The shareware option certainly encourages creativity, but I've found
problems with most shareware fonts I've downloaded, not all, but most of
them. Some of the problems: strange and inconsistent kerning; characters
that don't print or that are different on screen and printed; problems
printing to certain printers. That's just off the top of my head. I think
people in a hurry, who want to be assured of the consistency of the product,
often bypass shareware fonts because they don't have the time to fiddle with
And I have yet to find any decent shareware fonts--I've downloaded hundreds
(paid for some, too)--that can be used as body text. Maybe someone can point
me in the direction of shareware fonts that will work on my PC consistently.
Don't give me information on type foundries. I'm hooked up with literally
all of them. If there are decent shareware fonts, I'd sure like to try them.
From: Jim Lynch
To: Multiple recipients of list TYPO-L
Subject: Re: font collections
Date: Friday, August 23, 1996 1:54PM
On this thread, since there seems to be no problem in your area so far
with pirating fonts, what's wrong with buying shareware and paying the
few dollars for the right to use them (IF you use them) rather than
swinging completely to the other end of the spectrum and paying many,
many thousands for the font collections of the big graphics houses and
possibly not using many of them?
My attitude is that, for the work that went into them, those big houses
made their money back within a few sales. And at virtually no cost for
current distribution, all current sales are now virtually all profit.
Why not give the shareware option a chance - it encourages creativity
and is available all over the place, including by the thousands on CDs
in large bookstores.