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There is still a small chance that you’re working with PostScript Type 1 versions if you have been working with our fonts for over a decade. We started distributing our desktop fonts in the more recent OpenType format long ago, and our library upgrade in 2013 turned all our fonts in the same technical condition. Since then all our desktop fonts come as OpenType fonts. More details were back then described in Upgrade available & Notes about the library upgrade.
Those good old PostScript Type 1 fonts you might have bought from us 20 years ago, still work today. However, as of January 2023 Adobe is no longer supporting PostScript Type 1 fonts in their applications. So today is a good moment to check if the Underware fonts you are working with are already in the .otf (OpenType) format. If not, you can upgrade them to the most recent version for free in your account.
In case you have any questions about this, or trouble with upgrading, just contact us.
If you don’t consider fonts chuck aways, and still want to use them after the weekend, you’ll be delighted that we continuously keep on improving all our fonts. Today we released an update for our complete library.
If you work for a longer period with our fonts, you get to know their possibilities better. Meanwhile know that we keep on improving (y)our fonts, because those fonts are valuable part of your work.
Most notable changes of this update:
• Improved language support for Dutch. All fonts now contain ijacute. Although you cannot enter this character on your keyboard, it will appear automatically once you type í (iacute) & j in a Dutch text. Additionally we added an f+ij as well as an f+f+ij ligature to all fonts, bringing back that missing dot for the ij, just to make sure your Dutch words always look piekfijn (spiffing).
• Small refinements for Turkish languages (Azerbaijani, Bashkir (Latin), Gagauz (Latin), Karakalpak (Latin), Turkish & Zazaki) for fonts with build in small caps.
• More under the bonnet improvements, offering new possibilities for type online.
• Sauna & Sauna Mono fonts got additional figure styles.
• Expanded language support for Liza. All our fonts support 219 Latin languages now. Liza has always been loaded to the max with glyphs and code, and we had a hard time to expand the language support due to this. Finally you can also set text in Bemba, Maasai or Welsh with our sexy and intelligent Liza Pro. In case you are curious, Liza now also support 18 additional languages: Atayal, Azerbaijani, Bashkir (Latin), Bemba, Chichewa, Ganda, Gikuyu, Greenlandic (Kalaallisut), Igbo, Kaingang, Maasai, Rotuman, Sami (Inari Sami), Sami (Northern Sami), Welsh, Wolof, Zarma & Zazaki. This means all our fonts now have the same extensive Latin Plus language support.
Stay Pro, and update to version 2.5. Existing licensees can download the latest versions (for free) in their account. If you have any question about this update, mail email@example.com
Recently we did not only update our fonts, but simultaneously updated our licensing models. Of course the print & web license are the two most common licensing models. But the kind of font license an organization needs varies a lot between single, individual designers and a global enterprise. Therefore we developed 11 other licensing models for the most common situations in our daily practice. Fonts in mobile apps, in eBooks, educational licenses, etc. You can find a condensed overview at our website, accompanied by brief pricing information. Every licensing model is summarized within a couple of lines, but the complete small print has been included too.
Only the desktop and webfont license are included in our webshop. The sales of all other kind of licenses are processed manually, on request. If you want to use our fonts within an app for example, just send us an email. And oh ja, find easy and complicated answers on licensing here.
More good news: we started offering single fonts. Next to buying font packages, you can also just buy a single style if that’s all you need. However, we will keep on offering font packages as the bundle-discount can go up to a whopping 60% compared to buying those fonts as single fonts. You don’t wanna miss that discount, right?
Good news makes us happy. So earlier this week we gave our bundle-buying customers a “present you can’t refuse”: pick any single font of your own choice for free.
If you previously bought a font package directly from us, but didn’t receive a free font voucher yet: email us.
“Why did it take you sooooo long?” Brrr, let us explain why it took us ‘sooo long’ to upgrade our library, because if you’re not into making type you probably don’t have a clue. To many people the new upgraded fonts will look identical to their previous versions. And they are basically right, visually they didn’t change a lot. Still the same fonts. Right. Although the fonts visually improved a lot in details, upgrades like these are also focused on usability.
A decade ago most people still understood it was a headache to add German text on a Mac to a Polish document created on Windows. Lots of things would probably go wrong: strange accents, fucked up documents, etc. Meanwhile technology changed, we’re taking it much more for granted. We expect everything ‘just to work’, from our tablets, phones to our laptops and switching between them. So we expect the fonts to work accordingly, and not having ‘technical font issues’ within our digital lives. A correct Unicode support in all fonts is the first step in this direction, but more technical aspects need to be correct to make fonts as fluently operating as possible in a contemporary environment.
Today we released an upgrade of our complete library. All licensees can upgrade to this new version for free. Which means: anybody who ever bought a font directly from us receives a free upgrade, also when you purchased more than a decade ago.
