Thursday, April 24, 1997

Worked on the Be Font

  • Well, I'm at it again... The system font from the BeOS is only a bitmap, so you can't use it to print out. I'm creating an outline font so that it can be used on the printer. So far, it looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me :-)

    BeOS Font
  • I need to work on these characters: A, V, W, b, d, e, p, q, s, v, w, x, y and z. Basically, these characters don't look the same weight as the rest of the font.
  • In the bitmap font, the V and Y are the same - weird, huh?

Worked on Spokane

Spokane is a bitmap font I'm working on that has the look of a light Chicago. I plan to incorporate this font into my next Kaleidoscope Color Scheme.

Spokane Font

Friday, April 11, 1997

Nu Casual

Worked on Nu Casual

  • Basically spent the whole day doing one bitmap size - 16 pt. Now all that is left is the 14 pt and then the font is ready to distribute! Hopefully, I'll have that by tomorrow. Fontographer is NOT the best tool for working with bitmaps. Unfortunately, it's the only one I have :-(
  • Can you believe it? What Apple calls 18 pt Casual is actually 20 pt and what they call 10 pt is actually 14 pt!!!! What were they thinking? I guess they needed to fool the Newt into thinking that it was dealing with a smaller font than it actually is. Weird. If someone has a better explanation for why they did this, drop me a note.

Thursday, April 10, 1997

Nu Casual

Worked on Nu Casual

  • Found a really cool method to do screen dumps on the Newton to the Mac. This has streamlined the bitmap process quite a bit. Now, instead of squinting at the screen, I can just dump the contents of the screen to my Mac and then resize it.
  • Finished a bunch of the sundry characters and stuff:

  • Don't know what I'm going to do about the accents. They fit fine on a 18 pt bitmap on the Newton, but they aren't going to do the same on the Mac. I'm thinking I'm going to have to translate 18 pt to 22 pt or something like that. Weird. Their was a similar problem with Nu Sans Casual when I was working with the Espy Bitmaps. I guess Apple wants to have screen fonts that are much larger than they should be!

Saturday, April 05, 1997

Nu Casual

Worked on Nu Casual

  • Another Newton based font (Nu Sans is the other, it's based on Espy Sans) from the Mart. This time, it's the "Casual" font that is used on the Newton OS to symbolize anything that the user has written in (and has hopefully been recognized correctly :-).
  • What a fun font to do! I'm very pleased with how it's coming along, although I fear that I'll go blind staring at my Message Pad 120 trying to get all those bitmaps!

    Nu Casual: graceful yet funky