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Professional quality free fonts*

FontShop free

Every month FontShop make a font available for free for a limited time so grab it while you can. The best option is to join their monthly newsletter so you don’t miss one!

Ralph Levien

Ralph is behind the excellent Inconsolata font which is great for printing code or if you like large programming fonts. He also has a number of classical typefaces including the great ATF Century Catalogue, Museum Caps, LeBe, ATF Bodoni and ATF Franklin Gothic.

Microsoft OpenType Font Pack

A bunch of licensed fonts available from Ascender Corporation including the stylish Kooteny and sharp Miramonte.

Jos Buivenga

Sample of Fertigo font.Jos has produced a number of beautiful typefaces free to download. I particularly like the subtle quirks of Delicious and the flowing curves of Fertigo (sample shown_ but also check out some of the others available too.

MgOpen

These fonts were previously commercial and designed for the Greek alphabet and the four fonts available – Canonica, Cosmetica, Modata, Moderna – look great in the Latin alphabet too.

Die Gestalten

A number of experimental fonts for download but not redistribution including the rather delicious Engel Light ltd.

COM4t

These people produce a number of great free fonts including the elegant COM4t Fine Regular and Quilline Script Thin.

If you love typography then check out the ILoveTypography blog for news on great typefaces and tips on designing your own font.

[)amien

* some restrictions apply to usage on some of the fonts, check the licences for details.

Older pixel fonts back online

Some of my older bitmap “pixel” font files are now available again, they are:

  • Envy Code A – sizes from 7pt-12pt in both regular and bold weights Envy Code A font at 7pt regular
  • Envy Code B – sizes from 9pt-10pt in regular, bold, italic and bold italic. (was the basis for Envy Code R) Envy Code B font at 9pt regular
  • Palm OS – a Window port of the Palm OS system font recreated from screenshots. Palm OS font at 8pt regular

I also have about 20 pixel fonts from my Spectrum days that I am intending on bringing across to Windows FON format in the near future.

[)amien

Envy Code R Jeff Atwood scheme

Jeff “Coding Horror” Atwood published a nice round-up of coding fonts he’s been looking at lately in Visual Studio with his own color scheme.

For reasons best known to Jeff he went with 11 point this time (previously his scheme was published with 10 point) and used the older preview of Envy Code R neglecting to mention the italic-as-bold variant to get round the no-italics limitation of Visual Studio’s highlighting syntax editor.

So here is the latest version, at the optimal 10 point utilizing the italic variant and Jeff’s own color scheme modified to show comments in ‘bold’:

Envy Code R font, Jeff Atwood style

Personally I am using a tweaked version of Thomas Restrepo’s dark theme at work that currently looks like:

Envy Code R font, Dark style

[)amien

Envy Code R preview #6 released with Visual Studio italics

A newer version of Envy Code R is available.

Preview of the 461 glyphs in Envy Code R at point size 10 on Windows with ClearType.The last few days have been frantic ones putting the final touches to the next release of the Envy Code R typeface as I bring it closer to my idea of the perfect coding font.

Many glyphs have been redrawn, curves improved and a many additional characters and symbols added bringing the number of glyphs to 461 – enough to cover common European and US code pages including Windows/ISO 1250 & 1252 as well as MacOS Roman and a few others.

There was some interest in a bold variant and so once that was done I felt the urge to make an italic one too:

Envy Code R font in size 10 and size 20 showing bold, regular and italic variants.

Phew!

As a bonus I’ve created a variant that overcomes Visual Studio’s aversion to italics by marking the italic font as bold. Choose ‘Envy Code R VS’ in the Font and Colors part of Visual Studio’s Options and choose bold wherever you want italics.

Here’s a sample at 10 point/ClearType with my own color scheme:

Envy Code R at point 10 in Visual Studio with italics!

Yummy.

A few things to note:

  • The new glyphs for accented characters, ligatures etc. might not be correct, they’re new to me
  • Bitmaps are missing so if you don’t use smoothing/anti-aliasing/ClearType stick to the prior PR4 release
  • Optimal size: Windows 10 point, Java 13 point and Mac OS X 12.5 point but looks good at larger sizes too
  • Some glyphs will be improved (96?&) but others can’t (WwMm@) as there are no more pixels to play with
  • At some sizes individual letters aren’t the right height, e.g. u,v,x at 12 point (damn hinting)

Download of this older version no longer available.

Feel free to leave comments and suggestions here (or better yet blog about it!)

[)amien