Everybody should have received an email today which contains an upgrade-link. In case you didn’t receive this, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most notable changes of this upgrade:
• improved screen performance of webfonts
• broader language support (200+ languages)
• more OpenType features included
• all fonts come in .otf format
• webfonts are now synced with desktop fonts
• improved cross-platform compatibility
(in case you want more technical details, read Notes about the library upgrade)
The complete Underware font library has been upgraded in May 2013. Previously our fonts all dated from different technical eras. From today on, all our fonts are technically from the same date. And we plan to maintain that in the future.
Here are a couple of notes about these new font files.
Notable changes for all fonts:
• All desktop fonts come by default in .otf format. These OpenType fonts can be installed on OSX as well as Windows computers. (.ttf formats are available on request, just send us an email after you purchased/upgraded)
• This is Pro. Because of all major improvements and expansions, these fonts are so pro that their names also carry the Pro addition. So in case you’re in doubt whether you have the latest version: just look if the font file is named “Pro” or check the version number. New fonts have a version number 2+. You can see the version number in the Finder > Info [Mac] or double-click [Windows].
• Much better screen performance of all webfonts. Crack, they even look good in InternetExplorer 8 on Windows. And while we were busy with that, we also made the desktop fonts look much better on screen.
• All fonts support 200+ Latin languages, allowing you to reach an estimated 2.134.923.711 speakers worldwide. Find an overview of all 213 supported languages in the support section. (One exception: Liza is already loaded to the max, and unfortunately can’t handle more characters. Luckily she still supports 195 languages, including all Western and Central European languages)
• A bunch of new OpenType-feautures. Not only the not very often used ‘Slashed Zero’, but also some other more useful features. See the font specific overview below.
• Optimized the cross-platform compatibility between OSX and Windows. The fonts are as cross-platform as possible, but please note that there is one known technical issue with MS Office.
• Desktop-safe and web-safe metrics, as cross-app and cross-platform safe as possible. Clipping issues were already history, but contemporary metrics settings vary from 5 years old ‘best practices’. These new metrics are as safe as it can get, and are different for web than for desktop fonts.
• These new fonts are not style-linked at all anymore. Which means that in applications which use the ‘Bold’ and ‘Italic’ buttons, you need to select every style through the font menu instead of clicking [B] and [I].
• Some minor technical issues were fixed (like PDF-export problems in exotic environments).
Please note: these new fonts are not (100%) backwards compatible with their previous versions. If you replace the old version of a font with the new, updated version, be aware that text in your documents might reflow, you might experience differences in metrics (different linespacing and different width of some characters) and x-heights, and not even to mention that many glyphs have different (= improved) outlines too. This difference varies per font, per app and per platform.
Additional notable changes per family:
• Auto now has all 4 figures styles as an OpenType-feature (Tabular and Proportional & Old Style and Lining) and some other new OpenType-features. Instead of having 3 different families (Auto 1 & Auto 2 & Auto 3), these new Auto styles have been reorganized into just 1 family called “Auto Pro”. Depending on the amount of styles you have got installed, they will all appear in a nice order in the submenu of Auto Pro. And Auto now talks Anutan, Cimbrian, Hopi, Tokelauan and 200 other languages.
• Bello now has an extensive language support, and by default has the script and caps font separated. Both fonts now support real fractions as an OpenType-feature. The multi-layered glyphs in Bello Words became easy to use due to a clever OpenType-feature (Discretionary Ligatures).
• Dolly has a bunch of new ligatures (Th, fb, fh, fj, ffj, fk, ft, etc.) in the Ligatures feature & and some more fancy ligatures (eg. ch, ck, ct, sp, st, etc.) accessible through the Discretionary ligature feature, some extra ampersands, large language support, and Dolly now contains 2 figures styles (Old Style and Lining, both proportional). [note: A future version of Dolly will have more weights, styles and also more figure styles]
• Fakir didn’t change a lot. However, the complete family now supports over 200 languages and has some new OpenType-features. Some minor bugs got fixed, a couple of OpenType features added.
• Liza is basically a technical update, no visual consequences for desktop fonts. Liza was already loaded to the max, additions were not possible. However, a modified GSUB code was necessary to make our über-intelligent Liza also look rather smart in a browser due to technical restrictions of browsers. This modified, little bit simplified code is only included in the webfonts. The desktop font have the original, super intelligent version. But remember: in the best cases the webfonts will still look different than the desktop fonts because of this different OpenType-code.
• Sauna, oh oh Sauna, the swashy ligatures (ch, cl, fb, kk, sh, zz, etc, etc.) are inserted by default because they are now build into the Ligatures feature of all Sauna Swash-fonts (an OpenType-feature which is activated by default). Sauna speaks Abenaki till Zulu, and 200 other languages in between. The multi-layered glyphs in Sauna Dingbats became easy to use, due to a clever OpenType-feature (Discretionary Ligatures).
• Unibody, our oldskool-pixel-classic, now supports over 200 languages but nevertheless remains as free as it used to be.
So long. Enjoy these new versions.