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'[EE] Good ttf font for portable display.'
2009\05\15@171656 by Brendan Gillatt

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I am creating a small, handheld device with an LCD display. I have
written some code to convert ttf fonts to C arrays (which I shall be
releasing soon WTS).

The LCD is 1.5" with 160*130 pixels so readability is important.

Does anyone have recommendations for a good font that is very easily
readable at about 12pt that also looks good? I was thinking along the
lines of the Myriad or Podium Sans font used in iPod minis, but ideally a
free font--this project will go open source at some point.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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2009\05\15@220157 by Christopher Cole

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On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 10:16:55PM +0100, Brendan Gillatt wrote:
> I am creating a small, handheld device with an LCD display. I have
> written some code to convert ttf fonts to C arrays (which I shall be
> releasing soon WTS).

I have created a similar utility, based upon ttfbanner.  You can check it
out at:

http://coledd.com/software/lcd/font_encoder.tar.bz2

This is just a utility I hacked together in a few minutes, but does what
I need :)  I used the ttfbanner utility as the basis, as it is an excellent
tool for this application.

> Does anyone have recommendations for a good font that is very easily
> readable at about 12pt that also looks good?

Great question - There are a few nice looking fonts at:

http://www.fonts4free.net/

They have both TTF fonts, as well as fixed fonts.  The problem is getting
a TTF font to look good at 12 point.  At this small size, the font
rendering does some really odd looking things to the characters.  Maybe
the fixed-width fonts are worth considering?

Take care,
-Chris

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2009\05\15@232252 by Harold Hallikainen

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While not ttf, I've been using UniFont to handle 16 bit Unicode
characters. Characters are either 8x16 or 16x16 pixels. I'm holding the
whole set in a 2MB SPI flash chip. As I get each character, I look up the
bitmap and either send it to the display (if the display has its own
buffer) or put it in PIC RAM if I have to continuously clock out the data
(like for a Kopin micro LCD I'm working with).

Harold


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2009\05\16@021106 by Philip Pemberton

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Brendan Gillatt wrote:
> Does anyone have recommendations for a good font that is very easily
> readable at about 12pt that also looks good? I was thinking along the
> lines of the Myriad or Podium Sans font used in iPod minis, but ideally a
> free font--this project will go open source at some point.

Maybe Silkscreen (by Jason Kottke)?

<http://kottke.org/plus/type/silkscreen/>

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2009\05\16@091701 by Brendan Gillatt

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Philip Pemberton wrote:
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That's the kind of style I'm looking for but I forgot to mention in my
post that ideally the font would be anti aliased.

Nonetheless, this font could be useful in a another project of mine.

Thanks for the help.

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2009\05\16@092418 by Brendan Gillatt

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Christopher Cole wrote:
> Great question - There are a few nice looking fonts at:
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> http://www.fonts4free.net/

Thanks. There are a couple of nice sans fonts in that collection I shall
try out.

> They have both TTF fonts, as well as fixed fonts.  The problem is getting
> a TTF font to look good at 12 point.  At this small size, the font
> rendering does some really odd looking things to the characters.  Maybe
> the fixed-width fonts are worth considering?

Must fonts are rendering okay at 12pt -- the glyphs are anti aliased so
it is no different to rendering on a PC.

Thanks for the help.

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Brendan Gillatt | GPG Key: 0xBF6A0D94
brendan {a} brendangillatt (dot) co (dot) uk
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2009\05\16@094951 by Brendan Gillatt

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Thanks everyone for the help but I just happened to stumble apon a really
nice font by chance today that is perfect: Droid by Steve Matteson. It
was designed purposefully for handheld devices (specifically those with
the Android platform)

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2009\05\16@113608 by Alan B. Pearce

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>nice font by chance today that is perfect: Droid by Steve Matteson.

Link ??

2009\05\16@115147 by Brendan Gillatt

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Alan B. Pearce wrote:
>> nice font by chance today that is perfect: Droid by Steve Matteson.
>
> Link ??

Sure:
http://damieng.com/blog/2007/11/14/droid-font-family-courtesy-of-google-ascender

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2009\05\16@121847 by Alan B. Pearce

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>> Link ??
>
>Sure:

Thanks.

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