Category Archives: Buyer’s Guide

Buyer’s Guide: Choosing a desktop format

Surprise! It’s a Buyer’s Guide on Tuesday and we’re here to help you choose the correct desktop format for the programs you use. Format_MattersMany foundries give you the choice between formats and you’ll want to keep in mind the programs that you will be using the fonts in daily.

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.

Buyer’s Guide will resume at its normal schedule next week.

Buyer’s Guide: Webfont Licenses

Still confused about webfont licenses? Here are our top five Buyer’s Guides to common questions about webfonts on FontShop.

1. Self-Hosted vs. Hosted
Learn the difference between the two types of webfont hosting.

2. How webfonts are licensed.
Discover who should be licensed and how.

3. What formats are webfonts available in? 
With @font-face you can use various formats, but your license may only cover specific ones.

4. Can all webfonts sold on FontShop be linked to Typekit?
Tips on how to recognize webfonts that can be brought into a Typekit account.

5. Can I install EOT or WOFF on my computer?
Find out if you need a desktop license too!

As a bonus, check out out our education page where you can find tips on how to use type in print and on the web.

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

Buyer’s Guide: Fontsmith EULA

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Based in London, Fontsmith is a type design studio founded by Jason Smith. Built with a team dedicated to designing and developing quality contemporary typefaces they independently release great families like FS Me and FS Sinclair. Here are some highlights from their EULA.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to 1 computer at a single geographic location.
  • You can create a secured non-editable PDF only if you subset the font.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the font with users that do not have a license for the same font.
  • You cannot embed the font into a Website or Application.

See Fontsmith 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 Bold Monday.

Buyer’s Guide: Basic Licenses and MULs

Are you following FontShop’s EULA Highlights? If so, then you are familiar with basic licenses for desktop use. If not, then a basic license is the initial cost to license a font so that you can use it within the terms of the EULA. But did you know that you can extend the basic license to add additional users?

A Multi-User license, MUL for short, is purchased when you need to support additional users above the basic license. MULs may also support multiple geographic locations, extending the single location terms found in most EULAs.

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Once you’ve added a font to your cart, you can extend your basic license by changing the number of users that you need to support. For this example we’ve used Bookmania from Mark Simonson Studio.

Changing the number of users in your cart will re-calculate the cost of the license and the tier that you fall into. As you can see, the cart re-calculates to a 10 user license if support for 6 users for Bookmania is needed.

If you’ve purchased a basic license in the past and you need to extend it to support additional users, or multiple locations, then email FontShop’s Support Team to extend your current license.

Buyer’s Guide: Free Fonts Page

Looking for more great ways to try out a new font? We’ve create a new Free Fonts Page for you to download and enjoy free fonts on FontShop. Usually these include a weight or two of a family you’ll end up falling in love with. The latest additions are at the top, so you’ll want to bookmark the page and check back regularly. These fonts are free of charge, but you will need to agree to their EULA’s.

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Once you’ve found the free font you want to download, you’ll be asked to sign in to your account and agree to the EULA. If you don’t have an account, then you will have to create one. Once you’ve agreed to the license, the fonts will download to your designated download folder. These font files are not shareware, but you can share the page.

Want to know more about how free fonts aren’t really free? Read the three-part series on the FontFeed; An Introduction to Free Fonts, Free Fonts: Free Is Not Always Free, and Free Fonts: Technical and Artistic Beauty.

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

Don’t forget you can also try out almost all of our fonts for free in your comps using the FontShop Plugin for Adobe Creative Suite.

Buyer’s Guide: LucasFonts EULA

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Started by Luc(as) de Groot in 2000, LucasFonts creates original and custom quality typefaces. TheSans, TheMix, and TheSerif are just a few of the select families now available in OpenType at FontShop. Here are some highlights from their EULA.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to 5 computers and 1 printer at a single geographic location.
  • You can take a document with the embedded font to commercial printer or service bureau for printing.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the font with users that do not have a license for the same font.
  • You cannot embed the font into a Website or Application.

See LucasFonts 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 Fontsmith.

