How to install these fonts
These instructions are designed for those who have never installed fonts before. If you know a better way to do it, then you didn't need directions.
- Windows - If you don't already have one, you'll need an "unzip" program. PKunzip is the DOS standard, but I'm especially font of Stuffit Expander for Windows. It extracts the fonts and documentation from the .zip archive that I provide, and puts them in a new subdirectory (or Win95 folder). Now that your fonts are extracted, you can install them:
- Windows 3.1 - Open the Main group in Program Manager and double-click on Control Panel (if you can't find Control Panel, select Run from the Program Manager menu and type Control). Double-click the Fonts icon. Click Add. Use the file dialog box to point to the fonts you just unzipped. Select them, click OK, then Close, and then quit Control Panel. Your fonts are installed. Unless you intentionally unchecked "Copy fonts to Windows directory", you can safely delete the font files in the subdirectory where you unzipped them (save the .zip file, though, in case you ever need to reinstall them).
- Windows 95 - Click Start, Settings, Control Panel (if it isn't there, click Start, Run, and then type in Control). Double-click Fonts and then choose File | Install new font from the menu. Use the file dialog box to point to the fonts you just unzipped. Select them and click OK. Close the Fonts window and exit Control Panel. Your fonts are installed. Unless you intentionally unchecked "Copy fonts to Fonts folder", you can safely delete the font files in the folder where you unzipped them (save the .zip file, though, in case you ever need to reinstall them). Alternate Method: Drag the font file to the Windows\Fonts folder.
- Macintosh - You may already have programs for un-binhexing and unstuffing. If not, get Stuffit Expander. It will take a font .hqx file and turn it into a folder with font suitcases and documentation. Double-click on a font to see a sample display and brief instructions for installing it (basically, all you do is drag it to the System folder).
Notes on font creation and some font utilities
Return to Truetype fonts
- All my Truetype fonts were created with Corel Draw, most recently version 7. I'm sure there are better font creation programs, but I already had Corel, and it works fine, except that it does no hinting (this is less important on paper, but the screen images are rough at small point sizes) and it miscalculates the checksums for some of the tables in the font, which usually has no effect but can occasionally prevent the font from working. (Version before Draw 5.0 also seemed to assign the wrong ANSI codes in the cmap table, adding F000h to every value, but that didn't seem to matter....) The instructions for creating fonts in various versions of Corel Draw vary from barely adequate to lacking, so I've prepared some instructions and a template for budding Corel fontwrights.
- Copyright strings were added in Font Monster 3.5 or Typoograf 4.03. Font Monster is a very nice shareware font manipulation program that also manages installable font groups and views and prints samples of installed and uninstalled fonts. At US$25 for registration, it was a good deal, but the author is no longer responding to inquiries. Here is the most recent shareware version (from 1994), which I obtained from ftp.cica.indiana.edu. It won't save modifications to the fonts, but will view and install fonts, and manage font groups (which can be installed only for the current session, a nice touch that many other font management programs lack). If you're using Windows 95, it's not worth downloading, but it's useful for Windows 3.1. For Windows 95, Typograf, US$35 shareware, is a better choice; it does everything that Font Monster does except modifying kerning tables, and it is available and supported. The authors do play fast and loose, however, with some hacked shareware fonts that they make available on their site.
- Mac translations were done with TTConvert and are binhexed Stuffit archives. I don't spend a lot of time on Macintoshes, so if you run into any problems with these, it may be me (or the Corel checksum problems) and not you (on the other hand, I won't necessarily be much help with technical support).
- MACFONTX.ZIP is a collection of freeware and shareware tools from around the net for converting Macintosh Truetype and Type 1 fonts into Windows format. Since I didn't write the tools, I accept no obligation to provide support for the package. Also, it's old, and there may be better tools out there now.
- It's hard to imagine why anyone would want to infringe a font that is essentially free, but it has happened. Here is a list of modified versions of my fonts that I have encountered. If you know of more, please let me know.
- Here are some font links from my bookmark file:
This page Copyright © 1998 by Curtis Clark. Last revision Friday, February 20, 1998.