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Typography news April 1999

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Apple font site Zapfinoed!
Cupertino, CA. - 27 April 1999
Apple's font group have re-organized their Web site.  More details...

New tradition
Brazil - 27 April 1999
Carpenter Type has announced the release of its new Hobsbawm typeface family (with six different styles). Hobsbawm was constructed in the moulds of British historian Eric Hobsbawm's concept of 'invented tradition.'  More details...

Publish reports ATM 4.5 release
Publish magazine - 27 April 1999
Publish magazine has posted a news item reporting the release of Adobe Type Manager 4.5 Deluxe for the Mac.  More details...

Introducing TTX
Den Haag, NL. - 26 April 1999
Just van Rossum has announced the alpha version of TTX, a TrueType to XML decompiler and an XML to TT compiler, all in one.  More details...

Adobe ships Mac ATM 4.5 Deluxe
San Jose, CA. - 26 April 1999
Adobe has announced the release of ATM 4.5 Deluxe for the Mac.  More details...

Justin's revival
New York, NY. - 26 April 1999
Justin Howes designed ITC Founder's Caslon by digitizing William Caslon's original typefaces, size by size, from Caslon's 18th-century type specimens. On May 5 he will speak at the Grolier Club about the development of this authentic historical revival. The talk, sponsored by the New York chapter of the American Printing History Association and by ITC, is free and open to the public.  More details...

Manganese Manga madness
SantaMonica, CA. - 26 April 1999
Manganese
Run! RUN! Run from the Giant Monster! Manganese is a new manga inspired release from Comicraft.  More details...

Guardian picks Miller
London, England - 26 April 1999
The Guardian, one of Britain's more respected newspapers, has been redesigned. The new look paper uses a specially redrawn version of Matthew Carter's Miller typeface.  More details...

Emigre 50 out soon
Sacramento, CA. - 23 April 1999
Emigre celebrates the publication of its 50th issue next month with a return to a more visually oriented approach reminiscent of its early days of publication. Expect E50 to hit the news stands early next month.  More details...

Geometrical heart - relaxed soul
New York, NY. - 22 April 1999
ITC have just announced the release of Eric de Berranger's Octone, a condensed sans serif text face 'with a geometrical heart but a relaxed soul'. More details and specimen settings can be found on Eric's site.  More details...

May the font be with you, always…
New York, NY. - 22 April 1999
As reported earlier the subtitles in the forthcoming Star Wars movie 'The Phantom Menace' are set in ITC Franklin Gothic. ITC have posted an article about the font.  More details...

Reinventing the quill
England - 21 April 1999
Details of British Telecom's SmartQuill project have been reported in the New York Times and elsewhere. SmartQuill is a revolutionary handheld computer with an intuitive user interface controlled by hand movement.  More details...

Suitcase 8 released
Portland, OR. - 19 April 1999
Extensis Corp has released Suitcase 8 and has announced that a Windows version of the popular Mac font utility will be released later this year.  More details...

A Bible of biblical proportions
San Francisco, CA. - 18 April 1999
This weeks CBS Sunday Morning News reported on the Arion Press and their letterpress lectern bible project. CBS correspondents interviewed the team working on the project, Andrew Hoyem, Gerald Redden, Peggy Gothold, Lewis Mitchell, Thomas Ingmire and type designer Sumner Stone who designed the typeface used for large initial caps.  More details...

Seven tools
Cupertino, CA. - 12 April 1999
Apple font boss Peter Lofting has announced seven new type tools from Apple.  More details...

Representing the disinterested enthusiast...
Seattle, WA. - 12 April 1999
Michael Twyman, recently retired head of the Department of Typography and Graphic Communications at Reading University, will serve as scholar/guide on this year's Legacy of Letters Tour of Rome & Florence. This conversation with Garrett Boge recounts his extensive teaching career and the celebrated vacation courses to Italy that he led for nearly 30 years.  More details...

Alien alphabet discovered
The Web - 9 April 1999
Researchers at the Futurama Outlet are attempting to decode two 'alien alphabets' featured on 'Futurama', the new animated series by Matt Groening (creator of 'The Simpsons'). Their findings are posted here.  More details...

Adobe 200
San Jose, CA. - 8 April 1999
Adobe has released 'Adobe Type Library 1999 Collector's Series I' A CD-ROM with over 200 new typefaces, including everything from elegant scripts to distinctive display faces and strong text faces.  More details...

Microsoft issues ClearType technology release
Redmond, WA. - 7 April 1999
Microsoft has issued an Update on ClearType Font Technology and LCD Displays, to help vendors produce hardware that can take advantage of ClearType font rendering.  More details...

Publish daily
Publish Magazine - 7 April 1999
Popular design magazine Publish has launched a regularly updated design news service dailynews.  More details...

The typo week in review
Various sources - 4 April 1999
March ended in a flurry of type activity.  More details...

Adobe Magazine to move to paid subscription
Seattle, WA - 2 April 1999
This quarter's North American issue of Adobe Magazine includes an editorial explaining the companies decision to end free distribution of the magazine to it's 850,000 subscribers. This issue also includes articles on Adobe InDesign, Acrobat 4, Adobe PressReady, Adobe GoLive, PageMaker 5 and several new Adobe type products.  More details...

Knuth book ships
Stanford, CA. - 1 April 1999
Donald E Knuth is rightly regarded as the father of digital typography. His new book 'Digital Typography' brings together more than 30 articles and notes on the subject.  More details...

April specials
Various sources - 1 April 1999
The passing of one month and the start of a new one often results in a flood of special offers from various foundries.  More details...

The Canadians are coming!
Seattle, WA. - 1 April 1999
Font and clip art supplier EyeWire has opened a Seattle Office, headed by Charles Mauzy who used to work for Corbis.  More details...

Makambo library hits 800
Cleveland, OH. - 1 April 1999
Makambo (formerly Flashline) now boasts a library of 800 fonts. Most of the fonts in the Makambo collection are published by small foundries and independent type designers.  More details...

Monster March!
Various sources - 1 April 1999
March was yet another monster month for type related news. Anyone living under the illusion that the world of type is stale and boring received a rude awakening with over fifty news items reported on these pages during March.  More details...

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