Font Tracking Software

JohnP68's picture

As many of you are aware Getty images have sophisticated software for finding their photos online. So my question is... Does any similar software exist for typefaces? Can any program be ran to find the shape of a glyph across the internet?

George Thomas's picture

Anything is possible, but finding the shape of a glyph on the internet? Highly unlikely considering the cost to do such a thing.

hrant's picture

You can much more easily crawl the Internet and detect webfont usage on sites, no?

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Core0's picture

It is possible to design a search engine that looks for the mathematical fingerprint of a font. At least with OTF (PostScript or TrueType flavor) this could work. There are descriptions of the vectors and mapping available, which would increase chances of similarity. It wouldn’t be too costly to program such a search engine. The question is more, is it worth the effort? Because it’s a niche use case product. It would require you to have the original font to begin with, so what would be the actual application for general use?

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