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Web Fonts

2014/02/25 Leave a comment

Web fonts have certainly come a long way since the standard “Web 13”. In addition to font licensing services like Google Fonts (Google), Typekit (Adobe) or WebInk (Extensis), there are now standards for using fonts on the web! I am way out of the loop!

  • .eot (embeded Open type) by Microsoft. For Internet Explorer
  • .woff (Web Open Font Format) by Mozilla Foundation. For Firefox
  • .ttf (True Type Fon) for Chrome, Safari
  • .svg (Scalable Vector Graphics). not a font, but used as a failsafe.

Read more on their wikipedia pages!

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Chartwell font turns numbers into charts!

2011/12/02 Leave a comment

Wow!!! The Chartwell font can take a set of numbers and turn it into a graph (Be sure to have ligatures enabled). I wonder what the glyphs panel for this font looksl like!

Chartwell is a tool for easily creating graphs in both web and print environments. In the format of a font, it utilizes OpenType to interpret and visualize the data. The data also remains editable, allowing for painless updates.

Illustrator Vertical Text Tool Icon Swap

2011/10/24 Leave a comment

This is nothing useful, but Illustrator changes the appearance of it’s type panel icons when you are in the Vertical Type tool. because, you know, the text is vertical.

InDesign: Globally Add Indent-To-Here to Your Bullets with GREP Find/Change

2011/02/16 1 comment

I was talking about the Indent to Here character and how awesome it is for bullet lists, and I said you might as well put one in in every bullet. So how would we actually make that happen? A quick GREP find/change of course!

  • I asked grep to find [location>beginning of paragraph][wild card > any character] ^.
  • I ask grep to replace with [other>indent to her][found text] ~!$0
  • for Find Format, I tell InDesign to only find my bullet lists (applied with a paragraph style)
  • Essentially, it finds the beginning of every bullet list paragraph, and adds an Indent to Here character.
  • Save your query if you are as proud of me as I am!

Vertical Text Justification for Non-Rectangular Objects Finally Works in InDesign CS5

2011/01/23 Leave a comment

I had listed this as one of my most anticipated features for InDesign CS5, just because it’s embarrassing that InDesign couldn’t do this before. Finally, InDesign can justify text vertically within a non-rectangular shape.

  • Object > Text Frame Options > Vertical Text Justification [Ctrl+B]

InDesign Character Attribute: No Break

2010/10/28 Leave a comment

I knew there is a non-breaking hyphen, and a non-breaking space, and so I was surprised that there isn’t a non-breaking period when I tried to find one for a URL. Luckily, InDesign’s Character Panel lets you assign any character with a No Break attribute, changing any character into a non-breaking character.

Printable Pica Ruler

2010/09/16 15 comments

I randomly decided I wanted a pica ruler, so I made one. This ruler is a six-sided triangle ruler with inches, decimal inches, centimeters, picas, agates, and points.

Legal size paper is probably accessible for enough people, right?

Download the PDF Here.

lettersized Pica ruler PDF

*Edit: Ruler Updated. Numbering should be correct now.

** Updated now with a letter sized ruler!

Also, if you are having password problems, use Acrobat to open, not Illustrator

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