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For those who are unaware, Igino Marini has developed what he calls "Ikern," a program/service/concept that generates kerning for type. According to most everything I've read about it, the entity that is "Ikern" works quite well. But it raises questions for me.
First (and should he visit this site perhaps he could provide a response), Mr. Marini has been particularly vague when it comes to, well, pretty much everything other than generic explanations of the hows and whys of IKern, choosing instead to focus more on the positive reviews given by designers for whom IKern has been successful.
Since these are designers I would tend to believe, I can only assume Mr. Marini has developed what to some could be an extremely valuable program/service/concept. The only problem is, as of today IKern is still very much the man behind the curtain. And as far as I can tell, the only real way to find out anything about it is to contact Mr. Marini directly via email.
Am I the only person who feels uncomfortable about this? All I really want to know are the essentials: is this or will this become "software," available for purchase at some point? If it's a "service" only, what are the costs? What is the turnaround time? How in general terms does the program/service work?
I also am one who believes Mr. Marini has created something that stands a chance of becoming quite successful in a variety of ways, but for my own personal reasons I simply don't feel comfortable going on fishing expeditions, regardless of how friendly the fish might be. Not just in this case, but at all. Therefore, does anyone have the kind of basic information on IKern I've asked above?
Additionally, if IKern was able to produce quality results - and I have no reason to doubt it does - would it be something you'd use? Would you buy it if it was released as software? I just find the whole thing intriguing but strangely mysterious.