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Typography news April 2000

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Fontzone, thanks for the memories
London, England - 30 April 2000
Fontzone, arguably the Web's best source for font related news, shut down today. The site provided interesting, balanced type news with a uniquely Brutonesque sense of humor.  More details...

Updated WEFT 3 available
Redmond, WA. - 28 April 2000
A second updated preview release of Microsoft's Web Embedding Fonts Tool version 3 has been posted to the WEFT community site.  More details...

Typography jobs update
Redmond, WA - 28 April 2000
We are looking for several software developers and testers to work on exciting projects within the typography group here at Microsoft. We also have openings for typographic and software developer interns. Read what former interns have to say about working within our group.

ClearType on your cellphone?
Munich, Germany - 27 April 2000
Wired News reports that Seimens are demonstrating their MultiMobile, a prototype device that combines a cell phone with a Casio PDA size device running Microsoft's Pocket PC Operating system. Photos are posted on Seimen's Web site  More details...

Guarding eBook content
eBookNet - 27 April 2000
eBookNet has posted an article describing how Xerox spin-off ContentGuard fits into the eBooks DRM (Digital Rights Management) arena.  More details...

Morrison release Mac FontXpress 5.0
Charlotte, NC. - 27 April 2000
FontXpress is a font colection utility for use with QuarkXpress.  More details...

Pirate fonts set sail
SantaMonica, CA. - 27 April 2000
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Shiver me Timbers and Splice me Mainbrace! Comicraft have released a few pirate inspired fonts.  More details...

TypeCon call for topics
SOTA - 27 April 2000
Bob Colby recently confirmed that this year's SOTA TypeCon event will take place as scheduled and is calling on SOTA members and non-members to provide input into the form of the conference program.  More details...

Adobe Interview Roger Black
Adobe.com - 26 April 2000
Adobe describe Font Bureau co-founder Roger Black as 'about as close to a rock star as you're likely to meet in the design world', and have posted their interview with him on Adobe.com.  More details...

TYPO. Your guide
Czech Republic - 25 April 2000
TYPO. is a new Web site by Filip Blazek. The site provides links to pages and vendors discussing Central European typographic issues.  More details...

Emigre Solex
Sacramento, CA. - 25 April 2000
Emigre have issued Zuzana Licko's Solex typeface family, their first font release in almost a year.  More details...

Reader with ClearType reviewed
Various sources - 24 April 2000
Press articles reviewing the Microsoft Reader with ClearType.  More details...

WEFT 3 preview available
Redmond, WA. - 22 April 2000
A preview release of Microsoft's Web Embedding Fonts Tool version 3 has been posted to the WEFT community site.  More details...

Paperless office - a thing of the past
Wired news - 21 April 2000
Wired News has posted a Reuters report claiming that the proliferation of e-mail, Web based information and e-trading is resulting in ever increasing use of the print button.  More details...

... site update
Europe - 21 April 2000
'...' magazine has redesigned its Web site and posted an article by Max Bruinsma. The first printed issues should be out in May.  More details...

Typo duo team up
New York, NY. - 21 April 2000
Following recent Typo-L reports, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones have confirmed that they are working together on a number of 'fun projects'.  More details...

Garamond voted fave by EyeWire customers
Calgary, Alberta - 20 April 2000
EyeWire have released the results of their favorite font customer survey.  More details...

The writing's on the jars
BBC News - 20 April 2000
Chinese archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence that writing in China occurred much earlier than previously thought.  More details...

CreativePro.com redesigned
Portland, OR. - 18 April 2000
CreativePro.com have redesigned their Web site, Our mission in making these changes is to make navigation easier, make the site faster, and to generally offer a better viewer experience to all of our visitors.  More details...

Moment of truth for ClearType
Redmond, WA. - 18 April 2000
Handheld device with Reader screen mock-upConsumers will get their first glimpse of ClearType text rendering technology this week, when Microsoft launches the Pocket PC operating system. Pocket PC's include Microsoft Reader, an eBook viewing application which is the first product to include ClearType.  More details...

Microsoft typography jobs update
Redmond, WA. - 18 April 2000
Update: Microsoft's typography group is hiring developers and testers to build on our industry leading type technology. It's a chance to work alongside some of the brightest people in the industry. And a chance to help shape tomorrow's technology.  More details...

Typography interns reveal all
Various sources - 17 April 2000
TuggerWe tracked down four former Microsoft Typography summer interns and asked them to provide a few lines of insight into their Internships at Microsoft.  More details...

