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FontBook 3.0.1 Has Arrived

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Just before the new year, we hit you with FontBook 3.0, bringing the world of type to your pocket. You can now find an update to FontBook in the App Store which includes bug fixes and some additional features.  FontBook 3.0.1 is free for current users. A full list of updates is below:

  • New UI font, including kerning
  • Class category change to “Cs” (was Cl)
  • Redesigned UX elements and icons
  • Imprint: text changes
  • Enlarged touch areas for green pull tabs
  • Editable Favorites list
  • Faster font family view renderings
  • Bug fixes

10 New Things About FontBook 3.0

We hope you’ve had as much fun as we have playing with the new version of FontBook this week. Thanks for making it the #2 reference app in the App Store within 24 hours of release!

Welcome to new users of the app. If you’ve been loving FontBook for awhile, here’s a summary the goodies we added this go ’round:

  1. FontBook is now universal and runs on iPad 2 (and later), iPad Mini, iPhone 4 (and later) and iPod touch (4th gen. and later)
  2. Adapted user interface for iPhone
  3. Favorites and preferences sync between devices via iCloud
  4. New font class “Non-Western”
  5. 150 new font families with more than 1800 fonts
  6. 16 new type foundries
  7. New app icon
  8. iPhone only: search filters (class, designer, year, foundry)
  9. iPhone only: customizable one-liner sample text
  10. iPhone only: result pages as list view
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Left: The FontBook App homepage offers the familiar access to the world of type: class, designer, year, foundry and usage. Right: Filters supply even more precise search results, for example “All geometric Sans typefaces from Font Bureau, please!”

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Left: One of four type sample pages of a selected type family, in this case the sans serif Nobel. Right: All typefaces marked as favorites at a single glance, with editable sample text.

Happy Birthday FontBook: Thank YOU

On the eve of FontBook App for iPad’s first birthday, we can’t wrap up this week’s series without extending a big THANK YOU to the over 25,000 (that’s 50,000 font-ogling eyeballs) of you who have downloaded the app in the last year. Now close your eyes, make a wish, and tell us in the comments what you’d like to see in FontBook’s future!

Happy Birthday FontBook: Watching Our Baby Grow

Obviously Saturday’s birthday is a huge milestone for FontBook. But do you recall that the FontBook app grew up quite a bit in its first year?

Around five months, FontBook 2.0 emerged, adding 250 new families, a news stream, automatic updates, better bookmarking and more. In April, with the release of the Retina Display iPad, FontBook got a shiny new look. We’ve loved watching our baby change over the past 12 months. We hope you have too!

Happy Birthday FontBook: What Do You Use FontBook For?

As we celebrate FontBook‘s birthday this week, we want to hear from you. Today’s question: what do you mostly use the FontBook app for iPad for?

Something else? Tell us in the comments.

Happy Birthday FontBook: A Year of Awards

Coming up on its first birthday, we’re so proud that the FontBook app for iPad has made such a splash this year! A quick recap of the recognition this mobile typeface compendium has garnered since July 2011:

We’re not resting on our laurels though, as FontBook enters toddlerhood, we’ll see what it can do!

Feeling the FontBook App Love

Venus in transit yesterday must’ve made the internet fall in love all over again with FontBook app for iPad.

We were super excited to be named Smash App’s app of the day this morning, which definitely put a smile on our faces. Then this afternoon Wired lists FontBook as one of its 10 Essential Apps for Makers. That resulted in some joyous office clapping.

The app’s about to celebrate its first birthday, so we’re happy that it continues to be a useful and essential resource for the design community. We didn’t stop there and continue to innovate and create more tools to make your life easier. As we told you in today’s newsletter, we’re thrilled that our plugin now supports both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow for a closer look.

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.

FontBook 2.1 at Full Resolution on Retina Display

The FontBook team has just given us word that FontBook 2.1 is up for sale in the App Store. FontBook 2.1 takes full advantage of the new iPad’s beautiful Retina display, with double the resolution and four times the pixel density of iPad 2. The new iPad’s brilliant, high-contrast display becomes a suitable substrate upon which FontBook’s specimens reveal the character of their faces. At its high resolution, even type samples set at text sizes approach the crispness of the printed page.

