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TorgoX (1933)


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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Wednesday June 23, 2004
07:08 PM


[ #19453 ]
Dear All,

Survey time: What was the last time you paid for fonts, and what font(s) were they?

(Fonts that come free with a word-processor or printer or whatever don't count.)

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  • Not a penny ever.
    The great thing about multitasking is that several things can go wrong at once.
  • I am a font!

    Further, most Bodoni family males tend to resemble the typeface: we're round in the middle, with small feet. :)


  • Lucida a few years back and I've bought a couple of fonts from P22. Yeah, I pay for fonts.
  • I bought a copy of Corel Draw 6 in 1995 and it came with over 1000 true type fonts - I've probably used about a dozen.

    At work, I've needed to buy a few fonts on the company account. This used to happen quite a bit in the pre-CSS days. A web site designer would dictate a certain font for headings and we would render dozens of GIF images. These days of course I just say no.

  • We've bought fonts for the company and to work on certain projects for clients.
  • In 1993 or so, I bought Janson for a book I was publishing that I wanted that particular font for. I think that's been it
  • I paid for the 13 standard postscript fonts from Adobe in the late 80's.

    I was doing desktop publishing on my Amiga and needed them.

    I think they are free now, but I still have the original disk and the packaging.
  • I rarely do type-y things anymore. Back when I was still doing web-related stuff I had to buy a handful of fonts to automate in TeX a phonebook that was being done by hand in some Windows software; the only one I remember of those was Frutiger Light Condensed (but we didn't end up using it).

    If I were the sort to do type-y things, though, I'd be buying fonts regularly, because the quality of the free ones would drive me mad.

    Oh, I've probably bought letraset since, does that count?
  • A few years ago I bought a used baptismal font. Does that count?
  • But then, only on behalf of graphic design shops where I worked. I've usually had access to organizations that had paid-up licenses, so I would skim off those.

    I'm doing a bit of graphics for my aikido dojo and it pains me that I can't afford to get what I want legally. I'm skimming off work again, but it's not very ethical, plus I'm limited to whatever they bought.

    I may break down and commit a few dollars to this .
  • I twice purchased fonts, both times as part of larger packages, both times Adobe. Sonata was a music notation font that came with Deluxe Music Construction Set, and Alexandria was a Greek font that came with macBible. Alexandria was the last one, and that was in ... oh, 1991?