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by Johnathan Zsittnik

For many designers, the prospect of buying a font is a mixed bag of excitement and trepidation. The idea of adding to your type arsenal can be exhilarating until you consider the uncertainty of whether the typeface will behave as expected when put to work in your project. Countless preview tools have been released to address these concerns, but none resolve them nearly as elegantly or effortless as SkyFonts.

The SkyFonts utility is a free, lightweight client that allows you to temporarily install fonts and synchronize them across multiple workstations. If you’ve been following along, you’ve heard us (and perhaps a few of your peers) talk about it quite a bit. Earlier this year, we teamed with Google to enable users to install Google Fonts through SkyFonts. We also made SkyFonts the delivery mechanism for desktop fonts within our Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions. Now we’re further broadening the use of the tool by enabling anyone to use it to try more than 30,000 fonts from over 100 foundries – all for free. Here’s how it works.

SkyFonts-Trial

Visit Fonts.com and search for the font of your choice. If your font is available for free trial, it will contain a ‘download a free trial’ link on its product page, family page or search results listing. Click this link to initiate your trial. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to create a Fonts.com account and install the SkyFonts client (both are free). The site will prompt you to do both if you haven’t done so beforehand. Once you’re trial starts, the font is downloaded and installed on your machine and can be used like any other font. Open up your favorite design app, choose the typeface from your font menu and give it a test drive. Please remember that font trials are for evaluation purposes only. After five minutes, the font will disappear from your machine. From there its up to you to determined if this is the font of your typographic dreams or if you’d rather just be friends. Either way, you won’t see a heavy-handed offer to buy the font when your trial is over.

Fonts.com desktop font trials will give you an unprecedentedly up-close preview of your fonts before you buy them. And judging from the feedback of our previous implementations, we think you’re going to love it. Go ahead and give it a try and let us know what you think.


by Darren Glenister

Fonts.com Subscription Extension

The recent integration of our SkyFonts technology into our Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription plans introduced some major new benefits. These included the ability to try fonts before buying them, and the ability to use fonts included with your subscription for website mockup use and even final design use. Now we’re excited to bring you two new tools that make SkyFonts even easier to use. And of course, there’s no additional charge for either of them, since they’re automatically part of all Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions, even our free plan. Don’t have a plan yet? Sign up now for free.

Try, install and sync fonts from favorite Adobe design applications

We have an all-new Fonts.com subscription extension for industry-standard design applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Whether you’re using Adobe Creative Cloud or Creative Suite, you can try, install, and sync desktop fonts from your Fonts.com subscription directly through your favorite design applications.

Fonts.com Subscription Extension

All the functionality of the SkyFonts client for activating fonts is built right into the extension. An unobtrusive window within your application allows you to search for and activate fonts right in your document. Free plan subscribers can use the extension to initiate five minute trials of fonts while higher level subscribers can use the extension to install mockup fonts and desktop fonts included with their plans.

A boon for efficiency, any fonts you trial or activate will automatically be pushed to your authorized machines through SkyFonts. Don’t have SkyFonts installed on one of your devices? Click here to download it at no cost. With our new extension you’re able to focus on your project details instead of managing or installing fonts. Whether choosing type, prototyping designs, or executing production work for digital or print projects, this extension allows you to take full advantage of your Fonts.com subscription benefits with ease.

Download the Fonts.com Subscription Adobe Extension for free.

Easily Browse & Activate Fonts Directly on Your iPad 

Need to make type choices when you’re away from the office, or don’t have access to your primary workstation? Or just want to browse fonts for fun?

We’re also excited to announce the Fonts.com subscription iPad app. With an intuitive touch interface, you can select, compare and activate fonts directly from your iPad. The app will be available for download shortly. In the meantime, you can try it out in your browser.

Fonts.com Subscription iPad App

Filter designs by visual traits such as weight, width and x-height, or browse typefaces by individual foundry. Use the mix feature to easily compare up to three different typefaces at a time, giving you a great way to gauge and establish a visual hierarchy for your project — pick your headline, subhead and body text type system in one simple step.

