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  1. Font formats

    We provide three different file packages for all three license types:
    Desktop: otf-files
    Web: ttf-files (in most cases we also provide woff, woff2, eot files)
    App: ttf-files

  2. OpenType fonts (otf-files)

    In the late 1990s, Adobe and Microsoft joined to make a font format known as OpenType. It became widely used several years later, after Adobe included support for advanced typographic features in InDesign, PhotoShop and Illustrator applications. OpenType fonts support Unicode, which means that a single OpenType font can contain more than 65,000 glyphs. A single font can be used to set texts in various languages, English, Czech, Russian, Greek or Esperanto. OpenType fonts are cross-platform, which means they should work the same on both Mac and Windows computers. Of course, not all OpenType fonts contain thousands of characters. In fact, most of the available OpenType fonts on the market are converted PostScript fonts, that contain only 256 glyphs. We offer fonts with broad language support, that covers all major languages.

  3. TrueType fonts (ttf-files)

    The Truetype is an Apple and Microsoft concoction, developed back in 1991, some years after the release of the PostScript Type 1 font format. It was never popular among designers, despite the fact that most of the system fonts on both Mac and Windows computers are TrueType. This format defines curves differently from PostScript fonts and allows for the rendering of outlines using a hinting process, which improves the appearance of TrueType fonts on low-resolution output devices, such as computer monitors and low-resolution printers. Hinting uses a powerful set of instructions to achieve superior on-screen legibility similar to that of handmade bitmap fonts, but with the option to scale the fonts to any size. Unfortunately, incorporating hinting into the font is very time-consuming, and only a few fonts take advantage of this technology. As a result, the average TrueType font appears to display with less quality on-screen than the corresponding PostScript one.

  4. Web Open Font Format (woff and woff2 files)

    The Web Open Font Format (woff and it later version woff2) is a font format developed in 2009, and is used in web pages. The Web Open Font Format is essentially OpenType or TrueType with compression and additional metadata. The goal is to support font distribution from a server to a client over a network with constrained bandwidth. The format uses special compression, which typically results in a file size reduction from the TrueType format of over 40% Like OpenType fonts, WOFF supports both PostScript and TrueType outlines for the glyphs.

    The format has been backed by many of the main font foundries and is supported by all major browsers.

    woff 2.0 is based on the Brotli compression algorithm and has other improvements over woff 1.0, giving more than a 30 % reduction in file size.

  5. Embedded OpenType (eot-files)

    Embedded OpenType fonts are a compact form of OpenType fonts designed by Microsoft for use as embedded fonts on web pages. They are supported only by Microsoft Internet Explorer, as opposed to competing woff-files.

    The font files are made small in size by use of subsetting (only including the needed characters), and by data compression. Like otf fonts, eot supports both Postscript and TrueType outlines for the glyphs.

  6. Scaled Vector Graphics (svg-files)

    type.today does not provide svg-files by default. Please, let us know if you need such files.

  7. How to install fonts on Mac OS X:

    1. Close all applications before installing fonts.
    2. Go to Finder and open the folder that contains the fonts you wish to install.
      Make sure that the fonts are unarchived.
    3. Select all font files for the fonts you want to install, then double-click on any selected file. Font Book, the Mac OS font manager, will open a preview window for each font.
      • Drag each font to the Computer icon in the Collections panel, if you want the font to be available to all user accounts on the computer.
      • Drag each font to the appropriate User icon if you want the font to be available exclusively to that particular user.
      • Alternatively, you can click the Install Font button to install the font to the default location specified in Font Book > Preferences.

    Fonts located in /UserName/Library/Fonts are available to a particular user, but not to any other users with separate logins for the same machine.

    Fonts located in /Library/Fonts are available to all local users of the machine.

    Fonts installed in /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts (during installation of an Adobe application) are only available to Adobe applications. To make them available to other applications, move them to /Library/Fonts or /UserName/Library/Fonts.

