Fontlab to Demo FlashFonter at ATypI Vancouver

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As Flash websites have proliferated some typographers have taken to creating special pixel-based TrueType fonts which render cleanly and sharply at low resolution on such sites. Craig Kroeger, of miniml.com, gave a demonstration of this technique at TypeCon 2003. Such fonts act like bitmap fonts in that they are not anti-aliased and turn on specific pixels in a grid when displayed at the size for which they were designed.

The Fontlab guys were so impressed with this idea that they immediately sat down and hammered out a Python plug-in for FontLab that largely automates the process of creating one of these fonts. The plug-in, tentatively named FlashFonter, will quickly and easily create a "pixel-font" TrueType font for a specific pixel grid size from any installed TrueType font. No more fuzzy fonts
in Flash!

Yuri Yarmola of Fontlab will demo the first version of the plug-in at the Fontlab show and tell hour on Sunday, 28 Sept. at ATypI, Vancouver.

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