Category Archives: Font Support

Buyer’s Guide: Buying Fonts For Others

For those of you who have designers in your family or friends that would light up at the idea of some new swashes to play around with in Illustrator this holiday season, how about getting them a font that they’ve had their eye on? This may also be the chance to license some fonts for your parents to replace those dreaded system defaults on their old computer sitting in the living room at home.

If you’re thinking that licensing a typeface like Aranjuez Pro may be the best present for your loved ones, be sure that their name and address is under the Licensee Address information before placing your order — they will need to be licensed to use the font before you send it to them, so don’t forget to double-check this part!

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Once you’ve added the fonts to your cart and entered your payment information, you’ll be able to change the Licensee information when you review your order on the Order Confirmation page. The Licensee Address will default to the primary address listed in your account, so you’ll need to change it if it’s still under your name. A link to change the Licensee Address will be under the second section with the Address Information; when you click to edit the Licensee info, you’ll be able to enter the new information. Be sure to fill in all required details!

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When you’re done entering the new license address, click on the “Next” button and you’ll be able to complete your order. Since you’ll be getting the download link after completing your purchase, you’ll need to download the ZIP file with a copy of the EULA to give as a gift — send it off in an email the night before Christmas and wait for a fresh design with the newly licensed typeface!

Take a look at our Bestsellers and New Fonts to get some ideas of which fonts may be the best to gift this holiday season!

Buyer’s Guide: Get Help

Finding the perfect typeface for your project doesn’t have to be hard. We’ve loaded FontShop with lots of tools to help you with your journey and we’ll go over those tools in upcoming Buyer’s Guide posts. But if you need help right away, here are a few tips.

Need to find a quick answer about the fonts we license? Just click the HELP link, located on the top right corner of FontShop.

Are you trying to find a the name of the typeface your client is asking you to use, but you have no idea what it is? Send an image to Research for assistance.

Do you need a formal quote or would you like to pay by invoice? Contact Sales.

Have a general question, but you don’t know where to send it. That’s easy! Send it to Info.

FontShop is always here to help.

Finding Fonts that Speak Your Language

Typefaces don’t all talk the same. We’ve heard from you that more information about what languages individual fonts support can make a big difference in choosing which packages would best fit with the projects you’re working on.

We’re excited to announce we’ve launched a solution, it’s still beta, but you can see some new features in a few places.

Language tabs

Visit the product pages (e.g. Paratype’s Orbi Sans Multilingual) and there’s now a new tab which lists which languages are supported.  If you’re working with multiple or less commonly supported languages, you can make sure the single font you chose speaks the right one before you buy.

Sub-category pages

Pick a category (such as serif) and then filter the results based on language. This will return only those fonts that support the languages you’re seeking.

Bestsellers page

We’ve added an extra filter so you can now return just those results with that languages you use.

As always, if you have any suggestions on what changes to the site you’d like to see, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Buyer’s Guide: TrueType works with Macs

Some fonts on FontShop are unfortunately only available in PostScript and TrueType formats. While we generally recommend not purchasing PostScript fonts whenever possible, we understand that Mac users may be concerned about compatibility — don’t worry, TrueType works with Macs!

Although during checkout, the format options may be noted as “PC TrueType”, this format is in fact compatible with Macs. Mac users can install TrueType fonts on their computers. If you’re a Mac user running OSX, we recommend purchasing TrueType instead of Mac PostScript if OpenType is not an option since PostScript is a legacy format that may cause issues on newer computers. TrueType files end in .ttf which you can install and use on Macs.

Next week, we’ll go over the differences of the formats — stay tuned!

Buyer’s Guide: What is EOT and WOFF?

Webfont licenses allow your font to live on your website using the CSS @font-face rule and come in two formats; EOT and WOFF.

Internet Explorer uses EOT, Embedded OpenType, to render webfonts and it has been supported since version 4.0. While WOFF, Web Open Font Format, is supported by multiple browsers — and it is currently in the process of being standardized upon the recommendation of the W3C.