Find a design you like? Add it to your list of favorites with a touch of a button — a convenient way to save fonts for future projects or to collect type options to present to clients and colleagues. Or already know which designs you’d like to use? You can activate trials, mockup and desktop fonts directly from your iPad — even selections made on the go are automatically synced to all your authorized machines via SkyFonts.

With our new Fonts.com subscription Adobe extension and iPad app, you can now access type in whatever application you are in — be it Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, and from wherever you are — in the office or on the go.

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Ryan ArrudaRyan Arruda is the Web Content Strategist at Monotype Imaging. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies from Clark University, and an MFA in graphic design from RISD.

by Darren Glenister

Today, we are excited to commercially release SkyFonts – the first of its kind font rental service. As we say goodbye to a beta period that spanned more than 3 months and provided us with invaluable insight into your interests surrounding a new way of discovering and using fonts, we welcome a handful of new aspects of the SkyFonts experience that we’re confident you’ll enjoy.SkyFontsAs part of the release, we are revealing the full details of the SkyFonts credit system. As our beta participants know, credits are used in SkyFonts to rent fonts. A single credit is used to rent a font for a day. Three credits will allow you to rent a font for a month (30 days). Credits are available in packs of 15 or more at a price of $3 per credit – a price that was determined in part by your feedback. For short term projects that will be completed in a day or a month, we think that paying $3 — $9 to use a font is a nice alternative to paying for a perpetual font license. You can save a little on SkyFonts credits if you purchase them in larger quantities.

SkyFonts

Utilize the SkyFonts website to browse thousands of quality typeface families

Unlike the ‘beta credits’ which expire after 30 days, any credits purchased can be used for one year before expiring. The entire SkyFonts inventory will be available for free trial. Simply select the ‘try for 5 minutes’ option for access to the actual font data.

Once you’ve loaded up your account with credits, we’ve got plenty of options for you to spend them on. The SkyFonts catalog now boasts a selection of more than 8,000 fonts. You’ll discover designs from a broad range of top sources including our own Monotype, Linotype, ITC, Ascender and Bitstream foundries in addition to many of our foundry partners such as Mark Simonson, TypeTogether, Laura Worthington, Typodermic, the Chank Company, Yellow Design Studio, Emboss Fonts, Bean and Morris, Type Associates and Mint Type.SkyFonts

So what’s next for SkyFonts? We’re currently working on some additional enhancements to the website that will make it easier to explore the inventory. We’re also exploring options to allow you to browse and activate fonts in other places including design applications and other websites and services from Monotype.

As a thank you to the valuable feedback you’ve provided, we’ve topped off the accounts of our beta participants with 110 beta credits which can be used for the next 30 days. For those that haven’t signed up, we have something for you as well. Create your free account now and receive 10 free credits (good for one year). But do so quickly. This introductory offer won’t last.

 


by Johnathan Zsittnik

When we announced our SkyFonts font rental service just over two months ago, we promised to continually expand the service’s selection of typefaces. Those participating in the beta have hopefully noticed that we’ve kept to our word. Our most recent release more than doubles our original inventory, providing access to over 5,000 fonts. From Avenir to Zapfino, the selection includes an array of design standards from premium sources such as Monotype, Linotype, ITC, Ascender and Bitstream.

But perhaps you’re thinking, “I know those typefaces inside and out. The real benefit of a font rental service is the access to designs that I haven’t worked with before.” Well then, you’ll be pleased to hear that we’re by no means finished adding to the inventory. Stay tuned, as thousands of more designs including those from many other sources are headed your way.

SkyFonts New Releases

A handful of recommended typefaces to try through our SkyFonts font rental service. From left to right: Levato, Neue Haas Grotesk, Classic Grotesque, Akko, Biome, Neue Aachen and DIN Next.

