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10:05 am on May 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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could anyone point me to a website from where i can download decent fonts? no special funky ones, just nice new original fonts

preferable free, but am prepared to spend a small fee

big thanks
stefan

10:17 am on May 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to Webmasterworld!

There's lots of online ressources for fonts, but probably you might want to check Linotype, since they are the font company out there.

There's nothing for free though, but you should be able to licencse single fonts for acceptable amounts of money. If you need a CD, try considerung buying a "Font Collection" CD since this is more value for money.

Considering value: the fonts and CD's they deliver are VERY professional! Even with extreme scaling the fonts have no ugly edges or spikes or flat curves as you might encounter with cheaper or free fonts. Also you always get the font both in Truetype and Type1 format.

Be careful however on the licencse agreement: the cheapest offers only include licencses for your personal use (where personal means that you CAN - of course - create commercial products, but that YOU are the ONLY person allowed to WORK with the font).

Keep in mind that a font - as simple as it may look - is a highly artistic piece of work. It's creation is extremely time consuming - usually a font artist spends a year or more working on ONE single font!

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one of my fave free font sites is fontmagic. somehow i cannot access it at fontmagic.com right now (dunno what's up with that), but [fontmagic.com...] works fine.
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great thanks for all the info. linotype looks esp good!

stef

3:11 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I like 1001 Free Fonts [1001freefonts.com].
9:06 am on May 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I like dafont.com!
10:03 am on May 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You could also always get "fontografer" or "fontographer"...I needed the space so I dissinstalled it for now so I can't find how to spell it easily ..you'll need a mac to run it ..then you can build your own fonts and export to your pc or whatever ...
2:45 pm on May 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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i quite like
simply the best fonts
[simplythebest.net...]

okay they're not 'simply the best' but they do have some good free stuff

2:56 pm on May 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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personal means that you CAN - of course - create commercial products

So is this true of all fonts? Including the ones you get bundled in with applications? Could you create a trade mark/logo using someone else's font?

This is an area I've never been quite sure about.

3:35 pm on May 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes (in UK - may not be true of all nations)

If you have bought the font you have the right to use it. Same goes for freeware fonts and system fonts - there are your to use as freely as you like.

However if you obtain a font using clandestine means, the font creator has the right to stick one on you.

To be safe it would be best to purchase a good font collection (200 or so fonts) from a reputable dealer and get a receipt should you fall into trouble you can prove you are trustworthy.

Ta

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