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Monotype Imaging is a leading provider of advanced font products specializing in font technologies, type design, multilingual font development & licensing and software development for mobile phones. The Monotype Imaging team is renowned for its TrueType and OpenType font expertise, and can tune fonts for on-screen legibility in Microsoft Windows as well as Digital TV, Set Top Boxes, Mobile Phones, Game Consoles, Embedded Systems, Consumer Electronics and other devices.

Ascender launches site with premium quality web fonts

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2010 is definitely the year of web fonts! So much is happening and Ascender is proud to be leading the way! Today we are announcing a new site for web designers and developers focused on web fonts. has some of the most advanced web font solutions available, and features a hand-picked selection of fonts that are optimized for readability on screen.

FontsLive leverages the Ascender Web Fonts platform to offer designers the option of cloud-based hosting or self-hosted solutions. All fonts on are reviewed for their on-screen quality. Ascender's TrueType hinting team, led by Tom Rickner, evaluates the quality of each font and optimizes the rendering in various display environments.
The website offers a free 30 day trial for designers to try out fonts and see the quality for themselves. For more information, read the Ascender news release, or visit

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TrueType hinting - the key to Ascender's superior quality fonts

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ascender is the undisputed leader in producing the finest quality fonts that render well on screen. Whether for User Interfaces or web fonts, the challenges remain the same to optimize the user experience with fonts that are legible and readable.

Ascender's font experts have earned their reputation because of their expertise in 'hinting' TrueType fonts. Led by Tom Rickner, the Ascender team has developed a wide range of fonts that can be found in mobile phones, digital TVs and set top boxes, operating systems and devices of all kinds.

Ascender uses many of the same tools as other foundries to produce the basic font outlines. But that's where the similarity ends. Ascender's unique expertise and proprietary tools allow it to generating high quality TrueType fonts that are superior to basic autohinted fonts.

This process allows the Ascender team to hand edit the code and generate superior hints, and thus optimize the output for various rendering engines. All of this allows Ascender to produce TrueType fonts unsurpassed in font quality.

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