For now, here are a few recommendations (pulled from the Fonts.com New Best Sellers list) that you may not have gotten your hands on before: Levato, Neue Haas Grotesk, Classic Grotesque, Akko, Biome, Neue Aachen, and DIN Next. Each design is available on SkyFonts allowing them to be tried for a few minutes for free, or rented for a day or month using credits. Credits are free during the beta, so if you haven’t signed up yet, join us at skyfonts.com.

Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.



by Johnathan Zsittnik

By now, you may have heard of our SkyFonts service. If not, SkyFonts is a first-of-its-kind font rental service that allows you to try fonts for a few minutes for free, or rent fonts using credits for a day or a month. SkyFonts was created with two primary goals. First, we wanted to provide designers with a better way to experiment with type before making a purchase. Second, we wanted to introduce a rental model that would allow designers to pay for type only as long as they needed it.

SkyFonts debuted in private beta last month and the feedback has been incredibly enthusiastic and positive. You’ve expressed interest in both trialing and renting fonts through SkyFonts and we’re excited to unveil new features and font releases that will improve both aspects of the service. We’ve accepted over 1,000 participants into the beta – just a fraction of the applicants. We’ve kept the test group small to allow us to keep up with the feedback. But if you’re still waiting to get in, good news awaits! We’re preparing to open the proverbial floodgates on the beta. Stay tuned to your inbox. Your invite isn’t far off.

Rent Avenir fonts on SkyFontsWe have even better news for those already participating in the SkyFonts beta. We’ve just released over 350 fonts to the service giving us a selection of more than 2,000 quality fonts. We pulled some of the biggest names from our Monotype and Linotype collections, so you’ll see some familiar faces. Highlights include Monotype’s Abadi, Neo Sans, Rockwell and Soho families and Linotype’s Avenir, Eurostile, Frutiger and Univers designs.

Visit SkyFonts.com to sign up for the free beta and to try your hand at renting fonts.

Allan Haley
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.



by Johnathan Zsittnik

Introducing the SkyFonts Font Rental ServiceHave you ever eyed a typeface for a specific job but were hesitant to purchase because you knew you wouldn’t have much use for it with future projects or clients? Have you ever been burned by a font purchase because it looked better on the website where you purchased it than it did in your document? A font purchase can sometimes be a big and pricey commitment. So, if it doesn’t seem fair to commit to a typeface that you’re only going to use for a short period of time, or to take the plunge with a font before you try it in your design doc, you may be surprised to hear that we agree. Allow us to introduce you to a revolutionary way to try out and license type.

Meet the SkyFonts service: a cloud-based font rental service made for those who love to try new type. Leveraging patent-pending technology and a catalog of thousands of top name typefaces, SkyFonts lets you try out any font for free. The service activates the actual font data on your machine for a short period so you can try it out in any of your applications. –No images or other hacks. You get the actual font data to experiment with. When you’ve found the right typeface, pay only for as long as you need it. You can rent fonts for a month or as little as a day. Click a button and SkyFonts will activate and synchronize the font on up to five workstations.

SkyFonts Font Rental Service

Browse SkyFonts.com for the font of your choice. Try any font for free, or use credits to rent fonts for a day or a month.

This represents a radical new way to work with type –and for many, a far better way. With broader and more affordable access to fonts, we expect users to be able to create higher quality designs while saving money. Those who design from multiple workstations will also save time by synchronizing their fonts from their SkyFonts account across all their workstations.

Today SkyFonts debuts in beta. Each month of the beta, our participants will receive 110 SkyFonts credits. Use one credit to rent a font for a day. Use three credits to rent a font for a month. All credits issued during beta will expire at the conclusion of the beta so be sure to use them up! We’ll announce pricing for credits at the beta’s conclusion. If you’d like to give it a go, request your beta invitation on SkyFonts.com. We’ll be gradually working our way through our invitation requests over the coming weeks while we collect feedback, so please be patient. In the meantime, you check out the introductory video or learn more by browsing the FAQs from the homepage.

Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.


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