> >A year or more ago, I saw an ad offering the service of creating a font from
> >your own handwriting. Can anyone give me a pointer to the company? Thanks.
> There are two possibilities for the Mac, both reviewed in MacWorld.
> PersonalFont, from Signature Software, (408) 458-0241, rev. 12/92
> Personal Font, from Lazy Dog Foundry, (612) 291-0306, rev. 4/93
> Both are $180. You can get an extended character version for more money.
> The first of these gives you a TrueType and a Type 3 font, the latter a
> TrueType and a Type 1 font. The Type 1 font is cleaner than the Type 3, but
> looks less like handwriting--see the review of 4/93 for an example.
Remember, though, that just because you have one each of the characters
in your own handwriting, it still won't look completely like your writing
when you use it. That's because we don't (at least most of us) write
mechanically, writing a letter the same way each time it occurs. We tend
to vary a number of parameters on the heights, slants, loops, etc. And
the connection from one character to the next varies quite a bit too. If
you want something that really looks handwritten (for most people), you
really need a program to generate the multiple character forms needed for
I look on that as an interesting programming problem. I recall a
rudimentary version that a colleague of mine did many years ago. Has
anyone heard of a real working handwriting simulator?
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