Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Adobe Releases Web Fonts

Category: Adobe, CSS, Font

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Last week Adobe announced they are jumping into the Web Fonts game in a partnership with Typekit:

For this debut of Adobe Web Fonts, I think we’ve made some great choices. Everyone knows Myriad and Minion — pervasive workhorse sans serif and serif typefaces, respectively, which will prove to be as useful on the web as they have been in print. Thomas Phinney’s Hypatia Sans and Carol Twombly’s Chaparral are distinctive and versatile. Adobe Text is Robert Slimbach’s newest design which a lot of people haven’t even seen yet (so far it has only been available as a registration benefit for CS5 customers) but I’m certain it will quickly establish itself as a flexible and reliable text typeface, and I’m pleased it will now get a wider audience.

Richard Lipton’s classic Bickham Script is one of our most popular display typefaces and a distinctive addition to the Adobe Web Fonts collection. More of Robert Slimbach’s work now available for web use include Adobe GaramondCaflisch ScriptCronos, and the “display” designs for Garamond Premier (based on Claude Garamond’s beautiful Gros Canon type).

Speaking of which: You will find that we’ve included optical size variations for some of our typefaces. These designs are carefully crafted to look their best at small sizes (“caption”), medium- to large-size headings (“subhead”), or in headlines and other large sizes (“display”). On the web, these distinctions are less resolved than in print, but optical sizes will give you more options to find just the right font for your needs — and giving users better options for fine typography is what Adobe Originals are all about.

Remember, Adobe Web Fonts support the same languages and scripts as their desktop counterparts. Most are “Pro” fonts — meaning their character set supports Central European languages. Adobe Text, Garamond Premier, Hypatia Sans, Minion, and Myriad also support Greek and Cyrillic. (Select the “All Characters” Subset option in Typekit to use them.)

It’s exciting to see Adobe supporting web fonts!

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I’d rather have the fonts stored locally so as to not force my visitors to have to wait on yet another third-party library to load and then I’m not keen on paying a subscription to said service based on loose criteria that may or may not match the needs of my website.

Comment by travisalmand — August 25, 2010

Agreed. I’m really glad to see some of the larger foundries making their fonts available as WebFonts, but the TypeKit requirement makes no sense. Is the thin veneer of obfuscation they offer really that compelling?

Comment by SashaSklar — August 25, 2010

I never understood what’d be wrong with TTFs. Of course you can’t obfuscate them and chain them to a website.

The proprietary fonts are dead in the water. The future of the web with fonts starts right now with open web fonts. Shame really, lots of high quality fonts will rot in licensing hell until kingdom come because the foundries that posses the rights to them willfully failed to adopt to a changed technology landscape (that pattern seems familiar, where have I seen that before?).

Comment by pyalot — August 25, 2010

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