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Prociono

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Version 2.3 (as of 4 July 2010). Now includes TrueType.

Have a look at an e-book I made with this font: [link]
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MartinSilvertant's avatar
Terrible presentation but very nice typeface. Do you think you will expand it with more weights and italics?
chemoelectric's avatar
No. Maybe if I weren’t disabled, but I am and it leaves me with a limited capacity for projects. Getting better at graphic design is another casualty. :) Currently I am working on font-development software instead of fonts.
Trelligan's avatar
A nice serif font, readable at quite small sizes. I like the open whitespace within the characters, and the rather extreme curvatures - still curves, but with some angularity.
One of my most important criteria for fonts is readability in a block of text, and this works quite well.
chemoelectric's avatar
Thanks. :) My special interest is book fonts.
funny-ann's avatar
wow i love this!
chemoelectric's avatar
Thank you, very much. :)
jelloween's avatar
Congratulations, you are featured in the Fond of Fonts newsletter! :dance: :D
chemoelectric's avatar
Thanks, very much. :)

Version 2 seems to need the boost, because a good number of people seem to prefer version 1; version 2 is less ornate. I myself am waiting for a completely redrawn version 3 before declaring Prociono a favorite. :)

(It really would be a kind of redrawing, because the first step would be converting the source outlines from beziers to Spiro.)
jelloween's avatar
:thumbsup: :)
What is/are Spiro?
chemoelectric's avatar
A better and faster way to draw outlines, without any off-curve control points and a higher degree of smoothness. Supported in fontforge on Unix or (I think) OS X with a plug-in.

Raph Levien has applied for a patent.

Here are some Typophile threads: [link]
fontforge homepage: [link]
libspiro plug-in homepage: [link]

I really wouldn’t be able to make fonts without a lot of suffering without spiro, because of my chronic pain problem. It really saves me a lot of work and particularly reduces the repetitiveness.

Being an ex-programmer, I use a particularly nerdly GNU/Linux distribution (Gentoo) and frequently build fontforge from the latest development sources. Windows users, on the other hand, have limited options. To run fontforge at all, it has to be done in the Cygwin environment, and no one has gotten the Spiro plug-in working. The officially recommended workaround is to use something other than Windows. :)
jelloween's avatar
hmm, that seems interesting, the samples on typophile look amazing.. however, being a Windows user, I probably won't get it to work as you say... damn, I really need to get myself another operating system :X
chemoelectric's avatar
It's largely graphic designers that have kept Apple in business for a long time, and I suspect font designers like it, too. For something like a Linux distribution then fontforge is about all there is, I think, and there isn't great OpenType-aware desktop publishing software that I know about. GIMP is a good replacement for PhotoShop, however.

I would tear my hair out if forced to use Windows. :) But it probably would be nice if I could use InDesign or the like.
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