confused about what webfont formats are and how to use them?

Then check out what is EOT or WOFF.

Don’t know the difference between a desktop license and a webfont license?

Read up  on how our webfonts are licensed.

Do you have a Typekit account and you want to link your webfonts to your account?

Then find out if your webfont can be linked to Typekit.

Buyer’s Guide: OpenType Feature Controls

Last week we went over the Character Set tab and how you can view OpenType features that are available within a font. But did you know you can test OpenType features in the Custom Sample Tool Bar? To access the additional controls, click on the gear icon located on any page that shows renders.

Then read up on how to use OpenType Feature Controls here .

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