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I installed the font, and had no problem using it with both MS Word 2007 and MS Word 2000. I was, however, unable to view the Font Info, when I opened it with Studio 5, (I also couldn't expand the glyph windows).

Since debramseyer mentioned Times New Roman as the text display, she's probably using a version of Word prior to 2007, or the default display would be Calibri.

One possibility is that the font has been installed, but was not selected before or after the text was typed. That would explain why the text might appear in Times New Roman. If the text appears correctly in a Word Processor, but prints as Times new Roman, that would be an issue with the embedding settings, and probably intentional, on the part of the author. Unfortunately, I can't confirm the embedding settings, because they're in the Font Info, that I can't access. I couldn't figure out how to access the embedding settings information in FontCreator.

It's very smart of you to not be looking for fonts that you already have, unless you are looking for them on your own computer.

For Script fonts available at DaFont that you might not have, look in the Themes, under "Script", for links to the subsections.

Edited 2 times. Last edit on Aug 12, 2013 at 21:38 by fmontpetit

Aug 12, 2013 at 21:26  [reply]  Question about Donationware

StaciB, Donationware usually means that the purchase of a license for the commercial use of the font is optional, and/or the author is equipped to receive payment, (ie: he/she has an active Paypal, or similar account, to which donations can be made), and/ or the amount of payment is variable, and/or the recommended payee is not necessarily the font author.

Donationware fonts will almost always have the terms of use included in the font header, in a read me document, or in the 'Note of the Author' section on the font's details page. In many cases, the author will allow free use of the font for minor commercial use, but would expect a large corporation to make a donation, in a reasonable amount. The author may also request that commercial users donate an amount of their choice to a favoured charity, such as Doctors Without Borders, or an animal shelter.

In contrast, Free for Personal Use fonts generally have a fixed price to obtain a commercial use license. FFPU fonts may also have usage restrictions built into the font, if one has not purchased the 'full version'. For example, the FFPU version may have fewer symbols, punctuation, accented characters or ligatures, or there may be restrictions on whether text displayed in a word processor can be printed.

You're best to read the specific terms of use for the font(s) you plan to use. There is no 'hard and fast' rule that applies to any license type not designated as Free or Public Domain.

See ScanFont 5:

Note that ScanFont 5 is a plug-in for other FontLab softwares, unlike ScanFont 3, which is a stand alone font editor and, unfortunately, no longer for sale.

How would you expect ANYONE to be able to help you with this, when you don't tell us which font(s) you plan to use? Do you think there is one answer to your questions that would apply to every font? Smarten the fuck up!

Aug 03, 2013 at 01:38  [reply]  What does this mean ?

ThirdDimension, Lobster is a donationware font, meaning that you can use it commercially, without paying anything to the author, but you also can make a donation of any amount to the author or his chosen payee.

Why would someone pay for the font, if they don't have to? It depends on who wants to use it. If it's a regular Joe making a flyer, he may chose to pay nothing. If it's a magazine or a large corporation, they may make a sizable donation, if they would otherwise have had to purchase a license for an existing commercial font, or if they would have had to pay a graphic designer to create an equivalent custom text. The commercial model is based on the user's financial means, and the value they place on their use of the author's work.

This is all based on the assumption that the designer, Pablo Impallari, has not changed the licensing terms since the font was initially released.

The 'Apache' license he uses also allows users to modify glyphs, (but why would you want to?), so presumably, if you needed an accented character that is not already included in the font, you would be allowed to create one, based on a glyph already in the font.

Jul 25, 2013 at 02:54  [reply]  Dark 11 Free or not??

Jul 22, 2013 at 07:13  [reply]  No Licensing Info!

No, Bright Eyes is Charleton Heston/ Taylor in Planet of the Apes, (1968). He won't die until the Earth explodes in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, almost two thousand years from now.

Jul 22, 2013 at 02:07  [reply]  Mary Poppins

Check your private messages, Susan D.

Jul 22, 2013 at 02:03  [reply]  No Licensing Info!

It's very possible that someone other than Bright Ideas may have submitted the Bright Ideas fonts to Dafont. That would explain why there are no designer details nor licensing terms shown.

alr said  (view post)
Metaphasebrothel, the above statement does make sense. However while this author says his/her font is free, when you download there is a copyright saying "all rights reserved". Since I am obtaining a font for commercial use, it would behoove me to make sure that it is indeed legally available for commercial use. I would rather take the time to find out now then fight a lawsuit in the future. Also, I am not the only one who has been confused by the info given for this particular font as I see others on the comment section looking for clarification as well. So with all of this said, do you or at this point anyone have any information on how to contact JW//Type?

Ps. thank you Koelekat for understanding my initial inquiry.

If a font is designated as Free at DaFont, it means that you don't have to pay anything to the designer to use it commercially.

If conditions are attached to the use of a font at DaFont, the author will indicate this when chosing the licensing terms. Information about the terms of use will appear in the font header, or in a supplemental read me/ license file, or in the note of the author.