Buyer’s Guide: New Search

FontShop recently launched a new feature that changes the way search works on the site. We wanted to make it easier for you to scan the results and quickly narrow down your search visually.

Let’s go over the changes so that you can optimize your search results. For this example, we will be searching for the font Blender by Gestaltensearch-for-blenderWhen you search for a font you will bring up a page that shows the family or families that a particular font belongs to. For clarification, a family is a collection of related typefaces which share common design traits, common name, and are from the same foundry.

Blender is associated with only one family, which is made of up 100 items and that includes webfont options. To view all the items available for Blender you can click on See Family.

family-pagesAt the top of the family page there are multiple sort options, including product and format to help narrow down the results even more. This is especially helpful on large families. For instance, if you know that you are looking for an OpenType format, filter the family results with the OpenType format button.

If you need to search for a single font then I recommend filtering the products by singles, font format, and sorting by weight and width. We’ll go over searching for singles in depth in the next guide.

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

Buyer’s Guide: TypeTogether EULA

TTGVeronika Burian and José Scaglione started TypeTogether in 2006 after meeting at the University of Reading in the UK. The foundry focuses on creating innovative and stylish solutions to old problems for the professional market of text typefaces with a focus on editorial use. With a diverse collection of fonts, like Bree and Maiola, the foundry has become a household name among editorial designers. Here are a few highlights from TypeTogether’s EULA.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to 5 users in 1 geographic location.
  • You can take a temporary copy of the font to a commercial printer or service bureau for printing or viewing your document.
  • You can use the font to create a logo.

Restrictions

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

See TypeTogether 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 LucasFonts.

Buyer’s Guide: New Fonts Page

Looking for new fonts? If you follow the FonShop blog, then you may have noticed that we mention new fonts every Tuesday. And since our team loves to create lists, we made the ultimate list of just new fonts. Bookmark the New Fonts page and keep updated on latest fonts that FontShop carries.

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Buyer’s Guide: exljbris EULA

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In 2008 exljbris released it’s first commercial typeface, Museo, with several weights offered for free. This strategy worked well, turning Museo into a bestseller. The foundry has continued to add additional typefaces, such as Anivers and Fertigo, with free weights. Below are some highlights from their EULA.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to the maximum number of simultaneous users specified in the applicable license, starting with 1 users.
  • You may provide the font to a designer, printer, or other service bureau that is exclusively working on your behalf only if they agree to the terms of the original license and retain no copies of the font software on completion of the work.
  • Non-editable embedding is allowed.

Restrictions

  • You cannot distribute the font or make it accessible to third parties beyond the scope of the original license.
  • You cannot embed the font into software or hardware products.

See exljbris 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 TypeTogether.

Buyer’s Guide: Family Pages

New family pages are here and they have some great features that you should be aware of. But first let’s define what we mean when we mention the term family.

A family is a collection of related typefaces which share common design traits, common name, and are from the same foundry.

When you look at a family page you’ll be able to filter by product, format, and a series of popular sortable list. For this example, we’ll use Univers.

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Singles will show you all styles that are available within the family. Packages with show you groups of those styles that are available. All will show you both singles and packages.

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If you know the format you need to license your fonts in, then you can choose those formats here. Other includes legacy formats like PC PostScript and Mac PostScript. All will show you every format available.

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You can also sort by Bestsellers, Weight and Width, Price, and Name.

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: Emigre EULA

EFounded by Zuzana Licko and Rudy VanderLans, Emigre is a digital type foundry and publisher of the design journal Emigre magazine. Based in Northern California, Emigre was there, in the eye of the storm, when the Macintosh computer was first introduced in 1984. As part of a small group of believers, Emigre used the restrictions of low resolution output to create inventive new typeface designs and layouts. Here are some EULA Highlights you’ll want to keep in mind if when you’re licensing Mrs Eaves, Solex and/or any of their other wonderful fonts.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up to 5 devices at 1 location.
  • You may extend your license to support more devices and additional locations.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the font with users that do not have a license for the same fonts.
  • You cannot embed the font on websites, flash, or within applications without additional licensing.
  • You cannot distribute the font files outside of the licensed location without additional licensing.

See Emigre 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 exljbris.

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.

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