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Old 04-04-2015, 07:32 AM   #1
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Fishing for Fonts?


Many document types (pdf, etc) come with the fonts they use.

Is there something I can use to 'fish' for those fonts and save them off for my own use, or is that forbidden by 'Big Brother'?
 
Old 04-04-2015, 08:50 AM   #2
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Is there something I can use to 'fish' for those fonts and save them off for my own use, or is that forbidden by 'Big Brother'?
Hi...

I wouldn't try to copy any of them unless you know for sure that they were released as Open Source, "free" or into the public domain. Otherwise, you might be violating their copyright, or essentially stealing them.

If there are specific fonts that you want, write down the names of them and look them up. Normally, font sites will offer to sell you a copy for a certain amount.

Regards...

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Look here. I haven't tried this and, even apart from copyright issues, there's the point they make: the pdf may only have the characters it uses embedded.
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3...lid-font-files
 
Old 04-04-2015, 01:23 PM   #4
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@Ardvark71: Essentially you're saying that Big Brother frowns on this. Noted, thanks

@DavidMcCann: Interesting link describes several software wheezes to do this, depending on the type of files used. As I read the instructions, however, I notice that it's hard work, and I certainly won't pursue them without at least seeking a better alternative (e.g. free fonts to suit me).
 
Old 04-05-2015, 11:04 AM   #5
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What sort of font were you after: a specific style, or one with particular characters? As a font fan, I might be able to recommend something.
 
Old 04-06-2015, 04:15 AM   #6
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Yes I am after some things in particular.

In a general way, to me, all the 'normal' fonts like Century Schoolbook, times, Liberation Serif and thousands more are very alike and I have no special requirements there. That area is well covered by font choice - too well covered imho.

The type of fonts like URW Chancery, Monotype Corsiva and others with an unusual or ornamented style of basically Roman characters are rare, and I would appreciate some suggestions on those. If they have symbols (e.g. ≥,≤,pi,,$,,≠,,,,, etc.) so much the better

I am getting fonts like 'IGLHEI+WtRegalIIBoldB0H6Abg' from documents typeset using a proprietary system called MEPS (Multilanguage Electronic Phototypesetting System), a proprietary thing capable of laying out documents in over 700 languages. Most of these fonts are close enough to Arial, but are very sophisticated designs with readability on the printed page in mind. If fishing fonts out was a simple thing, I would fish these out to allow me the use of those fonts.
 
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If you like copperplate script, Champagne is quite nice. The most legible gothic seems to be Rotunda. Rather different to things like Times and Century Schoolbook are Rosarivo (in the style of 15th century romans) and Bodoni FLF (a typical "modern face"). For headings to printed text, I like an incised font, and use Fontin.

Most special fonts will lack things like pi; after all, you don't usually write maths in cursive, since many cursive forms (e.g. of L and R) have special uses.

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Great, thanks. I will have a look for some of those.
 
  


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