It seems with programs like COREL Clip Art and some of the IMSI 100-gazillion piecs of clip art CD packages there's a pretty good font collection. Daneba's Canvas used to pack in some good fonts on a CD too. But I've never bought a font solo CD that was worth a hoot.
I have ordered fonts from Adobe and other type foundries when there was a very specific font I was looking for - and was always happy. But to get a whole collection, like from Adobe, you'd better have plenty of cash to wave around. They aren't inexpensive.
So, I recommend the Clip Art CD route for economy's sake, with COREL having especially usable and varied fonts.
Uh... that is... if you're on a PC. I'm referring to TTF (true type) fonts. Sorry, I wasn't thinking of Mac users. Shame on me.
There are also scores of folks out there who collect fonts and trade and share on bulletin boards (fonts that are not bound to licensing restrictions). If there's a particular font you are looking for, chances are one of these people can identify it from a sample and also has it. If you sweet-talk them, they might even share with you :)
I have never really found a reasonably priced font collection that had variety or really usable fonts. I usually hit the free font sites, but we all know the popup hell of trying to find the font you like. I agree idiotgirl that some of the inexpensive clip art collections maybe better. Usually all of the above have mac fonts as well as pc.
I've purchased some of the ITC fonts. While not cheap, they're not horribly expensive either. As for the style and quality, ITC is strictly Top Shelf.
thanks for the comments.
the ITC fonts look great - good recommendation.
do a google search for "fonthaus" and "agfamonotype".
some nice sets there as well.
What about Adobe's? Aren't they your type?
Adobe is the mainstream standard on the Mac.
Adobe Type Library [adobe.com]
It is also the standard on the PC for those who work in both Mac and PC environments.
Bitstream is also another popular type library...
Bitstream Font Collection [bitstream.com]
Postscript fonts are more utilized than True Type fonts from a Mac standpoint. You will typically find those on a Mac using Postscript fonts and those on a PC using True Type fonts.
Just for the record the Adobe Font Folio 9 is $9,000. and has the entire adobe font library in it.
You can also buy individual fonts from their site for about the same amount as ITC.
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[edited by: korkus2000 at 10:22 pm (utc) on Jan. 12, 2003]
Ouch! No wonder why we bought the Bitstream library as a backup.
|Adobe® Font Folio™ software contains the entire Adobe Type Library of more than 2,750 typefaces on CD-ROM, unlocked and ready to use. |
One thing to keep in mind, that is 2,750 typefaces. Within those typefaces are families. That is a LOT of fonts! Years ago I used to spend countless hours browsing through font catalogs trying to match fonts in Logos!
[edited by: pageoneresults at 10:25 pm (utc) on Jan. 12, 2003]
It is a lot of fonts, and I have worked in shops that have them. The price is pretty steap though unless you are a high output print shop.
Geez, i just checked, and found outt hat Adobe Font FOlio is almost 120MB! Thats a lot of fonts!
Is it an actual program, or a folder full of a pantload of fonts?
I believe it's a CD full of a pantload of fonts... :) I don't personally know, as I've never seen it in person though.
myfonts.com has a good find-a-font feature, and links to fonts from many different foundries... so if you need to find something, they've got a good selection.
I've never actually bought a font collection... I almost always that the built-in fonts on my Mac, plus the Adobe and M$ standard fonts that come included with my software serve most of my "straightlaced" design purposes.