Author Topic: Typography in 8 bits: System fonts. By Damien Guard  (Read 298 times)

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Re: Typography in 8 bits: System fonts. By Damien Guard
« Reply #1 on: 10:45, 18 August 18 »
Nice article!


I think it’s also nice that he linked TTF versions of the fonts.


Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Typography in 8 bits: System fonts. By Damien Guard
« Reply #2 on: 11:16, 18 August 18 »
That's a very interesting article!
Thanks for the link.
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Re: Typography in 8 bits: System fonts. By Damien Guard
« Reply #3 on: 13:51, 18 August 18 »
Glad you found it interesting.

Yes robcfg, I agree that the option to download TrueType versions of the fonts is a pretty neat idea.

Cheers,

Peter
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Re: Typography in 8 bits: System fonts. By Damien Guard
« Reply #4 on: 21:42, 18 August 18 »
This is really nice! I would have loved an entry on the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A (it was a 99-4 with added "lower case" letters that were just smaller versions of the upper case letters plus a few other tweaks). After the CPC, that ridiculous metal oddity (the first 16-bit home computer, although you wouldn't know it by looking at it) is my favourite computer.

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Re: Typography in 8 bits: System fonts. By Damien Guard
« Reply #5 on: 17:29, 19 August 18 »
The 99/4A is there: Texas Instruments TI-99/4A (TMS9918) (1985). I think it got moved cos there was lots of yelling over it not being an 8-bit system. That's one odd system font.
I rather like the Osbourne-1's font: https://github.com/phooky/PROM/tree/master/Osbourne%201
Though it's not really an 8-bit system, the Apple IIgs's Shaston system font looks really pretty on the soft old analogue RGB displays: http://www.kreativekorp.com/software/fonts/apple2.shtml#shaston
But none of them are as cool as the stoners at Atari who hid the sacred image of J. R. "Bob" Dobbs in the character set.

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Re: Typography in 8 bits: System fonts. By Damien Guard
« Reply #6 on: 12:30, 20 August 18 »
Thanks for the link! It's weird that they claim the TI-99/4A is from 1985, I'm not sure where that comes from. The 4A came out in 1981 as an enhanced replacement for the 99/4, which debuted in 1979 (a 16-bit home computer in the 70's!). I get the feeling this entry was written quickly and/or as an afterthought since the bulk of the opening blurb for it is copied directly from the TRS 80.

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Re: Typography in 8 bits: System fonts. By Damien Guard
« Reply #7 on: 15:30, 20 August 18 »
Ah yes, I've used the fonts from that site at different times, excellent resource.


@scruss , the Osbourne font looks lovely in the github repo, but the ttf itself doesn't seem to produce anything?

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Re: Typography in 8 bits: System fonts. By Damien Guard
« Reply #8 on: 17:05, 20 August 18 »
… I get the feeling this entry was written quickly and/or as an afterthought since the bulk of the opening blurb for it is copied directly from the TRS 80.
Yeah, it doesn't make sense. I'd written about that in a draft response which got lost through finger trouble.
@scruss , the Osbourne font looks lovely in the github repo, but the ttf itself doesn't seem to produce anything?
I think that one only has a bitmap layer in the TTF, which some systems don't like rendering. I use the BDF, but it might not work for you. Here's that Osbourne font at 4× scale from pbmtext, attached (or it should be, preview is being ropey).

I'm rather fond of old bitmap and plotter fonts, and have put a bunch on Font Library. I'd like to make a nice TTF set from the DMP 3000 Character Set ROMs one day.