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Type Americana conference

Friday, July 30, 2010

On November 12 & 13, 2010 in Seattle, Washington there is a gathering of historians, designers and wood blocks from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, hosted by the School of Visual Concepts.

Ascender's type director, Steve Matteson, will be speaking about Fred and Bertha Goudy and their lives working together and their enormous impact on typography and printing.

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Stats on Windows XP and Windows 7

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ascender is proud to offer licenses for Microsoft's fonts - to everyone from end users looking for a font that came with an old version of Publisher to developers and enterprises seeking Microsoft fonts for compatibility purposes, or for their on-screen quality or language support  features.

At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, Tami Reller, Corporate Vice President and CFO, Windows & Windows Live provided some interesting statistics about Windows and PCs:
  • There are 1.1 billion PC users worldwide
  • In the first seven months, 150 million licenses of Windows 7 were sold
  • 370 million Windows PCs expected to be shipped in the next 12 months
  • 40 million netbooks are expected to ship in the next 12 months
  • 74% of businesses still run Microsoft Windows XP
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Ascender proud to announce CanadaType fonts now available!

Today we are happy to introduce yet another fine collection of fonts is available for licensing from Ascender. Canada Type boasts an impressive type library with distinctive script fonts and wonderful historical and nostalgic fonts. There are over 500 fonts in the Canada Type collection - all available now for purchase and instant download from and also for software and hardware companies to license for use with their products from the website.

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FontsLive - Ascender's web font service - enhancements announced

Friday, July 9, 2010

We are pleased to announce that Ascender has enhanced its web font service available on to offer advanced features to its customers for controlling how web fonts are loaded into web pages.

Starting today, Ascender’s customers at FontsLive can use the WebFont Loader, a JavaScript library co-developed by Google and Typekit that provides a variety of options for web developers to control the web font loading experience. This allows developers to establish a more consistent occurrence across browsers and tap additional features related to the process of downloading and displaying fonts on a web page.

Ascender's FontsLive service offers hundreds of premium quality fonts from leading type designers and foundries for license as web fonts (and also as downloads for designers to use on their workstations). FontsLive makes it simple and fast for web designers and developers to implement web fonts by adding a single line of code to web pages.

The WebFont Loader JavaScript library is being made available as an optional feature for developers to access via their FontsLive account.

“The WebFont Loader provides more control over how web fonts are downloaded and displayed on web pages” said Tomas Kirda, Chief Technology Officer with DevBridge, Ascender’s web development partner. “The Ascender module for the WebFont Loader will be a welcome addition for our more advanced customers who are comfortable with JavaScript and want more powerful tools with their hosted or self-hosted web font accounts” he added.

Here is an example of the single line of code a FontsLive customer would add to their web pages to access their web fonts:

Instead of using the above CSS link, to access the Ascender module with the WebFont Loader JavaScript Library, the following sample code would be used:

As an alternative, FontsLive customers already using Google's AJAX APIs would call the WebFont Loader as follows:
The controls for accessing the WebFonts Loader are available to FontsLive customer in their account management area. The JavaScript code is dynamically generated based on the web fonts selected for a particular website project in a user's account.

FontsLive offers a free 30 day trial for customers to see how powerful web fonts are as a way to enhance the typography of web sites. Users can experiment with the standard FontsLive code, or accessing the WebFont Loader. For more information visit

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New font pack showcases OpenType features in Microsoft Office 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 introduces a variety of OpenType advanced typographic features previously only available to creative professionals using Adobe Creative Suite or QuarkXPress. The features support includes ligatures, number forms & spacing, contextual alternatives and stylistic sets.

Today we are proud to announce the Ascender 2010 Font Pack - an affordable collection of OpenType fonts that showcases the new font features in Word 2010 and Publisher 2010.

The Ascender 2010 Font Pack contains the following fonts: Comic Sans 2010 (including new italic and bold italic fonts), Trebuchet 2010 (including new black & black italic fonts), Impact™ 2010, Pokerface™ 2010, Rebekah™ 2010 and Rebus Script™ 2010.

The Ascender 2010 Font Pack is priced at $14.99 with a single user license and is available for immediate download exclusively from Ascender's website.

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