For Free fonts at DaFont, if there are no specified restrictions stated, you have been given implied consent to use the work for personal AND professional purposes.

These guidelines do not necessarily apply if you download a font on a fly by night site, because many of those sites take their content from DaFont, almost always without the consent of the designer. They frequently remove license/ read me/ graphics files, and only make the .ttf or .otf file available.

In the case of Aaaiight!, the font author could not sue you for unauthorized commercial use, because it was the author who designated the work as free, when it was submitted. He made a free software file, for people who use and collect fonts. Maybe his fonts are skill-testing-question ware, ie: they are free to use, provided that the user understands the meaning of FREE, without further clarification.

All rights reserved just means that the font is not in the public domain, so while he does not charge you to use the font, you do not have the right to charge someone else for its use. You also do not have the right to create a knock off of his font, listing yourself or another entity as the holder of the intellectual property.

Aaaiight! is a Free font. That means you don't need to contact the author to use it. Maybe that's why he doesn't answer his comments.

If you were inquiring about a different Free font, the answer would be the same. If you were inquiring about a Free for Personal Use, Shareware, Donationware or Commercial font, the answer would always be different.

1) JPEG images are useless, because they use too many colours. Your source images need to be in black and white, or in colours that will turn black and white, if saved as a monochrome image.

2) No one is going to show you how to make changes someone else' font. The person who made the font wanted it to be the way it is.

3) It takes considerably more than five minutes to edit a font glyph.

Edited on Jul 19, 2013 at 00:55 by metaphasebrothel

It would have been a good idea if you had mentioned the name(s) of the font author(s) you're trying to contact, because there couldn't possibly be a single answer to cover a question so broad. It shouldn't have been necessary to point that out.

That's probably why no one is stepping up to help you.

Jul 18, 2013 at 04:42  [reply]  KG Flavor and Frames Two

I think that's intentional. It lets you type text inside the frames. I don't think you're supposed to type frames on top of each other.

Jul 17, 2013 at 00:36  [reply]  Is this illegal?

It's quite common on DeviantArt to find well known fonts retitled to match with an easily recognizable commercial use. For example, the font Onyx,

renamed Nirvana, because it was used on the Nevermind CD.

Menhir said  (view post)
Of course not, this is not a scam. It is quite normal for someone to ask a stranger to make a financial transaction of millions. This is natural.

Not scam, Spam. Spam is junk messages/e-mail, named after the English canned meat-like food product.

Jul 14, 2013 at 18:46  [reply]  Compressed files

You might need to install a newer version of your archiving app, (winrar, winzip, 7z, etc.). That's usually the solution, when some people are having this problem, but others are not.

If your intention is to make a nice piece of clipart with Illustrator, you need take things no further.

If you want to make a nice font, your Illustrator image is only a source, not a finished image. Spend less time perfecting the source graphic, and spend more time editing that source graphic with the font editor. No matter how detailed your source is, it will not import without some distortion. I'm not even sure that the source graphic and the vector will be of identical size - mine get reduced by about 6%, when importing.

There's an easy way to tell. using Microsoft Word. Generate a source graphic at the size you expect to be 72 points. After generating the fonts, install and select it. Add the source graphic to a Word doc, (insert -> Image -> From file), then type the font glyphs next to it at 72 points, and compare sizes.

gigagrother said  (view post)

Frankly, having inspected modern fonts here and there, I think the editors are very problematic to use and most of those fonts, if correct for small weight, look dreadfull once enlarged. I don't see how shapes can ever go perfectly right with that grid system, tell me if i am wrong...

The source graphic you make with Illustrator is only the starting point, if you want to make a good quality font. In ScanFont 3, which I use, the vector can be enlarged to the extent that changes can be made, equivalent to 1/96th of an inch at 864 points, (equivalent to 1/6912 of an inch/ about 1/2720 of a centimeter, at 72 points). Trying to judge things like parallel lines by eye is not going to give you accurate results, when the vector in enlarged, or reduced in size. Think of it like dividing numbers, but with a remainder, rather than a decimal, if the quotient is not a whole number. Example: You create a line that is supposed to have a slope of 3:1, but it's slightly off, (3,019/1,003), so the actual value is 3.00997:1, or slightly less than 1% error. The font editor will spread the excess value of 10 over the 1,003 distance, and the error will be almost impossible to notice. If you make the image 20% as large, the excess of 10 will be spread over about 251, making the error percentage 4%, instead of 1. Sometimes that 1/ 6912 variation at 72 points will be very noticeable at some, but not all, smaller point sizes, particularly with a straight horizontal or vertical line. The font editor will realize that the line is not exactly straight, and will assume that you wanted it to be that way. The font editor has no capacity for intuition; it doesn't correct your mistakes, it assumes that your mistakes are correct, and adjusts accordingly.

Many fonts are designed specifically to be used within a certain point size range. There aren't many script fonts that look good below 18-24 points, and there aren't many bitmap fonts that look good at larger than 72 points.

Don't blame the font editor, when fonts don't scale well. Blame the person who edited the font.

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