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I'm sure every Web Site designer has, at one time or another, wanted to use special fonts in a web page without resorting to images which gooble up precious loading time . Bitstream has heard our pleas (begging?) and has come up with a pretty good solution. Although it is not yet perfect, it is a huge step in the right direction. (Be sure to see Fred's review of the Bitstream WebFonts package!)
How about being able to use almost any font you want on a web page ... even if the viewers don't have that font on their system? Add to this no plug-in* and you've got it made – you're in font heaven.
This wonder is WebFont Maker by Bitstream. It consists of WebFont Wizard, a tool for creating dynamic fonts for use on the Web, and Bitstream Font Navigator, an award-winning tool for managing fonts. (I have been using the Font Navigator for years before it was Bitstream and love it.) You also get a wonderful bonus of over 200 TrueType fonts and a sample pack of WGL4 (Windows Glyph List 4) fonts that you can use to record Western and PanEuropean characters.
My first concern was, “how long will it take to learn?” I don't know about you, but I sure don't have time to spend on a huge learning curve. You'll be relieved to hear that it took me only about a half hour to install, learn and set up the sample I have here for you.
Here is a brief summary of the process:
Then for each font you want to use:
That is pretty much all there is to it. Be sure to check out the System Requirements and what you need to use the WebFont Maker.
I used font tags to set my fonts. Just use the name of the embedded font (<font face="Slipstream"...> ). WebFont Maker also supports CSS. Instructions on how to use it in style sheets is included.
Not all True Type fonts can be embedded. The first one I tried was a True Type font but it said it could not be embedded. The next ones I tried worked fine. Just try the ones you want and see which fonts will cooperate. I went to their website to try and find a better solution and this is what I found:
So if you have both True Type and Postscript installed it is still the way I did it, trial and error.
Does all this sound too good to be true? What's the Catch? You're right ... there is a catch, here is where the * from above comes in. Netscape already has the Font Player plug-in included. But IE users will have to download it - one time only. Of course it is free and easy to get.
To view the sample all you have to do is click here.
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