"Web-enabled"?!

Catharsis's picture

My recently released font "Octant" is listed on MyFonts' "Recent Fonts" page, but it never appears on the MyFonts front page in the "Recent Fonts" column. I've refreshed the page dozens of times, and have seen other fonts that were released at the same time as Octant show up regularly (e.g., Sjiq). I've asked MyFonts about this, and they said a font has to be "web-enabled" to appear on the home page.
How do I web-enable my font?! Any ideas? Is that a matter on MyFonts' side, or on mine?

I've already asked MyFonts, but they haven't responded yet. There are already 30 fonts that appeared after Octant since its release; if this reaches 50, it will no longer be a "Recent Font" and my opportunities to get some exposure on the home page will be over. >:(

Karl Stange's picture

Your font is only available for standard 'Desktop' licensing/usage as opposed to having the option to license it for web font usage as well. If you look under 'Buying Choices' for Slapjack for example, it is available for both 'Desktop' and 'Web Font' usage. I can only assume that this is what they mean...

Catharsis's picture

Yeah, I think that's what it means. But how can I make Octant available for web use? I don't suppose it's something I need to change about the OTF file?

Karl Stange's picture

Generating web font versions can be achieved in a number of ways. Font Squirrel offer a free online service which has a certain level of customisation but I would highly recommend testing the resulting formats before releasing them commercially. FontLab have just released a beta version of Trans Type 4 which has the ability to create web fonts, well WOFF and EOT anyway. FontForge is able to generate both WOFF and SVG fonts. Birdfont can generate both EOT and SVG fonts. There are also command line tools that can be set up to generate these formats and the page linked to below within the MyFonts site may help point you in the right direction:

http://www.webfonts.info/node/382

Catharsis's picture

Hi Karl,

thanks for your information!

Meanwhile, I got a reply from MyFonts. It seems I just have to fill in an online addendum to my contract in order to make my fonts available as webfonts. I have done that now, so I'm hoping the issue should be resolved soon...

Karl Stange's picture

Does that mean that they perform the conversion for you?

David Vereschagin's picture

Karl: Yes, MyFonts does the webfont conversion for you. And provides their own installation kit.

Karl Stange's picture

Thanks, David. Good to know.

hrant's picture

How does MyFonts do the conversion?

I just have to fill in an online addendum

It would be nice for them to alert you in advance.

hhp

Jackson's picture

MyFonts will not promote fonts that aren't available as webfonts from MyFonts.

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