Recent site outages
Redmond, WA. - 17 April 2000
Some readers have reported errors when accessing the dynamically generated, news, links, font and events information on this site. We apologize for these problems, which have now been fixed.

Fontworks newsletter
London, England - 16 April 2000
Fontworks in London have sent out their latest e-mail newsletter.  More details...

TypoBerlin almost live - day 2
Typo-L - 14 April 2000
AdamTwardoch's second report from Typo Berlin.  More details...

Design for Usability speakers interviewed
The Guardian - 13 April 2000
Following the recent Design for Usability, conference The Guardian newspaper interviewed the speakers.  More details...

TypoBerlin almost live - day 1
Typo-L - 13 April 2000
TypoBerlin LogoAdamTwardoch has filed this report from day one of the Typo 2000 Berlin conference.  More details...

Boffins build 150 year old computer printer
BBC News - 13 April 2000
The BBC News site reports on a project to build a printer orignally designed 150 years ago by mechanical computer pioneer Charles Babbage.

Apple - print is dead
Macworld.com - 12 April 2000
According to a Macworld.com report Apple believes desktop video is now bigger than desktop publishing. This statement was made by Apple VP, Phil Schiller during an Apple press conference held at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas.  More details...

Wanted: a few good interns
Redmond, WA - 11 April 2000
Microsoft is looking for a few good interns to work within the Microsoft Typography group this summer. Interested students should e-mail their résumé and covering letter to aimanc@microsoft.com.  More details...

Film fest font help needed
Norway - 10 April 2000
GarageFont's designer Hans G. Meier is looking for fellow type designers from various countires to contribute to a poster he's designing for a Norwegian film festival.  More details...

Porchez Typofonderie news release
Malakoff, France - 10 April 2000
Jean-Francois Porchez has released a news update.  More details...

Ch-ch-ch-Chinn-changes
Redmond, WA. - 7 April 2000
Longtime Microsoft Typography veteran, Donald 'DSig' Chinn, has left Microsoft to pursue a teaching career at the University of Washington. We wish him the best of luck.  More details...

eBook typography exposed
eBookNet.com - 7 April 2000
eBookNet have posted an article by Peter Zelchenko exposing the lack of attention to typographic detail in most of today's eBooks.  More details...

Minor VTT update released
Redmond, WA. - 6 April 2000
Microsoft has issued a minor update to Visual TrueType. VTT 4.2.1 is available to licensed users of the tool.  More details...

Type in columns
Adobe.com - 5 April 2000
Jim Felici joins Robin Williams in writing a type and typography related column for Adobe's print oriented Web zine.

Bitstream news
Various sources - 5 April 2000
Random assortment of recent Bitstream related news.  More details...

TypeCon 2000 marches on
SOTA - 5 April 2000
Bob Colby has confirmed that this year's SOTA TypeCon event will take place as scheduled.  More details...

VOLT release candidate available
Redmond, WA. - 5 April 2000
The first release candidate version of Microsoft's Visual OpenType Layout Tool "VOLT" is now available.  More details...

Open eBook site redesigned
openebook.org - 5 April 2000
The Open eBook Web site has been redesigned.  More details...

Type Review editor calls it quits
Stevens Point, Wis. - 4 April 2000
Tim Rolands, editor of the Digital Type Review has decided to call it quits. The site may continue under new management.  More details...

Rival eBook formats to fight it out
eBookNet.com - 3 April 2000
eBookNet have posted an article by Geoff Ebbs describing the battle lines being drawn between Adobe's PDF format and the Open eBook standard.  More details...

Pocket PC with reader to launch April 19
Redmond, WA - 3 April 2000
Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system, which includes the Microsoft Reader for viewing eBooks, will launch on April 19.  More details...

USA Today goes Dutch
usatoday.com - 3 April 2000
USA Today has been redesigned using Gulliver, the space saving typeface by Dutch typographer Gerard Unger.  More details...

Hog wild!
Buffalo, NY. - 2 April 2000
P22 have released The Whole Hog, their entire type library on one CD.  More details...

Fontzone to close
London, England - 1 April 2000
Clive Bruton, has announced that the Fontzone site, arguably the Web's best source for font related news, will close at the end of the month. All of us within Microsoft's typography group will be sad to see Fontzone go and wish Clive all the best in his future endeavors.  More details...

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