Find FontBook 2.1 for the new iPad at the App Store, or learn more about it at fontbook.com.

Email me the Fonts

To make it easier for you to get what you’re looking for on fontshop.com, we’ve added a new delivery option when you buy something. You can download, or now email yourself the fonts. This comes in handy especially when you’re browsing the site from a mobile device, or when you’re ready to buy something after looking it over in the new FontBook.

Selecting the Email option sends the zip file to the address listed in your account. If it’s a big file, (over 10MB) the email option is disabled for that product, but the site works the same as always; Whatever you’ve paid for but haven’t downloaded yet will be waiting for you the next time you log in.
When you choose the email option, here’s what the delivery message looks like:

You can take it from here. Thanks for following our work to put great type into the hands of great designers.

Final Four Compete

Final Final Final Final
40 Frutiger 35 FF DIN 34 Fedra Serif B 37 FF Tisa
13 Sweet Sans 18 Interstate 18 Premiéra 17 FF Unit Slab

Only four contenders left, and only two spots in the championship; Let the games begin!

Frutiger vs. FF DIN

Fedra Serif B vs. FF Tisa

You can get a closer look at these faces by following the links in the headers, or by exploring the families in FontBook. FontBook for iPad available in the App Store. More information is at fontbook.com.

All polls close at midnight (Pacific).

FontBook 2.0 is Here!

Planning on spending your post-holiday weekend curled up on the couch? Make sure you upgrade to FontBook for iPad 2.0 and we’ll make sure you’re entertained until Monday.

If you already have FontBook installed, just do an update from the App Store. Don’t have it? Now’s the time to check out this acclaimed app. Read all about its new features over at the FontFeed and watch the video below:



Tell us what you think in the comments section!

App Store Rewind 2011 Features FontBook App for iPad

We may open our champagne before New Year’s in these parts. We were recently thrilled to learn that App Store just named FontBook for iPad the best of the iPad Reference category in App Store Rewind 2011 in the US. (Make sure to toggle to the iPad button).

We look forward to sharing more FontBook news in 2012, but a huge congrats to the team who launched it into the world this past summer.

 

Five Ways to Impress Your Typography Teacher This Semester

Heading back to the classroom this fall? Forget putting an apple on the desk. Here are some sure-fire ways to impress both your instructors and classmates using tools from FontShop.

5. Readily reference your summer reading from the FontShop Education pages.

4. Design your online portfolio using webfonts. Won’t your professor be impressed when your gorgeous site shows up in search results?

3. Bring up new fonts highlighted in FontShop’s twice monthly newsletters in class discussion.

2. Constantly refer to alternatives for common typefaces and the perfect font for every project.

1. Preload your iPad with the FontBook app, impress your instructor and wow your classmates. And, of course, let us know if you get any dates through showcasing 620,000 type specimens in your lab.

FontShop Friday Five: Welcome to August

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.

August is Here with a New Newsletter

Did you miss our latest newsletter on Wednesday? Read it here. Then check out the great new selections from TypeTrust, Red Rooster, Alias, Emigre and Dalton Maag. You can subscribe to newsletters on this page to get this font deliciousness in your inbox twice a month.

Join the FontShop Team

We’re hiring in San Francisco! Join us as a Systems Admin & Architect or Entry-level Sales/Support Representative. Learn a little more about our customer support team here.

Let Us Be Your Resource

Did you know about our Education section or student discount? Learn about our resources here. FontBook can also be a great resource for those learning about type. Check out an interactive way to learn about classes and subclasses for each typeface.

On the FontFeed

Yves Peters highlights a new mini-documentary on type and the 2012 Typodarium. And don’t forget, you can win tickets to TYPO London!

Visual, Meet Virtual

On August 24, FontShop San Francisco is hosting a designer meetup with a twist. We’ve partnered with the Storek Building to create Visual Meets Virtual, an opportunity for designers and developers to connect on projects. There will also be pizza, beer and fun.

Friday Five Fonts:  Packard New Style by Red Rooster and Rhythm by TypeTrust

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