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    ATM Deluxe vs FontReserve
    Friday, December 29, 2006
    Just kidding. Arstechnica has posted a head-to-head review of the current main mac font managers, for when Apple's FontBook just isn't enough. Covers Suitcase X, FontAgent Pro and the free FontExplorer X. The conclusion? Buy the one that isn't made by Extensis, but your mileage may vary.
    Source: MS Typo News

    Conference calls
    Thursday, December 28, 2006
    Along with the news that Linotype's TypoTechnica 2007 will be held on the 27th and 28th April, this week the One Friday conference in London this February has announced its speakers.
    Source: Typophile

    Higher education
    Monday, December 18, 2006
    BBC2's University Challenge tonight featured a type ID question, though Yves need not fret too much. The Reading students (none of which I bet are in the typography department) answered 2nd to correctly identify Courier. They then went on to ID Impact, Garamond and Comic Sans, and indeed to win the match. PowerPoint presentations across Britain have been seen jumping from cliffs...

    Christmas in beta
    Monday, December 18, 2006
    It is a slow typography news week, and I can't be bothered posting Christmas gift crap, sorry. Go make your better half a vase yourself, put your love into it, even if it turns out looking like it was made by an oafish alien called Zarg, after one too many glasses of Glögg.

    Ahem. Anyhow, elsewhere Adobe Labs released a beta of Photoshop CS3. Oooohhhh. You'll need a valid CS2 license key. Merry Christmas!
    Thanks, Peter! ;)

    ITC Charter Pro released
    Monday, December 18, 2006
    ITC has released Matthew Carter's Charter in a Pro edition, complete with auto old style figures, small caps, ligatures and all the stuff that makes OpenType so gnarly. I once made a complete fool of myself to Mr Carter. Oh, it also includes extended support for a range of central and eastern European languages. Polish builders and plumbers rejoice across London.
    Source: fontlover

    House blocks sell like house bricks
    Wednesday, December 13, 2006
    House Industries has launched, and promptly sold out of, sets of rather lovely Alexander Girard alphabet blocks. Apparently they're the latest Christmas gift must-have for the funky designer around town, and have flown out of the shop. I hope they didn't hit anyone.
    Source: Typophile

    Zune zype
    Wednesday, December 13, 2006
    Ascender Corp has posted a couple of paragraphs on the typography used onscreen and off with Microsoft's iPod flicker, the Zune. I hope they can expand upon this - it would be interesting to read about the approach to its screen-based design and typography.
    Source: MS Typo News

    Typophile Books returns
    Friday, December 08, 2006
    Classy type site Typophile has resurrected its Books section - a fine compilation of type and general visual design related publications, some of which have short reviews.

    Goold old Times Modern
    Wednesday, December 06, 2006
    Yves and I were chatting online tonight and swapped links on The Times redesign. The Times is a pretty crappy paper these days, though at least it had the honesty to admit it was a tabloid and cut its paper accordingly. Here is The Times own take, while Creative Review said this. Yves noticed how so many European rags have redesigned in such a short space of time. Personally, I reckon it's a right wing corporate fascist conspiracy to take over the media-industrial complex. But then I think of Elmo and feel better.

    De Morgen laat Britten een poepje ruiken
    Tuesday, December 05, 2006
    De Morgen has scooped the title of Europe's Best Designed Newspaper. No snippy comment - it is rather lovely.

    Microsoft Mobile gains Personality
    Tuesday, December 05, 2006
    The chaps at Ascender Corp have released the Ascender Personality Kit, for those of you with Windows Mobile 5 phones. Typical of theme packs, it has the usual nonsense such as banal stock photos of, oh I don't know, dogs or something to act as desktop, and mobile ring tones to annoy people on the bus - its pure laziness is what I can't stomach. But, here is the interesting bit - it comes with fonts! My beloved Georgia, on a mobile phone? Gosh... can't wait till its available on Series 60!
    Source: Typophile

    RSS feed now available
    Tuesday, December 05, 2006
    You're live for 5 minutes and people start demanding. An RSS feed for is now available. This only covers the News column - we'll announce new articles from Yves (and others) in the feed so you'll know when larger pieces come along.

    We are back
    Monday, December 04, 2006
    After a rather large hiatus, returns, in a new multi-column format, with regular news stories from the typography world, and comment pieces from Yves and David. All accidentally launched about an hour early by a ham-fisted Welshman. Hope you like the new look...

    Brighton Rocks
    Monday, December 04, 2006
    ATypI 2007 will be held in Brighton - the decayed jewel in Britain's Victorian past. These days, you'll find punks, anarchists, homosexuals and chavs galore, and a disproportionate number of rather good vegetarian restaurants. If you're coming, you may want to venture a little further down the coast on the weekend - Brighton isn't called London-by-Sea for nothing, and it gets pretty packed. They have Wifi on the pebble beach, the amazing burnt-out wreck of a pier that can't be knocked down due to its listed historic status, and all the fish and chips you can eat before the cod stocks spectacularly collapse. Yves and I will almost certainly probably be there, come join us, it will be a hoot!

    Sudtipos redesigns site
    Sunday, December 03, 2006
    Argentina's Sudtipos has relaunched its site, with luscious colours as fresh and clean as a Welsh emigre bathing in a melting glacier stream in Patagonia...
    Source: fontlover

    Typophile Flickrs On
    Saturday, December 02, 2006
    I got an invite to join the Typophile Flickr group today. Along with a billion other people - I'm nothing special, you know. If you would like to "Show us your stuff! Post images of your typographic obsessions, works in progress, and Typophile related events and activities" then pop on over. Don't use Flickr? Shame on you!

    Xmas Goodies, Part 1
    Saturday, December 02, 2006
    Tis the season to be jolly. Apparently. Hubert Jocham is celebrating by giving away XmasRudolf, a suitably festive font. Minor catch: you need to go through the ordering process to get it, but that's not the end of the world. No, we will have to wait another 30 years for that...
    Source: Typographica

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