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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.

Celebrating a Year FontBook App for iPad!

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Believe it or not, the FontBook App for iPad is turning 1 this Saturday! Stay tuned to the blog this week as we look back at a terrific year (and maybe eat some cake).

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.

Touch Press Puts Mobile FontFonts to Good Use

London-based Touch Press publishes books and other collections in the new medium ushered in by the iPad. Among their titles you’ll find such successes as Theodore Gray’s The Elements and Marcus Chown’s Solar System. It’s a young company started by media producer Max Whitby and author Theodore Gray, built on the premise that our present idea of books and reading is due for a great transformation. When we found out Touch Press was using Mobile FontFonts for some of their newer releases, I immediately got in touch with them to find out more. I spoke with Matt Aitken, one of the designers, who was able to walk me through a few of the compositions, and talk type along the way.

The Barefoot World Atlas came first. The children’s atlas tells stories with audio narration, illustrations, objects and photographs, placed at points of interest about a revolving globe. Matt explained that typographically, it needed to closely match the feel of the printed edition. FF Duper and FF Tisa took up this task, adding to the playful presentation and all the while staying easily legible to children’s eyes.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy pairs the renaissance artist’s anatomical drawings with 3D models representing the best medical imaging presently achievable. One highlight of the app is its ability toggle between the original and the translated text in drawings. “We at first considered the idea of presenting these handwritten legends in a font that looked like handwriting, but after some thought, decided against using a style that somehow might mimic Leonardo’s writing. We instead went for something that stands off the page a bit, FF Celeste Sans.” The other main consideration was that these translations needed to be legible at small sizes. “The originals were all smaller than A4, and in some cases the writing is just tiny,” Matt explained. FF Celeste Sans works well for this purpose. It has sufficient graphic contrast from the rest of the material, but with its humanistic feel is still able to stay cohesive with the whole of the composition. The classical proportions and contemporary feel of FF Yoga set the tone of the app, used both in body text and user interface.

As Matt and I discussed Touch Press’s emphasis on great design, he brought up as one of his formative experiences an early collaboration with Hilary Kenna. “Hilary helped us to see the typography as such an integral part of telling the story.” Matt adds that since placing greater effort toward getting the type right, the company’s services have been all the more in demand. “Each one of our apps has a story in it. We work to make the typography beautiful and the whole experience great.”

Mobile FontFonts are licensed for embedding in Android and iOS apps. Browse our Mobile FontFonts. By the way—Where else have you seen Mobile FontFonts in use? Let us know.

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.

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!

Random Improvements

Browsing random typefaces just got a lot more fun and easy thanks to our Randomizer tool on FontShop.com. We’ve just launched a revised version of our Random Font Generator. It’s part of our ongoing effort to evolve past old ideas and offer new ways of interacting with our website.

This new version is the fastest and simplest way to discover new fonts on FontShop.com.

In addition to a more comprehensive sample of the randomly selected typeface, from our collection of over 150,000, some of the new features are:

  • Simple bookmarking of new fonts as favorites as you browse via the star icon. You can sort the results out later once you’re dizzy with font overload!
  • The Purchase Options tab is only one click away from the sample tab. When you come across the typeface that makes you scream “I MUST HAVE THIS NOW!”, it’s easy to snag.
  • Intuitive navigation via on-screen clicking, arrow keys or swipe gestures. The support of mobile devices, like iPad, is one of our major focuses for the future.
We hope you like these new features. Let us know your thoughts 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.

 

Using FontBook to Identify Type

It’s hard to believe that the FontBook app for iPad has been out for almost two months. While we’re glad to imagine all the ways it will be used out in the wild, we’re even more excited to hear them firsthand.

Type designer/engineer Dan Reynolds told us the story this morning of how FontBook helped him pin down a few faces for his talk at ATypI.

I was in a research library here in Germany, the old Prussian state library in central Berlin. I needed to identify some typefaces in a few reference books from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The library was too dark to take clear pictures, and you really aren’t allowed to photograph in there anyway. So I pulled out my iPad, and set a line of text in FontBook, comparing a bunch of different fonts. The three-fonts-at a time Compare screen is my favorite feature in the whole app. I was able to find everything out that I needed (including, for instance, whether one book was set in Linotype Times, Monotype Times New Roman, or Typoart’s Timeless).

We’re glad to have helped make it possible.

Has the FontBook app helped you find something you’re looking for?

Let us know in the comments!

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.

All The App That’s Fit to Print

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We know we’ve talked a lot about our new FontBook app lately. But we’re not the only ones! Check out our special edition July newsletter for some nice words from around the globe. We also have highlighted a couple of features cross-posted from the FontFeed.

What are your favorite parts of the app?

FontBook Features: Browse By Year

Now that we’ve unleashed the FontBook iPad app on the world, we want to take some time to show you all the goodies packed inside. Watch for our FontBook Features posts throughout the coming weeks. Also, remember if you have general questions about app, we’ll keep our FAQs documented here.

A stunning look at the typographic timeline can be found by clicking on “Year” on the homescreen on the app. You then have the ability to browse by century, then decade, then year as type progresses.

Drill in and you’ll see all typefaces created during that timeframe (or their modern equivalents).

This is a great route to take to a product page, especially if your design is trying to capture a certain era.

Have you browsed by year yet?

FontShop Friday Five: FontBook, Comp Fonts, Oh My!

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.

FontBook is Back

It may have physically slimmed down, but the new FontBook is bigger than ever with a mind-blowing 620,000 type specimens. Your burning questions are answered in our FAQs.

Wild Webfont News

In case you missed it, Web FontFonts underwent a major overhaul this week. Several new fonts have been added, files updated, and they now include comp fonts so you can mock up your site offline.

New FontFonts Are Here

Several new FontFonts arrived at FontShop this week, along with others that we’ll be highlighting soon. Check out all of our July new fonts here.

Jam-Packed Newsletter

Did you miss our latest newsletter on Wednesday? Read it here. You can subscribe to newsletters on this page to get this font deliciousness in your inbox twice a month.

Reminder: Tell Us What You Think

Don’t miss out on our 2011 Customer Survey! Click here to take the survey. All those who complete it by Friday, July 29 will receive a promo code for 20% off at FontShop!

Friday Five Fonts: FF Sero Pro by FontFont and FF Signa Serif Stencio Pro by Fontfont

FontBook Features: Beautiful Search

Now that we’ve unleashed the FontBook iPad app on the world, we want to take some time to show you all the goodies packed inside. Watch for our FontBook Features posts throughout the coming weeks. Also, remember if you have general questions about app, we’ll keep our FAQs documented here.

Today we want to point out the easy and beautiful search function built into the app. Just select the magnifying glass on the top bar on any page in the app. You can search by font family, designer or foundry. And remember the app is gorgeous in either portrait or landscape! Try it yourself and see how the samples auto-populate and rearrange as you refine your search.

Search by Foundry

Search by Font Family

Search by Designer

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