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Thomas Phinney

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Cristoforo Regular is now kerned

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The next updated version of Cristoforo Regular (v162), which should go out within the next 24 hours, features the addition of major kerning. If you are a backer at $24+ and do not receive the email with the attached font file, please contact me!

Cristoforo without kerning
Cristoforo without kerning
After kerning
After kerning

This also corrects assorted minor bugs, adds a few glyphs I missed (mostly ones required by interaction of accented characters with alternate glyph designs), makes some very small tweaks to the spacing, and adds the new Russian ruble sign.

I have written a lengthy piece for my blog about spacing and kerning, what it is and how it works, and how much work kerning can be, using Cristoforo Regular as an example. It includes a section on “application support” with details on how to turn on kerning in Word and PowerPoint (it is off by default in Microsoft Office).

This likely represents the final major update of the Regular! It is now feature-complete. I am not truly “done” as I will find more bugs, and continue to examine and tweak the kerning. So there will be more releases, no doubt. But there is nothing I know to be missing or wrong.

Don’t forget to uninstall any previous build of the Regular before installing this one. Please report to me any bugs or issues you have on this version of the font, whether with kerning, spacing, character set, OpenType features, or something else.

On version numbers and DropBox

You may notice that the version numbers aren't changing much any more. This is not because I am not working on the font, but because I am using an optional feature of the DropBox cloud storage and filesharing system, that lets me roll back to any previously saved version ever, without doing anything special to save the different versions.

So now I only increment the numbers when I actually do a test build. I've only needed the rollback feature a few times, but it has been totally awesome when I have used it. Just a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that I had made a critical error several hours earlier. But I had been saving regularly (like 30 times that day), so I just rolled back to the exact version before I made the mistake. It was a very sweet moment, believe me.

By the way, if you are interested in DropBox, you get 2 GB of space for free (and can earn more). If you get it via this link they'll give you an extra 500 MB of free space (and me an extra 1 GB): https://db.tt/I4xdmcRT

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