If you are new to webfonts then take a peek at FontShop’s Designers Guide to Webfonts, available on our education page. It’s great introduction and while you’re there you can brush up on your typography skills.


We also recommend downloading FontFont’s webfont user guide, available here, for more in-depth reading aimed at web developers and system administrators.

FontShop Plugin Now for Adobe Illustrator

In April we rolled out our free Fontshop Plugin, which allowed you try any of the 150,000+ fonts in our library within the context of your own artwork in Adobe Photoshop (CS5, CS5.5 and CS6) for free. We heard you loud and clear and are happy to announce that the plugin now supports Adobe Illustrator (CS5  and CS6) as well. This is a great new way to find the perfect typographic fit for your project.

Features:

  • Preview fonts in your document
  • Search by name, designer or foundry
  • Collect and tag favorite fonts

Get the plugin from our website at FontShop.com/plugin. If you’ve already got the previous version of FontShop plugin for Photoshop, be sure to uninstall it first through Adobe Extension Manager, then install the latest one. The new one works in both Photoshop and Illustrator.

The plugin page includes step-by-step instructions and FAQs on how to use this handy tool. If you have additional questions, we also have a help page on FontShop that should assist you. The plugin is still in beta, so please feel free to leave your feedback for our developers.

Have you used the plugin? What do you think?

 

Plug In to the PlugIn for a Chance to Win the FontBook App

Recently we told you about our new FontShop Plugin for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and even gave you some great tips.

Thanks for all those who’ve shared their experiences with us so far. We want to hear more. Have you used the plugin to help you select just the right font for a project? Did you discover a typeface you hadn’t even known existed? How has the tool made your design flow easier? Submit your story here by 11:59 PM (PDT) on Monday, April 30 and we’ll select our favorites to win a free download of the FontBook app for iPad.

Buyer’s Guide: FontShop Plugin Gems

Did you download the FontShop Plugin yet? Well here are some tips to help you use it in Adobe Photoshop CS5. I’ll go over two features to assist you in finding similar fonts and how you can use tags to help you compare typefaces in a single document.

First choose a typeface, for this example I’ve picked FF Tisa OT Bold Italic. Then click on the find similar icon which is highlighted in the image below.

You should get a list of similar fonts.

Add tags to the typefaces that you want to try out. If you want to string a few words together then use an underscore instead of spaces like in my example.

I know it’s hard to choose just one, but tagging multiples is as easy as clicking a few buttons.

Now you have a mini collection of similar fonts tagged in your Favorites section.

Once you’re ready to use the fonts then you can click on the tag and you’ll see a list that you can use to create multiple preview layers within a single document.

Please note that every time you create a preview, the visible text layer is turned off. So just turn on the text layer you want on to create a new preview layer. All preview layers are labeled with the name of the typeface that is being rendered.

Wasn’t that super easy? This plugin is amazing!

Theresa’s Tips: Optimize Web FontFonts with Subsetter

FontFont Subsetter is free tool that allows you to optimize your licensed Web FontFonts by stripping out glyphs and data that you don’t need. All you have to do is upload your licensed Web FontFont on Subsetter, choose how you want to customize it, then download your new web font. In three easy steps you’ll have leaner file that will help make your website faster, while optimizing bandwidth usage, and reducing high-traffic cost. Try it today!

Theresa’s Tips: Hosting Web FontFonts on Typekit

FontShop makes hosting Web FontFonts on Typekit easy.

When you purchase a license from FontShop for a Web FontFont you can self host the typeface, or you can take advantage of our partnership with Typekit. It’s just a simple click on the link we provide on your check out confirmation page. If you don’t have a Typekit account, then you can set up a plan that’s right for you. Please note that only Web FontFonts can be hosted on Typekit from FontShop.

Theresa’s Tips: Web FontFont licenses and how they work.

FontShop sells three different types of licenses: Desktop, Web, and Mobile. Here are some tips to help you with your Web FontFont purchase.

