One's Own Handwriting Font

One's Own Handwriting Font

Post by Robert G. Mun » Thu, 19 Aug 1993 23:01:59



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.

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One's Own Handwriting Font

Post by Susan E. Kayser NSSDC/STX (3 » Fri, 20 Aug 1993 01:40:00



>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.


Hughes/STX at NASA/GSFC/NSSDC
Greenbelt, MD

 
 
 

One's Own Handwriting Font

Post by Michael Shapi » Fri, 20 Aug 1993 03:36:16




> >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
each character.

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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One's Own Handwriting Font

Post by Jonathan Brech » Fri, 20 Aug 1993 09:38:56




>>      PersonalFont, from  Signature Software, (408) 458-0241, rev. 12/92
>>      Personal Font, from Lazy Dog Foundry, (612) 291-0306, rev. 4/93
>> 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
>each character.

The Signature Software font takes care of this.  That is why theirs has to
be a Type 3 font -- you can have all sorts of nifty programming built directly
into a Type 3 font, as long as you don't mind the loss in quality from it not
being Type 1.

                                        jonathan brecher

 
 
 

One's Own Handwriting Font

Post by Henry McGilt » Sat, 21 Aug 1993 01:48:25




    *  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.

One outfit is
    Software Complement
    Eight Pennsylvania Avenue
    Matamoras
    Pennsylvania 18336
    (717) 491-2492
    talk to Karen Cohen

        ........  Henry

 
 
 

One's Own Handwriting Font

Post by Martin Knowl » Wed, 25 Aug 1993 03:36:54




> >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.


> Hughes/STX at NASA/GSFC/NSSDC
> Greenbelt, MD

...or you can get a utility like FontMonger, and have a friend (or
yourself) scan a page with your handwriting, and roll your own. You'll
get more control over it this way.

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