  8. How to install fonts in Windows:

    1. Make sure that the fonts you want to install are unarchived before you begin.
    2. Choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalisation > Fonts.
    3. Right click on the list of fonts and choose ʻInstall New Fontʼ.
    4. Locate the fonts you want to install.
    5. Select the fonts to install. To select more than one font, hold down the CTRL key while clicking on the font files. If you accidentally click on a file you do not wish to install, hold down the CTRL key and click on it again to de-select it. To select a list of adjacent fonts, select the first font in the list, press the SHIFT key, then select the last font in the list. All of the fonts in between will be selected.
    6. Click OK to install the fonts.
  9. How to install fonts in Windows XP and older versions:

    1. Make sure that the fonts you want to install are unzipped before you begin.
    2. In versions prior to Windows XP, Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel. In Windows XP, choose Start > Control Panel.
    3. Double-click the Fonts folder. If you donʼt see a Fonts folder in Windows XP, please switch the control panel to Classic Mode.
    4. Choose File > Install New Font.
    5. Locate the fonts you want to install.
    6. Select the fonts to install. To select more than one font, hold down the CTRL key while you click on the font files. If you accidentally click on a file you do not wish to install, hold down the CTRL key and click on it again to deselect it. To select a list of adjacent fonts, select the first font in the list, press the SHIFT key, then select the last font in the list. All of the fonts in between will be selected.
    7. To copy the fonts to the Fonts folder, make sure the Copy fonts to the Fonts folder check box is selected.
    8. Click OK to install the fonts.
  10. Font Management Software

    We don’t recommend that you use font management software, since there have been various reported issues with Suitcase, FontReserve, FontAgent and FontBook. Installing fonts directly into your system is still the most reliable way to use them. If we had to recommend a font manager, we would suggest using Linotype Font Explorer X, since it is known to be reliable for Windows and Mac.

  11. Fonts not available in applications

    If you have successfully unpacked and installed the fonts, but the fonts are still not available, try the following tips:

    1. You may need to restart the application after new fonts are installed.
    2. Carefully look through the entire font menu, in Mac OS X, the order may not be strictly alphabetical; some fonts may appear at the end of the font list.
    3. Check a different application to see if the font works there. Some software may have special requirements for font installation, so consult the manual.
    4. Reduce the number of installed fonts, having too many can cause a problem.
    5. When all else fails, restart the computer. This caveman tactic often solves pesky computer issues.
    6. If you use fonts in Adobe applications (InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator), and the fonts are missing or appear corrupted, search your computer for all copies of the file AdobeFnt.lst (for example, Adobefnt01.lst ... Adobefnt12.lst) and delete them. The easiest method is to search your hard disk for all .lst files. Delete all found files, and then restart the Adobe application.

    For more details see this external link: http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=322050

  12. Style Linking

    Because most type.today fonts come in more than four styles, they donʼt support style linking in the way that Arial or Georgia does. Arial consists of four styles, and clicking on the B icon in your typesetting application changes the font to Bold style. Kazimir Text, however, consists of 22 styles, so clicking the B icon doesnʼt work in all styles except the Regular, (but switching to Italic by clicking the I icon works, since most of our styles contain italics).

    Microsoft Office works best with font families of four styles, so the I, B buttons can be clicked to access Italic and Bold.

  13. OpenType fonts in Quark XPress, FreeHand or Word

    While all OpenType fonts will work in nearly all existing software, only some applications take full advantage of OpenTypeʼs advanced layout features. Applications such as InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, QuarkXPress 7 (and higher), Word 2010 offer these options.

    Other applications such as QuarkXpress 6, FreeHand and older versions of Word only offer access to the first 256 glyphs of the fonts, ignoring the others. Kazimir Text, for example, includes over 1500 glyphs, so in these programs you will be only able to use about 20% of the fontʼs possibilities.

    [note] There is a bug in QuarkXPress 6 that reports that fonts are corrupted when they are not. The bug has been acknowledged by Quark.
    www.quark.com/service/desktop/support/techinfo/view.jsp?faq_id=386

  14. Reporting a font problem

    If you have a problem with type.today fonts, try restarting your computer first. We do test our fonts rigorously, so chances are that there is a problem with font installation. If you are using a font manager and the font still doesn’t work, try installing directly to the system instead.

    If the font still doesn’t work, please do get in touch. Please donʼt forget to mention exactly which fonts you use, how you installed them, which platform you use them on, and which applications they donʼt work in. Providing screenshots from your computer is very helpful. The more details we have, the easier it will be to help.

  15. What is Unicode?

    Unicode is an international computer standard for uniform representation of all the writing systems of the world. Unicode is the basis of most modern software internationalisation.

    Unicode Fonts FAQ