Font Software [Collection] CDs

longlegzs80's picture

I know adobe has a great font CD collection, but they are very very expensive. I am trying to find a font software for a PC computer that has a good variety of fonts, and not those cheesy fonts either. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what sites to look on or what specific cd I should look for?

William Berkson's picture

If you are still attached to a College, the 'Adobe Type Classics for Learning' is an amazing bargain. Bitstream I believe also has reasonably priced CD type collections.

Thomas Phinney's picture

If you're not eligible for educational pricing, then check out our "Adobe Type Basics OpenType Edition." There are some cheesy display fonts in here, but also a lot of good solid classic text faces, and some fairly innovative newer stuff (Blue Island, Nyx).



Nick Shinn's picture

Bitstream's Type Odyssey 2.

It's pretty comprehensive of the classics, although some of them are peculiarly renamed. there is some cheese, but also a large "taster" from a bunch of contemporary foundries.

Hildebrant's picture

Thomas --

I have always wanted to use Nyx for something, but have not run across the right opportunity yet.

Curious, has anyone seen anything done with it? Examples?


Thomas Phinney's picture

I've seen Nyx used in advertising once or twice, and once on a book cover.


meredithalix's picture

I think Blue Island, for a novelty, is delicious. I'm waiting for the right design project to come along so I can buy & use it.

myoung's picture

a bit of a tangent, but I'm a student and have been thinking about buying the type classics for learning for some time now. Mainly because I need at least one good expert text family, with short caps and such,

But I also just ordered InDesign, does anyone know if InDesign includes any type families on the install CDs?

Thomas Phinney's picture

Yes, InDesign does include a number of fonts. I posted the list of fonts bundled with InDesign CS <a href="">here</a>.


Nick Shinn's picture

That's an impressive list, you could do some serious typography with those.

There are a variety of serif classics, full family, but Myriad is the only sans, and only in the Condensed.

One thing missing from the Adobe CDs, and Bitstream, are pixel fonts.

Thomas Phinney's picture

The list gets much better if you buy the full Creative Suite (or even just Illustrator). Then you get a lot more of the Myriad Pro family.

Don't ask me to explain why InDesign CS only has the Condensed for Myriad. <yodavoice>Mysterious are the choices of font bundling, yes....</yodavoice>


union's picture


Check out it is 38 fonts for $42 and the best bit is the whole thing is a charity project to raise the money to build two orphanages for kids with Aids in Africa.

It may not be a full font collection, but it is a very cost effective and charitable way to add to your font collection.


Miss Tiffany's picture

It is always a safe bet to watch the Specials and Collections at MyFonts.

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