A license for a Web FontFont is based on the number of pageviews a single website has in a month, lets call them “pvm” for short. Once you place a web font into your cart, you can choose to purchase a license from three tiers: 500,000 pvm, 5 million pvm, or 50 million pvm. Please note that you can always extend your license to support additional pvm or request for a quote if you need to support more than 50 million pvm by contacting us.

Web FontFonts are licensed by the average pageviews per month of all the domains within the licensing organization.

All Web FontFonts come with three font files: Comp, EOT, and WOFF. The Comp file is an TrueType-flavored OpenType font that can only be used in the design phase of  website. A separate license is needed if you need to use the Comp files for any other purpose and the use of Comp files within a website is prohibited.

You can find all the web fonts we sell here and all FontFont’s EULAs hereHere are FAQ regarding web fonts.

Theresa’s Tips: FontShops and where they live

I’m back to offer some tips for you in 2012! My previous post went over the different sites FontShop is connected with, but did you know where all the FontShop offices live? No? Well, let’s clear that up right now.

There are four main FontShop offices and if you need help with anything you can contact your local FontShop for support.

FontShop AG – Supports all customers in Germany.
email: Info@FontShop.de
twitter: @Fontblog


FontShop BeNeLux
– Supports all customers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
email: Info@FontShop.be
twitter: @FontShopBeNeLux

FontShop Austria – Supports all customers in Austria.
email: Office@FontShop.at

FontShop San Francisco – Supports all North and South America, plus the rest of the world.
email: Info@FontShop.com
twitter: @FontShop

You can also give us a call!

Theresa’s Tips: Roll Call

You may be familiar with FontShop, but do you know about all the other sites that we’re connected with? If not, then here’s a brief introduction to them.

The FontFeed is a daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world. Eat up.

FontFont, our foundry, is the world’s largest library of original contemporary typefaces, such as FF DIN and FF Meta.

FontFonter is a web tool that allows you to render Web FontFonts on any website. Basically allowing you to test out a webfont on your site instantly, which is perfect when you want to show your client what their site could look like in a different typeface.

Subsetter is another great tool that helps you decrease the size of a Web FontFont. In three easy steps, you can optimize your Web FontFont at no cost to you. Read more here.

The latest addition is Mobile FontFonts and if you’re building an iOS App then you should start by checking these faces out.

Also, TYPO San Francisco will take place at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), April 5-6, 2012 centering around the theme Connect. So head on over to TYPO Talks for a taste of what to expect.

FontShop Friday Five: Inspire

We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

Inspiring April

TYPO Connect arrives in San Francisco this April. Register beginning December 1 for a conference that’s sure to inspire.

Inspiring Archives

Theresa’s Tips guides you through the archives on FontShop this week.

Inspiring Branding

David Sudweeks explains how to use typography across platforms to keep your brand consistent.

Inspiring Tunes

The latest installment of My Type of Musicis up on the Font Feed.

Inspiring Winners

Yves Peters takes us behind the ISTD International Typographic Awards 2011. Speaking of award winners, don’t forget you can save 10% off Letter.2 award winners on FontShop.com with promo code LETTER211 through November 30, 2011.

Friday Five Fonts: FF Strada by FontFont and Alwyn New Rounded by Moretype

Theresa’s Tips: Finding Inspiration

If you’re like me and need a bit of inspiration to get your creativity going, then FontShop has great archives you should check out.

Our Gallery has a curated collection of typefaces being used in the real world and is categorized based on the type of projects those images fall into. For example, you can choose to view all the images for packaging if you wanted. You can even submit images to our gallery using the bookmarklet tool.

If you ever missed a newsletter from FontShop or accidentally deleted one you were saving, don’t fret! We’ve stored all of our previous FontShop Newsletters here. Sign up to receive them, if you haven’t already. You don’t want to miss our Best of 2011 (and don’t forget to submit your suggestions for the chance to win a FontBook app for iPad).

Our education page is a favorite resource for students and educators. It provides typographic tips available in PDFs that you can download for free, which is nice when you need to brush up on terms.

Hope you enjoy our archives. Are we missing anything that may be useful to you? Let us know in the comments.

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