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Extensis signs deal with QualiType
Portland, OR. - 29 February 2000
Extensis, the makers of the Suitcase range of font management software, have signed a deal with QualiType Software. The agreement grants Extensis the exclusive rights to market and develop future versions of QualiType's patented FontHandler software.  More details...

Smart eBook steals show
Hannover, Germany. - 25 February 2000
Rocket eBook site reports from CeBIT, swipes at Palm and Windows CE.
eBookNet.com, reports from CeBIT that Microsoft will deliver the PocketPC with Microsoft Reader software by June 30.  More details...

Type librarian to retire
London, England - 24 February 2000
Fontzone reports that James Mosley, curator of the St Bride Printing Library in London, will retire later this year. A party in his honor is being held at St Bride's on March 16th this year.  More details...

Hot TV Dinner
Font Diner - 21 February 2000
Stu of the Font Diner has just released his latest font pack, entitled TV Dinner.

Analyzing ClearType
London, England - 19 February 2000
Fontzone have posted their analysis of the ClearType rendered text samples we released last month.  More details...

Bitstream release results
Cambridge, Mass. - 17 February 2000
Bitstream have released their 1999 financial results. The report states that Bitstream's type and type technology business was profitable last year, and that the company invested almost $300,000 in it's new myfonts.com venture.  More details...

U&lc online powered-up
itcfonts.com - 17 February 2000
The promised online replacement for the printed edition of U&lc went live today.  More details...

Apple to ship Japanese OpenType in MacOS
Tokyo, Japan - 16 February 2000
Apple have announced in a press release that MacOS X will ship with six OpenType typefaces supporting 17,000 Japanese characters.  More details...

Font tools community site
Redmond, WA. - 15 February 2000
Microsoft has set up a general font tools MSN community site for the promotion and discussion of font development tools. Microsoft previously set up four other communities supporting licensed font tools and technologies.  More details...

VOLT 1.0 beta 2 released
Redmond, WA. - 14 February 2000
The second beta version of Microsoft's Visual OpenType Layout Tool "VOLT" is now available.  More details...

Unicode 3.0 published
Unicode.org - 11 February 2000
The Unicode Consortium has published the The Unicode Standard, Version 3.0.  More details...

Makambo catalog hits 1300
Cleveland, OH. - 11 February 2000
Makambo have updated their Web site to reflect the fact that their library now features over 1300 fonts, most by independent type designers.  More details...

Publish posts new content
Topsfield, Mass. - 10 February 2000
After some time of inactivity Publish have posted some new articles on their Web site and sent a mailing to their e-mail list.  More details...

Dalton Maag Live & Love
London, England - 8 February 2000
Dalton Maag's are hosting a type evening. They will be exploring type and its appearance on screen.  More details...

Bitstream launches MyFonts again
Cambridge, Mass. - 7 February 2000
Although the launch of MyFonts.com was previously announced in November 1999, Bitstream have announced the launch again.  More details...

Seybold Boston coverage
Various sources - 7 February 2000
Articles about this week's Seybold show.  More details...

Publisher 2000
ZDNet - 7 February 2000
ZDNet reports that Microsoft will target Publisher 2000 at the small-business market with new features.  More details...

Gaiji exposed
MacInTouch - 5 February 2000
Asian font expert Joel Breckinridge has written an article for MacInTouch about the release of Fontworks stroke-based gaiji editor. This editor lets users add 'unofficial' Kanji characters like people and place names to Fontworks stroke based fonts.  More details...

Windows TransType released
Millersville, MD. - 4 February 2000
The information posted on the Pyrus site describes TransType as a font platform converter. 'In seconds you can take a TrueType or Type 1 font from a Macintosh to a PC or vice versa.'  More details...

The case of the flickering pixels
New York Times - 3 February 2000
The New York Times has posted an article by Ian Austen which discusses the problems of reading text on screen. The article compares ClearType with other techniques such as blurring, fuzzing and other forms of antialiasing.  More details...

GlobalDev site gets an update
Redmond, WA - 2 February 2000
The Windows 2000 multilanguage FAQ has been updated on Microsoft's GlobalDev site.  More details...

Bitstream core fonts announced
Cambridge, Mass. - 2 February 2000
Bitstream has announced the release of new versions of it's Courier, Dutch, Swiss and Symbol fonts - their versions of the core fonts that ship with popular operating systems.  More details...

New releases from ITC
itcfonts.com - 1 February 2000
ITC announces the release of its first new fonts since October 1999.  More details...

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