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Redrobes
06-29-2011, 02:24 PM
I think this is new and could be really useful to us cartophiles...

Google are organizing millions of free fonts, primarily for the web but I think the idea is that you can use them for anything. If not at least you should be able to get the type face out of it. As you can tell, I haven't played with it yet.

Since google seem to do things that everyone else is already doing but only in a way that's actually nice to use, this might end up being my font bank.

http://www.google.com/webfonts/v2

Steel General
06-29-2011, 02:28 PM
Cool! Thanks for posting RR.

Djekspek
06-29-2011, 02:56 PM
wow, great find! License info says: "All the Google web fonts are open source. That means that you are free to to use them in any way you want, independent of whether you're working on a private or commercial project.". So for websites this is awesome. I dont think the font-files themselves are dowloadable so you cannot use them in your gimp, ps, etc. tools. Still, I like this a lot! cheers, DJ

Ascension
06-29-2011, 05:16 PM
I spent some time trying to figure out a work-around for downloading 'cuz there's 3 or 4 there that I don't have and need. Yes, need, I'm an obsessive completist and if there's something I don't have then I need it. Couldn't find a way to dl so, dang. Makes me want to do a website just to put those fonts to use.

Redrobes
06-29-2011, 08:30 PM
I played with it briefly and like the UI. You get a word, sentence and paragraph view and its really cool to see it in paragraph view when you can see instantly how readable it is. Now I thought that the idea was that you could make a web page and use these fonts with it so at some point you have to be able to get the font or some URL pointing to it. Maybe that url is a google one... I'll have another play in a mo.

I see they released Google+ today too. See the latest XKCD for the most totally right in the bulls-eye explanation of what that's all about.


EDIT - nope its a total piece of cake. You just add the ones you like to your collection and then affirm the use and in the top right is "Download collection" link and it zips them all up and gives them to you. Nice.

Ascension
06-29-2011, 10:25 PM
Sweetness. This is why I say that I am technologically challenged...because I'm stupid. :)

arsheesh
06-29-2011, 10:29 PM
I'm so checking this out! Thanks for posting the link Redrobes.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

RogerStenning
07-01-2011, 05:02 PM
+1 - VERY Useful indeed - many thanks :-)

bartmoss
07-04-2011, 03:06 PM
Awesome find, thank you.